Truck Driver Heavy Salary
Men account for the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.97 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Truck Driver Heavy
Truck drivers operate trucks (many times, 18-wheelers) to deliver goods. They may own their trucks or work for a trucking company. In addition to driving, a truck driver is expected to have some working knowledge of basic mechanical skills in case the truck breaks down on the road. Truck drivers often work long hours, logging their hours in a logbook. They are required to maintain documents indicating pickup and drop-off times, as well as stops made, gas purchases, and any other important details about the trip.Read More...
Truck drivers who operate 18-wheelers are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) confirming they know how to operate those vehicles. This license is essential since these large trucks are very different than even small delivery trucks, from brakes to transmission to handling.
Truck drivers must know how to load the truck's trailer so that driving goes smoothly; they also must know how to effectively turn on narrow streets and maneuver in traffic, park, deal with diesel engines, load and unload, and connect and disconnect the tractor from the trailer.
Truck Driver Heavy 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
Heavy Truck Drivers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Operations Manager. The average Operations Manager brings home $59K per year. Many Heavy Truck Drivers advance into roles as Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $3K lower, respectively.
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Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $41K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $54K.
Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver Heavy
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Heavy Truck Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Heavy Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $44K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Heavy Truck Drivers in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Heavy Truck Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Oklahoma City (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (8 percent lower) and Columbus (6 percent lower).
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