An Entry-Level Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer earns an average wage of $17.40 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight and hazmat.

$28,878 - $66,979
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,862
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$13.09 - $22.39
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,878 - $66,979  
   
Bonus
$197.10 - $4,998  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $4,894  
Commission
$6,000  
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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$28,899 - $61,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,890
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $22.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.84  
Overtime
$18.57 - $32.85  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$197.10 - $4,998  
   
Commission
$6,000  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $4,894  
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).
)
$28,899 - $61,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,945
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National Average: $41,670

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Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Kent:
"I know what I was getting into."
Drive with a lot of caution watch out for the other driver you never know what they will do.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Denver:
"Be prepared for some long hours."
If you become a local delivery driver, just remember, you have no set time you'll be off everyday. Your day is over when you finish your deliveries. Some days you have a light workload, others they'll pile the work on. Don't even think about becoming the head coach of your sons little league team!! You'll miss more games than you'll attend! There's also unforeseen circumstances that can make your day longer. Like equipment problems, breakdowns, dealing with disgruntled customers, traffic, etc. Also, the dispatchers are always trying to push to get more out of you, So they try to make you feel like you're running behind all the time. So you're running around rushing all day. But trying not to mess anything up. Or worse, get into an accident. This makes for a stressful work environment. Best way to excel at this job....Dedicate yourself to your job, learn to love it, and get in good with the dispatchers. The higher ups go directly to them to see how you're doing.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Stockton:
"Too many hours."
Beware of other drivers, and road conditions. Be prepared for anything that may cause delay in work day.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Tucson:
"Calling female drivers."
Don't drive tired. Always get plenty of rest, eat healthy exercise daily. No exceptions!

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Gering:
Be patient it gets easier, take your time. You are the one that will have to deal with it if you screw up.

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

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
up arrow 18%

hazmat
up arrow 12%

Sales
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Transport
up arrow 2%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

truck driver
up arrow 2%

Jobsite Delivery
up arrow 1%

Driving
up arrow 1%

National Average
$42,000

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

CDL
up arrow 4%

forklift
up arrow 6%

Driver
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 382 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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