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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 $16.18 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. Most Heavy Truck Drivers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$24,851 - $64,591
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,670
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90%

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$12.01 - $21.08
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,851 - $64,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $2,000  
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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$26,586 - $54,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $21.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.70  
Overtime
$16.86 - $30.57  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
   
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $2,000  
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).
)
$26,586 - $54,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 891

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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.

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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


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Heavy Truck Drivers may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. A Heavy Truck Driver often moves on to become a Dump Truck Driver or a Refuse Truck Driver.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, Driver/Core Development, forklift, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Driving, CDL, and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver Heavy

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


For Heavy Truck Drivers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $34K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Heavy Truck Drivers make a median salary of $41K. Heavy Truck Drivers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $42K on average.

Truck Driver Heavy Reviews

What is it like working as a Truck Driver Heavy?

Truck Driver Heavy in El Cajon:
"An Overall Stepping Stone Type Of Company."
Pros: This employer is very lenient to let you take days that you need off. On delivery, you definitely have more freedom than any other department. You are asked to do your job properly, if you do, there should be no grave problems.
Cons: This is a very low wage employer. In the shop, employees make minimum wage or very damn close to it. After two or three years, you can expect to make a maximum of $10 per hour, unless you've managed to become a supervisor. Not only does this company offer a very low wage, but there are basically NO benefits at all! No Medical, Dental, Vision or anything. No sick days or vacation days either!

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Experience Affects Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

forklift
up arrow 3%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

CDL
up arrow 7%

Driving
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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