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Truck driver salary in United States

How much does a Truck Driver make in the United States?

Average base salary

$77,332
Average $77,332
Low $50,757
High $117,822
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a truck driver is $77,332 per year in the United States. 571.9k salaries reported, updated at December 1, 2022

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Getting paid as a Truck Driver by operating mode

Solo drivers must take time to stop and sleep between shifts. In a team driving situation, two truck drivers make runs together. Owner operators generally earn a higher gross salary but take home pay is reduced by expenses.

Company Team Driver

$0.48 - $0.75
per mile
Up to 6,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $3,154 per week

Company Solo Driver

$0.40 - $0.64
per mile
Up to 3,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $1,183 per week

Owner Operator Driver

$0.94 - $1.79
per mile
Up to 3,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $3,163 per week

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Getting paid as a Truck Driver by route type

OTR drivers spend weeks on the road but will command the highest salary. Regional drivers will stay within one area, which will generally mean they can come home on the weekends. Local drivers stay in-state and can generally come home each night, but are paid the least.

OTR Driver

$0.44 - $0.58
per mile
Up to 3,000 miles per week
3.2% of the OTR drivers get weekly home-time.

Regional Driver

$0.37 - $0.55
per mile
Up to 2,800 miles per week
60.3% of the regional drivers get weekly home-time.

Local Driver

$0.42 - $0.71
per mile
Up to 2,500 miles per week
52.3% of the local drivers get daily home-time.

Top companies for Truck Drivers in United States

  1. J&R Schugel
    3.5
    150 reviews1.2k salaries reported
    $164,841per year
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Highest paying cities for Truck Drivers near United States

  1. Houston, TX
    $90,940 per year
    2.5k salaries reported
  2. Chicago, IL
    $88,920 per year
    2.5k salaries reported
  3. Dallas, TX
    $88,256 per year
    2.6k salaries reported
  1. Salt Lake City, UT
    $87,401 per year
    625 salaries reported
  2. Atlanta, GA
    $87,337 per year
    3.4k salaries reported
  3. Charlotte, NC
    $84,018 per year
    1.8k salaries reported
  1. Nashville, TN
    $78,324 per year
    2.4k salaries reported
  2. Indianapolis, IN
    $75,722 per year
    2.4k salaries reported
  3. Omaha, NE
    $70,297 per year
    540 salaries reported
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Where can a Truck Driver earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Truck Drivers

Most recommended license

Doubles/Triples Endorsement(earn +7.59% more)

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 38.50% since 2018. Truck Drivers with this license earn +7.59% more than the average base salary, which is $77,332 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
201113increase by 13
20127516increase by 57715.38%
201336898increase by 390.93%
201484918increase by 130.14%
2015153542increase by 80.81%
201654705decrease by 64.37%
201752949decrease by 3.21%
201852270decrease by 1.28%
201972394increase by 38.50%

Top companies hiring Truck Drivers on Indeed

Quikrete
10 Roads Express
Pilot Flying J
AdventHealth Corporate
Penske Truck Leasing
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Top skills
Owner-Operator
+47.83%salary
Top certifications
TWIC Card
+10.73%salary
Top fields of study
Public Health Degree
+13.87%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SkillsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
981 jobs20,714
5,883 jobs101,900
2,861 jobs44,474
2,083 jobs65,150
235 jobs2,405
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The most common pay model for truck drivers in the United States

Pay PeriodSalary
Per mile$0.49
Per week$1,183
Per month$4,731
Per year$47,306

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Most common benefits for Truck Drivers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Fuel card
  • Fuel discount
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid orientation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Paid toll fees
  • Paid training
  • Parental leave
  • Passenger ride along program
  • Pet rider program
  • Prescription drug insurance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Safety equipment provided
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 44,325 ratings

51% of Truck Drivers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Driver

417,494 job openings

Average $17.03 per hour

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Common questions about salaries for a Truck Driver

What is the highest paying truck driving job?

Tanker drivers are some of the highest paid truck drivers.

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Do you make good money as a truck driver?

According to Indeed user ratings, 51% of truck drivers believe their salary is enough for cost of living in their area.

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Is pay based on a per-mile rate or an hourly rate?

Every company has a different compensation plan. There are benefits to both pay models, and you need to be fully informed either way.

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