Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Men account for the majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.23 per hour. Total cash compensation for Tractor-Trailer Drivers runs from $30K to $64K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,150 - $72,615
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,163
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$13.44 - $22.89
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,150 - $72,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,059  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,909  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,917  
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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$29,867 - $63,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,825
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.44 - $22.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$18.61 - $34.13  
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 - $2,059  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,917  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $4,909  
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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$29,867 - $63,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,688
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Job Description for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Truck driver/tractor-trailer drivers must have knowledge of commercial driving regulations in order to transport all types of goods from livestock to materials over long-distance hauls. They must know how to maneuver the truck into the unloading and loading positions. Truck drivers must know how to go through a weigh station before and after loading. They also have to go through weigh stations while on the road. Truck drivers must maintain a log according to I.C.C. regulations. The log is presented to any law enforcement that requests it or to an employer. Some only drive during the day on short haul trips. Others may drive cross-country and take many days to get there. They are only allowed to drive 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Truck drivers must navigate through big cities, small towns, rain and snow. Knowledge of how to drive in any weather condition is a must. Truck drivers have to go to school to get the special license. They must complete a CDL (Commercial Driver License) class. They must have a CDL-A in order to drive a heavy truck. Tests and classes are given at a truck driving school. Truck driving must be taken very seriously. Truck drivers put their own lives and other people's lives in the line of fire by being careless. Safety is essential for this job.


Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Tasks

  • Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.
  • Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.

Common Career Paths for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


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Though it's uncommon, some Tractor-Trailer Drivers move into roles as Truck Owners and Operators, where pay is an average $89K per year. Tractor-Trailer Drivers most often advance into Heavy Truck Driver and Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatcher positions even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Tractor-Trailer Drivers include Ruan Transport Corporation, FedEx Freight, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Swift Transportation Corporation, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc. YRC Worldwide Inc. does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $63K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $41K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $80K. Other leaders in compensation levels are United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. at $58K, FedEx Freight at $55K, and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), where Tractor-Trailer Drivers annually earn $52K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. — median pay is $32K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $26K and only reaching $41K. Other low-paying employers include C R England at $34K and Schneider National Company at $34K, though some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $59K.

Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Survey results imply that Tractor-Trailer Drivers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Driver, tanker, Driving, and hazmat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include forklift and CDL. It is often found that people who know Safety Compliance are also skilled in Commercial and Jobsite Delivery.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. On average, Tractor-Trailer Drivers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $49K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Tractor-Trailer Drivers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Indianapolis (+10 percent), and San Antonio (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Phoenix. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Detroit (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Reviews

What is it like working as a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer?

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Kirkwood:
"Fun Career enjoy the stores I deliver to."
Pros: I love driving truck and working with the customers we deliver to.
Cons: Under paid and not appreciated by the company I work for.

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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries



National Average
$43,000



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

tanker
up arrow 16%

Driver
up arrow 16%

up arrow 9%

Driving
up arrow 9%

Hazardous Material
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 4%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 4%

Jobsite Delivery
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Transport
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

CDL
up arrow 5%

forklift
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1417 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 24%
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