Truck Driver Heavy Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States. People in this role can an average of earn $16.06 per hour nationwide. Pay generally spreads from $11.88 per hour to $20.88. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction for Heavy Truck Drivers is high. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Truck Driver Heavy Salary (?
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$24,736 - $67,522
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MEDIAN: $40,508
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Truck Driver Heavy Salary (?
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$11.88 - $20.88
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,736 - $67,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,170  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $712  
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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$25,720 - $55,317  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 199
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $20.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$16.39 - $30.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $712  
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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$25,720 - $55,317  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 758
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Heavy Truck Drivers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Operations Manager may make an additional $21K per year than lower-end positions. It is not unusual for a Heavy Truck Driver to become a Dump Truck Driver or a Truck Driver Refuse.

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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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Beginning workers can expect to earn $33K starting out, which grows to $37K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $41K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Heavy Truck Drivers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $42K. The majority of Heavy Truck Drivers have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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National Average
$38,000
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Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Heavy Truck Drivers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Jose, Kansas City, Chicago, and Dallas, top-paying markets where Heavy Truck Drivers rake in more than the national norm (+14 percent, +14 percent, +10 percent, and +7 percent). In Houston, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
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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

forklift
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National Average
$38,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 159 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 28%
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