Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.09 per hour. Pay ranges from $12.06 per hour on the low end to $20.79 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Heavy Truck Drivers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,717 - $63,464
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$63K
MEDIAN: $40,981
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$12.06 - $20.79
(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
$24,717 - $63,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $3,500  
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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$26,667 - $53,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $20.79  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.37  
Overtime
$16.70 - $30.10  
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 - $2,002  
   
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $3,500  
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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$26,667 - $53,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 923
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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. 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 $1K less per year than Heavy Truck Drivers do.

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Survey results show that Heavy Truck Drivers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, CDL, Driver/Core Development, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


Heavy Truck Drivers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. For Heavy Truck Drivers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Heavy Truck Drivers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

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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Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

CDL
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forklift
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Driver/Core Development
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Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Driving
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 184 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
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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