Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Median pay for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers lies in the neighborhood of $18.00 per hour. Cash earnings for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers — including $2K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $31K to $65K depending on individual performance. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,314 - $73,587
(Median)
$33K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,276
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$14.01 - $23.90
(Median)
$14
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$33,314 - $73,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,466  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,171  
Commission
$0.00 - $18,313  
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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$31,003 - $65,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,264
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
$14.01 - $23.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.40  
Overtime
$19.49 - $35.09  
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 - $2,466  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $18,313  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $5,171  
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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$31,003 - $65,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,932
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Popular Employer Salaries for Experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Dominating the field, FedEx Freight, United Rentals Inc., Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., where the median salary comes to $61K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($36K) and those starting out ($81K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. FedEx Freight, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), and United Rentals Inc. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers earning around $56K, $53K, or $47K at each firm, respectively.

Earnings fall especially short at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where the median salary of $30K is the lowest in the field, less than half of the top paying company's rate. Employees at Werner Enterprises, Inc., Schneider National Company, and Con-Way, Inc. can also expect below-average earnings of $38K, $44K, and $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 18 percent higher than the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+10 percent) and Phoenix (+4 percent). Las Vegas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (9 percent lower) and Dallas (8 percent lower).

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

CDL
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Safety Compliance
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Transport
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Customer Service
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National Average
$46,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 558 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 26%
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