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Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Heavy Truck Drivers earn an average of $16.23 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Heavy Truck Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,759 - $64,136
(Median)
$25K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $40,563
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50%
90%

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$11.99 - $21.12
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$24,759 - $64,136  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$26,536 - $54,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 213
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $21.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.70  
Overtime
$16.86 - $30.57  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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).
)
$26,536 - $54,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 867

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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, progressing to an Operations Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, an Operations Manager can earn $59K annually. Becoming a Dump Truck Driver or a Refuse Truck Driver is often the next step for a Heavy 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, Customer Service, and Driver/Core Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $38K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Heavy Truck Drivers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $43K on average.

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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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%


Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

forklift
up arrow 2%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

CDL
up arrow 7%

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
22%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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