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Truck drivers can be divided into two primary groups: owner-operators and company drivers.
As a result of higher expenses, the higher gross salary owner-operators earn may not actually mean higher income.
As a result, company drivers may take home more net pay, however they have less flexibility and less job security.
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.