Entry-Level Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

An Entry-Level Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer earns an average wage of $17.56 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight and hazmat.

$28,940 - $67,753
$29K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,016
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$13.33 - $22.55
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,940 - $67,753  
   
Bonus
$192.90 - $5,022  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $4,250  
Commission
$4,800  
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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$29,192 - $61,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $22.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.45  
Overtime
$19.19 - $32.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$192.90 - $5,022  
   
Commission
$4,800  
Profit Sharing
$275.00 - $4,250  
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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$29,192 - $61,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,928

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National Average: $42,029

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Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Advice

Q: 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.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Columbus:
"On The Road Again."
You will be away from your home for weeks at a time. Don't expect to get home when you want to, you will get home when your company can get a load in that area. Your life becomes driving, dealing with government intrusion ie:DOT.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Cary:
"That The Pay Scale Did Not Increase Every 6 Months/Year."
Find a company that rewards you for your experience and dedication plus 3 yrs accident free, no loss or damage to equipment, with higher wages and any higher advancements within the company to excel and better serve the company and be more effective and productive in your own career, and the success of your company, that will invest in its employees to all achieve one common goal.

Key Stats for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 389 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
75%
5-9 years
16%
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▲19%

hazmat
▲11%

Driver/Core Development
▲7%

Sales
▲6%

truck driver
▲5%


▲3%


▲2%


National Average
$42,000

Driving
▼1%


forklift
▼3%

CDL
▼5%

Driver
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 389 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 29%