Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers pull down an average of $18.25 per hour. Total cash earnings of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers range from $31K on the low end to $66K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $5K, respectively. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, roughly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$33,849 - $74,271
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,848
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$14.22 - $24.32
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,849 - $74,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,910  
Profit Sharing
$136.85 - $5,093  
Commission
$3,200  
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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$31,329 - $66,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,491
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $24.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.01 - $35.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,910  
   
Commission
$3,200  
Profit Sharing
$136.85 - $5,093  
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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$31,329 - $66,036  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,188
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FedEx Freight, United Rentals Inc., Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. are all popular places to work. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers flock to United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $61K lead the pack in compensation; however, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $36K at one end to $81K at the other end. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries at Saia Motor Freight Incorporated (+$59K), FedEx Freight (+$56K), and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. (+$56K).

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $26K to just $34K — but Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $30K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Werner Enterprises, Inc. ($38K), Schneider National Company ($44K), and United Rentals Inc. ($47K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,660

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With a pay rate for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Nashville (+9 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers in Cleveland and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

hazmat
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tanker
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CDL
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Transport
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Safety Compliance
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Commercial
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Jobsite Delivery
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Customer Service
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$47,000

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Driver/Core Development
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 606 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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