Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Men account for the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.97 per hour. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and approximately half receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,220 - $67,025
$29K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,985
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$12.60 - $23.01
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,220 - $67,025  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $4,200  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$65.00  
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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$27,953 - $58,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $23.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.11 - $4.82  
Overtime
$17.03 - $31.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$350.00 - $4,200  
   
Commission
$65.00  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$27,953 - $58,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 731

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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

  • Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.
  • Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.

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 advance into roles as Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Truck Driver Heavy


Waste Management, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $41K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $54K.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver Heavy

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Heavy Truck Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Heavy Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. 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 $44K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,670

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Heavy Truck Drivers in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Heavy Truck Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Detroit (+9 percent), Oklahoma City (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tampa, 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Orlando (8 percent lower) and Columbus (6 percent lower).

Truck Driver Heavy Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Truck Driver Heavy

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Late-Career
▲8%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

▲17%

hazmat
▲16%

Logistics
▲15%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▲14%

Machine Operation
▲10%


Customer Service
▲1%

National Average
$41,000

CDL
▼2%

Driver/Core Development
▼12%

heavy lifting
▼12%

Driving
▼14%

Driver
▼18%

Forklift Operator
▼21%

forklift
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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