Earnings for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers come in at around $19.18 per hour on average. Total cash compensation for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers runs from $33K to $69K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $20K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,404 - $76,737
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MEDIAN: $52,870
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$14.81 - $24.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,404 - $76,737  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,945  
Profit Sharing
$0.34 - $19,727  
Commission
$3,400  
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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$32,737 - $69,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,443
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $24.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15  
Overtime
$21.37 - $35.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$300.00 - $4,945  
   
Commission
$3,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.34 - $19,727  
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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$32,737 - $69,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,965

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FedEx Freight, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., United Rentals Inc., YRC Worldwide Inc., and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers flock to United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $65K lead the pack in compensation. Saia Motor Freight Incorporated, FedEx Freight, and J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers earning around $64K, $57K, or $56K at each firm, respectively.

Employees at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $30K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $26K and quickly nearing the top at only $34K. Workers at Werner Enterprises, Inc., Swift Transportation Corporation, and Schneider National Company also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $38K, $45K, and $46K respectively.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,675

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Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 14 percent higher than the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+12 percent), Nashville (+11 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Portland (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 11 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Orlando (9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 442 votes.
10-19 years
80%
20 years or more
20%
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

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Driver/Core Development
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Commercial
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National Average
$49,000

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Driver
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forklift
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 442 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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