Truck Driver Heavy Salary
Men make up the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $16.95 per hour. Total incomes of Heavy Truck Drivers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $4K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $28K and $58K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the greater part report medical coverage and nearly one-half claim dental coverage as well. For the most part, Heavy Truck Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to 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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. Heavy Truck Drivers most often move into positions as Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers. Dump Truck Drivers actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers earn $3K less per year than Heavy Truck Drivers do.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Truck Driver Heavy
Waste Management, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $42K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $27K and $54K.
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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. On average, Heavy Truck Drivers make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $43K.
Pay Difference by Location
Philadelphia is home to an above-average pay rate for Heavy Truck Drivers, 16 percent higher than the national average. Heavy Truck Drivers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), Detroit (+13 percent), Oklahoma City (+9 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Columbus and Birmingham (10 percent lower).