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

791,689 salaries reported
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Average base salary
$59,126
per year
The average salary for a truck driver is $59,126 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance

Where can a Truck Driver earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Truck Drivers

Most recommended certification

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earn +10.73% more

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 16.37% since 2018. Truck Drivers with this certification earn +10.73% more than the average base salary, which is $59,126 per year.

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Top skillsOwner-Operator
+47.83%salary
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Top fields of studyPublic Health Degree
+13.87%salary
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Top licensesDoubles/Triples Endorsement
+7.59%salary

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+24.01%
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No Touch Freight
+15.15%
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Home Weekly
+13.35%
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Automatic Transmissions
+14.82%
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Most common benefits for Truck Drivers

  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Referral program
  • Disability insurance
  • Signing bonus
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Performance bonuses
  • Monthly bonus

Salary satisfaction

51%

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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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about salaries for a Truck Driver

What are the different types of truck driver?

Truck drivers can be divided into two primary groups: owner-operators and company drivers.

Owner-operators:

  • Earn a higher gross salary
  • Decide who can ride along and choose the truck to buy and drive
  • Have greater independence and schedule flexibility
  • Have to finance the vehicle themselves
  • Deal with more expenses: buying and maintaining the truck, taxes, paperwork and medical insurance

As a result of higher expenses, the higher gross salary owner-operators earn may not actually mean higher income.

Company drivers:

  • Enjoy benefits offered by employers such as medical, dental, life insurance, vision, retirement plans, paid vacation and holidays.
  • Generally avoid costs of vehicle purchase and maintenance
  • May have a more advantageous tax situation
  • May have less independence and schedule flexibility

As a result, company drivers may take home more net pay, however they have less flexibility and less job security.

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How can I earn more as a truck driver?

Truck drivers get different bonuses or benefits: referral and signing bonus, safety bonus, detention pay, layover pay, fuel-efficiency bonus, clean-DOT inspections bonus, monthly mileage bonus.

Ice road truck drivers, oversized load and hazmat truck drivers get a higher salary due to the high level of skill and specialization necessary to operate the vehicles. Over the road, or OTR, truck drivers earn a higher salary too. OTR truck drivers travel long hours all over the country and they have to respect road regulations in different states. OTR drivers can go back home anywhere from a couple of times a week to once every 4-8 weeks, depending on the job.

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