The average Experienced Tractor-Trailer Driver earns approximately $19.09 per hour. In the world of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $69K. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,138 - $76,602
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$35K
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$77K
MEDIAN: $52,681
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$14.73 - $24.81
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$35,138 - $76,602  
   
Bonus
$347.65 - $4,911  
Profit Sharing
$0.29 - $20,000  
Commission
$3,400  
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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$32,419 - $68,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,391
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.73 - $24.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15  
Overtime
$21.28 - $36.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$347.65 - $4,911  
   
Commission
$3,400  
Profit Sharing
$0.29 - $20,000  
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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$32,419 - $68,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,934
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Many Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can be found at FedEx Freight, YRC Worldwide Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., United Rentals Inc., and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), firms that are at the top of the field. Those at Saia Motor Freight Incorporated can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $64K. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., and FedEx Freight are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers earning around $62K, $59K, or $57K at each firm, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., where median pay comes to just $30K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $26K and ending at $34K, range in salary is rather small. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Werner Enterprises, Inc. ($38K), Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc ($43K), and Crop Production Services ($43K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,324

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With a pay rate for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Denver offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+13 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Portland (+5 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Detroit (11 percent less) and Phoenix (10 percent less).

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

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
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hazmat
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CDL
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tanker
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Transport
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Safety Compliance
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Customer Service
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Machine Operation
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Commercial
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Jobsite Delivery
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National Average
$48,000

Sales
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Driver
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forklift
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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