Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary (United States)

A Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer earns an average wage of $17.02 per hour. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Customer Relations and CDL. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary (?
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$29,611 - $72,185
(Median)
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57K
72K
MEDIAN: $46,676
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Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary (?
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$12.74 - $22.57
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,611 - $72,185  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,084  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $3,991  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,760  
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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$28,931 - $62,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,093
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $22.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.47  
Overtime
$17.55 - $33.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,084  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$202.03 - $3,991  
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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$28,931 - $62,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,501
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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.

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Experience Affects Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

National Average
$42,000

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

Customer Relations
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CDL
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hazmat
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Hazardous Material
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Commercial
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Safety Compliance
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Customer Service
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Transport
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Machine Operation
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Jobsite Delivery
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$42,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 1213 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%