Truck Driver Heavy Salary

A sizeable majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.23 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.22 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.64. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Although more than half have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$25,439 - $66,835
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,948
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$12.22 - $21.64
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,439 - $66,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $6,100  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$27,138 - $54,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $21.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.56 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $6,100  
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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$27,138 - $54,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,049
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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. Heavy Truck Drivers most often move into positions as Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers. Dump Truck Drivers actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers earn $2K less per year than Heavy Truck Drivers do.

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Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver Heavy

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Heavy Truck Drivers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. Heavy Truck Drivers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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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
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National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

hazmat
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Transport
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
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CDL
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forklift
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Driver/Core Development
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Driving
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Forklift Operator
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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