Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.08 per hour nationwide. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Although more than half have medical coverage and close to one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Heavy Truck Drivers is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,770 - $69,088
$29K
$46K
$69K
MEDIAN: $46,464
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50%
90%

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$12.71 - $23.41
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.08
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,770 - $69,088  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $6,650  
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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$27,903 - $58,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 237
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.71 - $23.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.33  
Overtime
$17.27 - $32.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$350.00 - $6,650  
   
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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$27,903 - $58,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 670

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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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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. 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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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Heavy Truck Drivers bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,890

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

Home to some of the best pay for Heavy Truck Drivers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Heavy Truck Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+13 percent), Oklahoma City (+8 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Detroit (+6 percent). In Tampa, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Birmingham and Columbus are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.

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 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

▲7%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

hazmat
▲15%

Logistics
▲15%

▲14%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▲13%

Machine Operation
▲10%


Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$41,000

CDL
▼2%

heavy lifting
▼5%

Cdl class B
▼10%

Driver/Core Development
▼13%

Driving
▼15%

Driver
▼19%

Forklift Operator
▼21%

forklift
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 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
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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