Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.36 per hour. In the world of Tractor-Trailer Drivers, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $64K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the particular city and years of experience impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,262 - $72,986
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$30K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,793
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$13.80 - $23.29
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$14
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,262 - $72,986  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,055  
Profit Sharing
$130.89 - $5,027  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,434  
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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$30,313 - $64,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 4,691
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.80 - $23.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.23  
Overtime
$19.65 - $34.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,055  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,434  
Profit Sharing
$130.89 - $5,027  
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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$30,313 - $64,356  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,933
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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 do not often transition into Truck Owner and Operator roles. The role averages $89K per year. Tractor-Trailer Drivers most frequently become Heavy Truck Drivers and Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers even though median compensation is $6K lower and $11K lower, respectively.

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


Ruan Transport Corporation, FedEx Freight, YRC Worldwide Inc., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Tractor-Trailer Drivers. Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. boasts the highest average salary in town at $59K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $37K or as much as $86K. Other big spenders include FedEx Freight, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), and Con-Way, Inc., top-paying firms where Tractor-Trailer Drivers see paychecks nearing $56K, $53K, or $53K.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary just about half of the top paying company's median ($32K). Other low-paying employers include Schneider National Company at $33K and C R England at $35K, though some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $52K.

Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Driver, tanker, Driver/Core Development, and Driving are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include forklift. Most people familiar with Safety Compliance also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tractor-Trailer Drivers make a median salary of $47K. As Tractor-Trailer Drivers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,998

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+14 percent), New York (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (5 percent less) and Orlando (2 percent less).

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

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National Average
$43,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1543 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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