Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can expect to earn an average of $19.20 per hour. 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 and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$35,654 - $77,146
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$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,839
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$14.85 - $24.86
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MEDIAN: $19.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,654 - $77,146  
   
Bonus
$285.85 - $4,947  
Profit Sharing
$0.24 - $20,273  
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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$32,951 - $69,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,373
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $24.86  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15  
Overtime
$21.31 - $35.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$285.85 - $4,947  
   
Commission
$3,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.24 - $20,273  
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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$32,951 - $69,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,860
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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers include FedEx Freight, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., YRC Worldwide Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., and United Rentals Inc. Those at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Saia Motor Freight Incorporated, YRC Worldwide Inc., and FedEx Freight, where Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers typically earn around $64K, $61K, or $57K, respectively.

Considering that the median salary at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. is a shallow $30K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is less than half of the top paying employer's rate. Werner Enterprises, Inc., Schneider National Company and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $38K, $46K, and $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,810

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 11 percent higher than the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+9 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), Portland (+6 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (9 percent less) and Orlando (8 percent less).

Key Stats for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 votes.
10-19 years
80%
20 years or more
20%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

hazmat
▲7%

CDL
▲6%

▲3%



tanker
▲2%



Commercial
▼0%

National Average
$49,000

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼1%

Driver/Core Development
▼2%

Sales
▼3%

Driver
▼3%

forklift
▼13%

Driving
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 432 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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