These Are The 10 Highest Truck Driver Salaries By State

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay truck drivers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do truck drivers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for truck drivers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for truck drivers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for truck drivers after this adjustment? That would be Heavy And Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. Indiana
  4. Illinois
  5. Michigan
  6. Nevada
  7. Kansas
  8. Utah
  9. Texas
  10. Oklahoma

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for truck drivers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $44900, so our index value would be:

$44,900 * (100 / 135.9) = $33,038

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for truck drivers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Truck Driver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $54,044 $53,720 99.4
2 Wyoming $53,605 $49,210 91.8
3 Indiana $51,251 $45,870 89.5
4 Illinois $49,651 $46,970 94.6
5 Michigan $48,325 $43,010 89.0
6 Nevada $48,005 $49,590 103.3
7 Kansas $47,953 $43,110 89.9
8 Utah $47,258 $43,950 93.0
9 Texas $47,221 $42,830 90.7
10 Oklahoma $47,130 $42,040 89.2
11 Mississippi $47,077 $40,440 85.9
12 Ohio $47,025 $44,110 93.8
13 Missouri $46,969 $42,460 90.4
14 Tennessee $46,621 $41,680 89.4
15 Kentucky $46,519 $42,100 90.5
16 Nebraska $46,495 $42,590 91.6
17 Idaho $45,884 $42,260 92.1
18 Iowa $45,736 $41,620 91.0
19 Colorado $45,606 $47,340 103.8
20 Arkansas $45,269 $39,430 87.1
21 Georgia $44,715 $40,870 91.4
22 Pennsylvania $44,644 $45,270 101.4
23 Wisconsin $44,452 $43,030 96.8
24 Montana $44,345 $44,700 100.8
25 New Mexico $44,155 $42,610 96.5
26 Minnesota $44,146 $44,500 100.8
27 North Carolina $43,982 $41,300 93.9
28 Washington $43,916 $46,200 105.2
29 Arizona $43,173 $42,310 98.0
30 Louisiana $43,143 $40,900 94.8
31 Alabama $42,817 $39,050 91.2
32 South Carolina $41,441 $41,110 99.2
33 Virginia $41,001 $41,330 100.8
34 Delaware $40,887 $41,460 101.4
35 Alaska $40,793 $53,480 131.1
36 West Virginia $40,396 $37,730 93.4
37 Florida $40,010 $39,330 98.3
38 New Jersey $39,368 $47,990 121.9
39 South Dakota $38,659 $40,090 103.7
40 Oregon $37,993 $43,920 115.6
41 Rhode Island $37,522 $45,290 120.7
42 Massachusetts $37,421 $49,920 133.4
43 Connecticut $37,133 $47,420 127.7
44 New York $36,938 $48,390 131.0
45 New Hampshire $36,777 $43,030 117.0
46 Maryland $36,661 $46,010 125.5
47 Maine $36,218 $40,130 110.8
48 Vermont $35,499 $42,990 121.1
49 California $33,038 $44,900 135.9
50 Hawaii $26,861 $45,100 167.9

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