Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salary

Male Tractor-Trailer Drivers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.76 per hour in the United States. In the world of Tractor-Trailer Drivers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $9K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $69K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. While some workers in this profession — approximately one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of Tractor-Trailer Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,992 - $75,273
$32K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $50,065
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$14.28 - $24.48
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$0$75K
Salary $31,992 - $75,273
Bonus $202 - $4,898
Profit Sharing $50.51 - $7,096
Commission $0.00 - $30,492
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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$31,193 - $67,388
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,987
Hourly Data $0$35
Hourly Rate $14.28 - $24.48
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $4.17
Overtime $20.16 - $35.94
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $202 - $4,898
Commission $0.00 - $30,492
Profit Sharing $50.51 - $7,096
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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$31,193 - $67,388
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Jan 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8,799

Job Description for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Truck driver/tractor-trailer drivers must have knowledge of commercial driving regulations in order to transport all types of goods from livestock to materials over long-distance hauls. They must know how to maneuver the truck into the unloading and loading positions. Truck drivers must know how to go through a weigh station before and after loading. They also have to go through weigh stations while on the road. Truck drivers must maintain a log according to I.C.C. regulations. The log is presented to any law enforcement that requests it or to an employer. Some only drive during the day on short haul trips. Others may drive cross-country and take many days to get there. They are only allowed to drive 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Truck drivers must navigate through big cities, small towns, rain and snow. Knowledge of how to drive in any weather condition is a must. Truck drivers have to go to school to get the special license. They must complete a CDL (Commercial Driver License) class. They must have a CDL-A in order to drive a heavy truck. Tests and classes are given at a truck driving school. Truck driving must be taken very seriously. Truck drivers put their own lives and other people's lives in the line of fire by being careless. Safety is essential for this job. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)


Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer 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 / Tractor-Trailer


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There are some Tractor-Trailer Drivers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Truck Owners and Operators, where earnings are an average $93K annually. Many Tractor-Trailer Drivers go on to become Heavy Truck Drivers or Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $9K lower and $14K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in hazmat, Sales, tanker, and Safety Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Driving, forklift, and CDL. Those educated in Commercial tend to be well versed in Safety Compliance and Jobsite Delivery.

Pay by Experience Level for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Pay by Experience for a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer has a positive trend. An entry-level Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 3,685 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 2,329 salaries. An experienced Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 3,233 salaries. A Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 2,324 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,032

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Tractor-Trailer Drivers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+10 percent), Portland (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Orlando and Jacksonville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer?

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Portland:
"Slave labor industry."
Pros: When you're rolling at 60 mph down the road and getting paid its a great job. Not a highly physical labor job. Relaxing job for the most part.
Cons: Long hours for menial pay. Best to have no attachments luring you away from the job and back to home.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Troy:
"Ridiculous."
Pros: Driving and making my own schedule.
Cons: Other drivers and people not drivers trying to oversee you when they have no clue.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Omaha:
"Awesome."
Pros: I enjoy being out and about. Variety.
Cons: I think the pay should be better.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Clearfield:
"It's very enjoyable albeit having to deal with other drivers."
Pros: Freedom from someone breathing down my neck 24/7 and trusting me to get my job done no matter what. Flexible schedule. Great people to work with, very cheery place to work. Mostly always have something to do. Good start time and end time.
Cons: Promised 80 hrs. Per pay period, but frankly now hardly meet those numbers, barely make 70 on a good period. Sometimes come back to warehouse with more work to do and hours to make, sometimes not. Would prefer a more solid schedule or salary pay. I know it's not my employers fault that customers dwindle down but I need hours.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Tracy:
"Love it."
Pros: Driving trucks meet new people.
Cons: Far from home.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Grimes:
"Boring."
Pros: The job allows you to be in more than one place, your not stuck.
Cons: Is boring and you can get held up and lose money.

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer in Dallas:
"Stressful."
Pros: Get to be in truck when hot outside.
Cons: Too many hours.

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Key Stats for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2056 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Experience Affects Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

▲11%

▲6%

▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Salaries

▲9%

▲7%

▲6%



▲2%


Commercial
▲1%


Machine Operation
▲1%

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▲1%

National Average
$46,000

CDL
▼7%

▼7%

▼9%

▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2056 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%