Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Men make up the majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $17.36 per hour. With bonuses occasionally running north of $2K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $4K, and a few commissions as high as $26K, total income for Tractor-Trailer Drivers can range between $29K and $64K according to individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. The majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,970 - $72,249
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$30K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,739
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$13.03 - $23.03
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,970 - $72,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,494  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,912  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,405 - $63,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,506
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $23.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$17.82 - $34.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,912  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,494  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,405 - $63,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,773

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Job Description for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Truck driver/tractor-trailer drivers must have knowledge of commercial driving regulations in order to transport all types of goods from livestock to materials over long-distance hauls. They must know how to maneuver the truck into the unloading and loading positions. Truck drivers must know how to go through a weigh station before and after loading. They also have to go through weigh stations while on the road. Truck drivers must maintain a log according to I.C.C. regulations. The log is presented to any law enforcement that requests it or to an employer. Some only drive during the day on short haul trips. Others may drive cross-country and take many days to get there. They are only allowed to drive 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Truck drivers must navigate through big cities, small towns, rain and snow. Knowledge of how to drive in any weather condition is a must. Truck drivers have to go to school to get the special license. They must complete a CDL (Commercial Driver License) class. They must have a CDL-A in order to drive a heavy truck. Tests and classes are given at a truck driving school. Truck driving must be taken very seriously. Truck drivers put their own lives and other people's lives in the line of fire by being careless. Safety is essential for this job.


Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Tasks

  • Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.
  • Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.

Common Career Paths for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


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Though some Tractor-Trailer Drivers move into positions like Truck Owner and Operator (where the average salary is $89K), this progression is not the norm. Tractor-Trailer Drivers most often advance into Heavy Truck Driver and Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatcher positions even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Ruan Transport Corporation, FedEx Freight, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, and Swift Transportation Corporation are all popular places to work. Although YRC Worldwide Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $62K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $41K or as much as $79K. Also paying near the top of the field are United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. at $58K, FedEx Freight at $56K, and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), where Tractor-Trailer Drivers annually earn $53K.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $32K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $41K. Other low-paying employers include C R England at $35K and Schneider National Company at $35K, though some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Tractor-Trailer Drivers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, tanker, Driver, and hazmat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include CDL, Sales, and Driving. The majority of those who know Commercial also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Tractor-Trailer Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Tractor-Trailer Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Tractor-Trailer Drivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Indianapolis (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). In Columbus, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (5 percent lower) and Tampa (4 percent lower).

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Reviews

What is it like working as a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer?

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Kirkwood:
"Fun Career enjoy the stores I deliver to."
Pros: I love driving truck and working with the customers we deliver to.
Cons: Under paid and not appreciated by the company I work for.

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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

Customer Relations
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tanker
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Driver
up arrow 13%

up arrow 9%


Hazardous Material
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Commercial
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Transport
up arrow 1%

Jobsite Delivery
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Machine Operation
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Driver/Core Development
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National Average
$43,000

Driving
up arrow 4%

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CDL
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1397 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%