Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Men account for the majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.25 per hour. Cash earnings for Tractor-Trailer Drivers — including $2K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $64K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though the particular city and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Tractor-Trailer Drivers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,200 - $72,620

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$13.48 - $22.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,200 - $72,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,837  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,917  
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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$29,923 - $63,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,932
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.48 - $22.94  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.80  
Overtime
$18.52 - $34.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,063  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,917  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $4,837  
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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$29,923 - $63,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 5,757
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Tractor-Trailer Drivers move into roles as Truck Owners and Operators, where pay is an average $88K per year. Many Tractor-Trailer Drivers go on to become Heavy Truck Drivers or Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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


Ruan Transport Corporation, FedEx Freight, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Swift Transportation Corporation, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc are all popular places to work. Tractor-Trailer Drivers flock to YRC Worldwide Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $64K lead the pack in compensation; however, YRC Worldwide Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $41K at one end to $80K at the other end. Other big spenders include United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., FedEx Freight, and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), top-paying firms where Tractor-Trailer Drivers see paychecks nearing $57K, $55K, or $53K.

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. Other low-paying employers include C R England at $34K and Schneider National Company at $34K, though some Tractor-Trailer Drivers there earn up to $59K.

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, Driving, and hazmat are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift. Most people skilled in Safety Compliance are similarly competent 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.


Tractor-Trailer Drivers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $42K. Tractor-Trailer Drivers see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tractor-Trailer Drivers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Denver (+9 percent), and Indianapolis (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 4 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Columbus (4 percent lower) and Orlando (3 percent lower).

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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

Driver
up arrow 15%

tanker
up arrow 13%

Driving
up arrow 11%

up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%

Hazardous Material
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 4%

Jobsite Delivery
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Machine Operation
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Transport
up arrow 1%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

CDL
up arrow 1%

forklift
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1416 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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