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Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

A sizeable majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.16 per hour. In the world of Tractor-Trailer Drivers, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $63K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $4K, respectively. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Tractor-Trailer Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,108 - $72,378
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,984
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90%

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$13.33 - $22.83
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,108 - $72,378  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,494  
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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$29,718 - $63,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,605
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.33 - $22.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$18.44 - $33.88  
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 - $2,037  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,760  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,494  
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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$29,718 - $63,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,391

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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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Tractor-Trailer Drivers sometimes assume positions such as Truck Owners and Operators. That role pays $89K per year on average. Tractor-Trailer Drivers most frequently advance into Heavy Truck Driver and Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatcher roles 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Tractor-Trailer Drivers, Ruan Transport Corporation, FedEx Freight, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, and Swift Transportation Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Although YRC Worldwide Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $63K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $41K to $79K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., FedEx Freight, and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), where Tractor-Trailer Drivers typically earn around $59K, $56K, or $53K, respectively.

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. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include C R England at $34K, and Schneider National Company where $34K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $59K.

Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Tractor-Trailer Drivers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in tanker, Driver, hazmat, and Hazardous Material are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include forklift and CDL. Those proficient in Safety Compliance are, more often than not, 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.


For Tractor-Trailer Drivers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $42K. On average, Tractor-Trailer Drivers make $46K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tractor-Trailer Drivers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Indianapolis (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Phoenix. Below-median salaries also turn up 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 17%

Driver
up arrow 16%

up arrow 12%

Hazardous Material
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 4%

Driving
up arrow 4%

Jobsite Delivery
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Transport
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 2%

CDL
up arrow 6%

forklift
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1401 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 25%
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