Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

An average Experienced Tractor-Trailer Driver can expect to take home roughly $18.25 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers stretch from $31K on the lower end to $66K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,849 - $74,271
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,848
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$14.22 - $24.32
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$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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Many Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can be found at FedEx Freight, United Rentals Inc., Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $61K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $36K to $81K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Saia Motor Freight Incorporated, FedEx Freight, and Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., where Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers typically earn around $59K, $56K, or $56K, respectively.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary less than half of the top paying employer's rate ($30K). A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Werner Enterprises, Inc. ($38K), Schneider National Company ($44K), and United Rentals Inc. ($47K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,660

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 15 percent above the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Nashville (+9 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Memphis. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (10 percent lower) and Los Angeles (5 percent lower).

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

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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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Jobsite Delivery
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$47,000

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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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