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.

$29,409 - $65,759
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,413
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$12.50 - $23.10
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,409 - $65,759  
   
Bonus
$405.47 - $3,551  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,160  
Commission
$4,700  
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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$28,032 - $57,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $23.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.45  
Overtime
$16.29 - $31.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$405.47 - $3,551  
   
Commission
$4,700  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,160  
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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$28,032 - $57,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 761
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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 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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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

National Average: $40,442

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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).

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
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Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Transport
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hazmat
up arrow 20%

Logistics
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Machine Operation
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Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$40,000

CDL
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Driver/Core Development
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heavy lifting
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Driving
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forklift
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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