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Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.19 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Tractor-Trailer Drivers can bottom out near $29K or peak near $63K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. While some workers in this profession — about a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$29,724 - $72,035
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72K
MEDIAN: $47,422
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$12.86 - $22.80
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,724 - $72,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,170  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,848  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,639  
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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$29,139 - $62,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,164
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.86 - $22.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.53  
Overtime
$17.68 - $34.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,170  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,639  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,848  
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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$29,139 - $62,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,489
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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 Operations Manager roles. The role averages $60K per year. Tractor-Trailer Drivers most often advance into Heavy Truck Driver and Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatcher positions 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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Tractor-Trailer Drivers include FedEx Freight, Ruan Transport Corporation, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc, and Swift Transportation Corporation. Employees of YRC Worldwide Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $63K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $41K to $80K. United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., FedEx Freight, and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Tractor-Trailer Drivers earning around $55K, $54K, or $53K at each firm, respectively.

Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $31K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $26K to $41K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include C R England at $35K, and Schneider National Company where $36K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $67K.

Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Survey takers working as Tractor-Trailer Drivers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relations, tanker, Driver, and hazmat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales, Driving, and CDL. Those educated in Commercial tend to be well versed in Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Tractor-Trailer Drivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tractor-Trailer Drivers make a median salary of $45K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Tractor-Trailer Drivers in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Indianapolis (+9 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). San Antonio is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (4 percent less) and Dallas (3 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

Customer Relations
up arrow 17%

tanker
up arrow 15%

Driver
up arrow 10%

hazmat
up arrow 6%


Hazardous Material
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Transport
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
up arrow 1%

Jobsite Delivery
0%

National Average
$43,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

CDL
up arrow 4%

Driving
up arrow 4%

up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1269 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 27%