Truck Driver Heavy Salary

A sizeable majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.15 per hour. Cash earnings for Heavy Truck Drivers — including $2K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $54K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$24,653 - $64,136
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $40,862
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$12.06 - $20.98
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$24,653 - $64,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $6,953  
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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$26,602 - $54,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $20.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.37  
Overtime
$17.12 - $30.52  
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 - $2,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $6,953  
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).
)
$26,602 - $54,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 937
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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' 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 go on to become Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Heavy Truck Drivers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, CDL, Driver/Core Development, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Driving, Customer Service, and forklift.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. Heavy Truck Drivers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $42K.

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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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Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries


National Average
$38,000

CDL
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forklift
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Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 185 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
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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