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.
|Salary||$28,770 - $69,088|
|Bonus||$350.00 - $6,650|
|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).)
|$27,903 - $58,925|
|Hourly Rate||$12.71 - $23.41|
|Overtime||$17.27 - $32.37|
|Bonus||$350.00 - $6,650|
|Total Pay (||$27,903 - $58,925|
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.Read More...
Truck drivers who operate 18-wheelers are required to hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) confirming they know how to operate those vehicles. This license is essential since these large trucks are very different than even small delivery trucks, from brakes to transmission to handling.
Truck drivers must know how to load the truck's trailer so that driving goes smoothly; they also must know how to effectively turn on narrow streets and maneuver in traffic, park, deal with diesel engines, load and unload, and connect and disconnect the tractor from the trailer.
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
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
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.
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