Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

The average Experienced Tractor-Trailer Driver can expect to rake in roughly $17.99 per hour. Total cash compensation to Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers bottoms out near $31K and approaches $65K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,279 - $73,404
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $50,288
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$14.02 - $23.91
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,279 - $73,404  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,171  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,313  
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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$31,005 - $65,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $23.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.89  
Overtime
$19.57 - $35.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,469  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,171  
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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$31,005 - $65,230  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,943
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Popular Employer Salaries for Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Dominating the field, FedEx Freight, United Rentals Inc., Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers. Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $61K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $36K on the low end all the way up to $81K at the top. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks at FedEx Freight ($56K), Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) ($53K), and United Rentals Inc. ($47K).

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where the median salary is just $30K — less than half of the top paying company's rate. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Werner Enterprises, Inc. ($38K), Schneider National Company ($44K), and Con-Way, Inc. ($44K).

Pay Difference by Location


For Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+10 percent) and Portland (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Las Vegas, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Orlando and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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

CDL
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Safety Compliance
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Transport
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 560 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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