Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Men make up the majority of Heavy Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $16.23 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.22 per hour and $21.64. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Heavy Truck Drivers is high. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$25,439 - $66,835
(Median)
$25K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,948
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$12.22 - $21.64
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$25,439 - $66,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $6,100  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$27,138 - $54,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $21.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$16.56 - $30.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,995  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$110.00 - $6,100  
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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$27,138 - $54,706  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,049
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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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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. Heavy Truck Drivers most frequently advance into Dump Truck Driver and Concrete Mixing Truck Driver roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Heavy Truck Drivers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in hazmat, Transport, Safety Compliance, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Forklift Operator, Driving, and Driver/Core Development. Those with knowledge of CDL tend to be skilled in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $38K. Heavy Truck Drivers see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $43K.

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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 10%


National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

hazmat
up arrow 19%

Transport
up arrow 16%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

CDL
up arrow 3%

forklift
up arrow 4%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 7%

Driving
up arrow 8%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 40%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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