Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $16.19 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, the larger part do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,704 - $66,297
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$66K
MEDIAN: $40,613
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$11.99 - $21.10
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,704 - $66,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$26,607 - $54,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $21.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.70  
Overtime
$16.71 - $30.56  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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).
)
$26,607 - $54,668  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 837

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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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As Heavy Truck Drivers transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. A Heavy Truck Driver often moves on to become a Dump Truck Driver or a Refuse Truck Driver.

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Survey results show that Heavy Truck Drivers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, forklift, Driver/Core Development, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Driving and CDL.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $38K. On average, Heavy Truck Drivers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $43K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 12%

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 1%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

CDL
up arrow 7%

Driving
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 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
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%