$53,509
Avg. Salary
$19.23
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,143

Bonus

$1,468

Profit Sharing

$1,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer is $19.23 per hour.

The average pay for a Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer is $53,509 per year.

10%
$14.87
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$19.23
50%
$24.97
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MEDIAN $19.23
10%
$36k
10%
$54k
50%
$77k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $53,509
$36,000 - $77,423
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MEDIAN: $53,509
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$0$77K
Salary $36,000 - $77,423
Bonus $193 - $4,884
Profit Sharing $99.78 - $8,054
Commission $1,500
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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$33,009 - $69,051
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,217
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.87 - $24.97
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $1.83
Overtime $21.17 - $36.02
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $193 - $4,884
Commission $1,500
Profit Sharing $99.78 - $8,054
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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$33,009 - $69,051
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,208

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 2019 PayScale.com)

Popular Employer Salaries for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer


Dominating the field, FedEx Freight, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., YRC Worldwide Inc., Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., and United Rentals Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers. Those at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers will also find cushy salaries at Saia Motor Freight Incorporated (+$64K), YRC Worldwide Inc. (+$61K), and FedEx Freight (+$57K).

Less than half of the top paying company's rate, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers a median salary of just $30K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Werner Enterprises, Inc., Schneider National Company, and Ryder Integrated Logistics Inc are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($38K, $46K, and $46K respectively).

Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,804

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

Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers, 11 percent above the national average. Experienced Tractor-Trailer Drivers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), Portland (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Phoenix and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 9 percent less than the median.

Key Stats for Truck Driver, Heavy / Tractor-Trailer

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 805 votes.
10-19 years
79%
20 years or more
21%

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

hazmat
▲7%

CDL
▲6%

▲3%



tanker
▲2%



Commercial
▼0%

National Average
$49,000

Less than Truckload (LTL) Freight
▼1%

Driver/Core Development
▼2%

Sales
▼3%

Driver
▼3%

forklift
▼13%

Driving
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 805 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%