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Truck Driver Heavy Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $16.10 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Truck Driver Heavy Salary (?
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$24,527 - $67,550
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MEDIAN: $40,049
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Truck Driver Heavy Salary (?
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$11.97 - $21.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,527 - $67,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
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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$25,883 - $55,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $21.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$16.95 - $30.64  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
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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$25,883 - $55,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 784
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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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For Heavy Truck Drivers, career progression to an Operations Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, an Operations Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $58K annually. Becoming a Dump Truck Driver or a Refuse Truck Driver is often the next step for a Heavy Truck Driver.

Truck Driver Heavy Job Listings

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Professional skills reported by Heavy Truck Drivers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, Customer Service, forklift, and CDL are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like CDL. It is not unusual for someone who knows forklift to be familiar with Safety Compliance as well.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. On average, Heavy Truck Drivers make $41K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Kansas City
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Boston
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National Average
$38,000
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Denver
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With a pay rate for Heavy Truck Drivers that is 14 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Heavy Truck Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+14 percent), Kansas City (+13 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (5 percent lower) and Denver (4 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
up arrow 12%
Experienced
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National Average
$38,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Safety Compliance
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National Average
$38,000
Customer Service
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forklift
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CDL
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 28%