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Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can expect wages of $17.87 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers — including $2K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $65K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,827 - $73,905
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,904
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90%

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$13.94 - $23.83
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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
$32,827 - $73,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,989  
Commission
$1,500 - $21,500  
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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$30,875 - $64,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.94 - $23.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$19.03 - $35.03  
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 - $2,061  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $21,500  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,989  
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).
)
$30,875 - $64,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,752

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


Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers flock to FedEx Freight, United Rentals Inc., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., and Schneider National Company, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $60K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $35K to $72K.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($30K).

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent) and Baltimore (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Las Vegas. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (9 percent lower) and Dallas (7 percent lower).

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

CDL
up arrow 15%

hazmat
up arrow 8%

Safety Compliance
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Transport
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Commercial
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
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Jobsite Delivery
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$46,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 552 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%