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

Average base salary
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526.7k salaries reported, updated at May 23, 2020
$61,444
per year
The average salary for a truck driver is $61,444 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Referral program
  • 401(k)
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Paid time off

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
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$0.48 - $0.75

per mile

Meter iconUp to 6,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $3,154 per week
Company Solo Driver
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$0.40 - $0.64

per mile

Meter iconUp to 3,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $1,183 per week
Owner Operator Driver
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$0.94 - $1.79

per mile

Meter iconUp to 3,000 miles per week
Estimated average of $3,163 per week

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Note pad iconGetting 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

Meter iconUp to 3,000 miles per week
Home time icon3.2% of the OTR drivers get weekly home-time.
Regional Driver
$0.37 - $0.55

per mile

Meter iconUp to 2,800 miles per week
Home time icon60.3% of the regional drivers get weekly home-time.
Local Driver
$0.42 - $0.71

per mile

Meter iconUp to 2,500 miles per week
Home time icon52.3% of the local drivers get daily home-time.

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for truck drivers

Most recommended license

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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 $61,444 per year.

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top skill
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Owner-Operator
+47.83%
20,714Company icon
OTR Driver
+24.01%
101,900Company icon
No Touch Freight
+15.15%
44,474Company icon
Home Weekly
+13.35%
65,150Company icon
Automatic Transmissions
+14.82%
2,405Company icon
Certification categories:
Top certification
Salary
Job openings
Companies
TWIC Card
+10.73%
5,870Company icon
Field of study categories:
Top field of study
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Public Health Degree
+13.87%
6 jobs
22Company icon
Medical Degree
+4.08%
130 jobs
387Company icon
License categories:
Top license
Salary
Job openings
Companies
Doubles/Triples Endorsement
+7.59%
732 jobs
3,318Company icon
Hazmat Endorsement
+6.26%
3,499 jobs
24,322Company icon
Tanker Endorsement
+4.47%
2,993 jobs
16,860Company icon
X Endorsement
+8.43%
88 jobs
340Company icon

The most common pay model for truck drivers in the United States

Pay Period
Salary
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

  • Referral program
  • 401(k)
  • Life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k) matching
  • Health insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Fuel discount
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Stock ownership plan

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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Common questions about salaries for a Truck Driver

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Tanker drivers are some of the highest paid truck drivers.

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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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