Truck Driver Heavy Salary

Male Heavy Truck Drivers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $16.09 per hour in the United States. Pay ranges from $12.05 per hour on the low end to $20.82 on the high end. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Heavy Truck Drivers report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,797 - $65,089

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$12.05 - $20.82

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$24,797 - $65,089  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $3,500  
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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$26,688 - $53,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $20.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.37  
Overtime
$16.67 - $30.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,993  
   
Profit Sharing
$221.00 - $3,500  
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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$26,688 - $53,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 935
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Operations Manager, where median compensation is $59K annually. Many Heavy Truck Drivers advance into roles as Dump Truck Drivers or Concrete Mixing Truck Drivers, but the median salaries are $3K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Heavy Truck Drivers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Safety Compliance, CDL, Driver/Core Development, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Driving, Customer Service, and forklift.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver Heavy

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $38K. Heavy Truck Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $41K. 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 $42K.

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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
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Truck Driver Heavy Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

National Average
$38,000

CDL
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forklift
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Driver/Core Development
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Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Driving
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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
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%
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