Updated February 9, 2022
Average CDL Class A Driver Salary
$57,000 yearly
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$27.84 hourly

Entry level Salary
$38,000 yearly
$38,000
10 %
$57,000
Median
$86,000
90 %
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What is a CDL Class A Driver's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$86,000$7,167$41
75th Percentile$71,000$5,917$34
Average$57,901$4,825$28
25th Percentile$47,000$3,917$23
10th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18

Average CDL Class A Driver Salary By State

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CDL Class A Driver average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$52,388$25.1914,840
Alaska$45,473$21.86148
Arizona$59,763$28.735,424
Arkansas$56,991$27.4011,526
California$56,034$26.9433,501
Colorado$58,170$27.977,012
Connecticut$69,277$33.311,928
Delaware$64,451$30.991,799
District of Columbia$64,259$30.89281
Florida$60,567$29.127,132
Georgia$60,449$29.0625,696
Hawaii$49,884$23.98167
Idaho$53,995$25.964,172
Illinois$63,625$30.5924,316
Indiana$58,992$28.3615,045
Iowa$59,379$28.5511,326
Kansas$65,263$31.3813,188
Kentucky$59,080$28.4012,444
Louisiana$59,693$28.7010,310
Maine$63,803$30.67777
Maryland$66,218$31.846,482
Massachusetts$63,717$30.632,752
Michigan$59,757$28.7314,136
Minnesota$60,368$29.0214,165
Mississippi$62,487$30.045,200
Missouri$56,324$27.0819,174
Montana$53,592$25.77858
Nebraska$57,187$27.497,956
Nevada$64,761$31.141,651
New Hampshire$58,571$28.16819
New Jersey$72,543$34.883,919
New Mexico$54,951$26.424,884
New York$67,253$32.3313,311
North Carolina$62,811$30.2017,810
North Dakota$66,459$31.955,609
Ohio$59,388$28.5522,194
Oklahoma$62,001$29.8112,048
Oregon$59,909$28.806,716
Pennsylvania$64,260$30.8919,713
Rhode Island$62,153$29.88693
South Carolina$57,526$27.6612,892
South Dakota$52,644$25.315,411
Tennessee$60,382$29.0314,978
Texas$58,337$28.0542,262
Utah$60,384$29.034,135
Vermont$62,878$30.23601
Virginia$54,113$26.0214,813
Washington$60,988$29.328,108
West Virginia$54,472$26.194,701
Wisconsin$56,681$27.2512,231
Wyoming$66,886$32.161,155

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Newark, NJ$72,869$35.03
New York, NY$67,131$32.27
Columbia, MD$66,221$31.84
Wichita, KS$65,459$31.47
Allentown, PA$64,853$31.18
Chicago, IL$63,740$30.64

How much does a CDL Class A Driver make?

The average CDL Class A Driver salary is $57,901 per year, or $27.84 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $38,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $86,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Wyoming, and North Dakota provide the highest CDL Class A Driver salaries.

Average CDL Class A Driver Salary Over Time

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    CDL Class A Driver Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$57,900$27.84+4.0%
    2021$55,600$26.73+3.5%
    2020$53,700$25.80+2.7%
    2019$52,200$25.09+2.7%
    2018$50,800$24.42+2.6%

    How Much Do CDL Class A Drivers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, CDL Class A Driver salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Transportation, Energy, and Manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for CDL Class A Drivers. For example, CDL Class A Drivers make a whopping average salary of $60,665 while working for Transportation companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $59,694 at Energy companies and $59,161 at Manufacturing companies. But CDL Class A Drivers may want to avoid working in the Professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $54,489.

    Highest Paying Industries For CDL Class A Drivers

    RankIndustryAverage CDL Class A Driver SalaryCDL Class A Driver Salary Range
    1Transportation
    $60,665
    $45k
    $74k
    2Energy
    $59,694
    $45k
    $74k
    3Manufacturing
    $59,161
    $45k
    $74k
    4Retail
    $58,738
    $45k
    $74k
    5Hospitality
    $57,601
    $45k
    $74k
    6Construction
    $56,014
    $45k
    $74k
    7Professional
    $54,489
    $45k
    $74k

    High Paying CDL Class A Driver Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    CDL Class A Driver Salary
    The responsibilities of a Truck Driver Class A mainly revolves around driving heavy vehicles and ensuring that all transported goods meet the expected delivery deadlines and quality. The Driver needs to have a Class A license and be emotionally and physically healthy to qualify. Among the duties of a Truck Driver Class A will also revolve around securing and monitoring the quantity and quality of items, maintaining the vehicle in good condition, abide by the traffic rules and regulations, adhere to the company standards and policies, and have precise coordination with every workforce involved.
    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road

    Avg. salary: $68,874

    A truck driver-over-the-road (OTR) is a professional driver who specializes in hauling items such as heavy freight, machinery, or construction materials from a home terminal to delivery points. OTR truck drivers usually spend more time on the road due to the long distances they are required to reach. To avoid vehicular breakdowns and delays, OTR drivers are required to inspect their trucks and review shipping and transport documents. They are also responsible for unloading freights and collect charges from customers.
    Haul Truck Driver

    Avg. salary: $60,457

    Haul Truck Drivers are skilled professional drivers. They are licensed to drive around heavy vehicles such as trucks. They usually travel long distances to deliver goods from one place to another. They should be able to meet delivery time expectations. As such, Haul Truck Drivers should have good time management skills. They should also have the presence of mind while driving and must obey all traffic rules. They should know the best routes to take for each particular trip. They must also ensure that their trucks are well-maintained. Haul truck Drivers should be strong enough to assist in loading up the truck or reloading the content.
    Fuel Truck Driver

    Avg. salary: $56,969

    A Fuel Truck Driver transports fuel and other petroleum products from one place to another, ensuring safety and timeliness. Their responsibilities include measuring and calculating fuel deliveries, maintaining records, handling documentation, liaising with clients, preparing progress reports, and overseeing the loading and unloading procedures, ensuring adherence to the company's safety standards and regulations. A Fuel Truck Driver must conduct regular vehicle maintenance checks and abide by the traffic laws and regulations to maintain a safe and efficient work environment.
    Truck Driver

    Avg. salary: $59,684

    The truck driver transports goods and materials by land from and to manufacturing factories or retail businesses and distribution centers with the use of heavy trucks or tractor-trailers. Truck drivers assist and supervise the safe unloading of cargos to the destination. They must always check their cargo if complete and secured with cables, rope, or other materials. They should keep their truck clean, neat, and inspect prior the trip and ensure to be in good working condition to operate safely. It is very important that they follow with all appropriate safety procedures and comply with federal and state regulations. They must also be knowledgable and comfortable in using maps or GPS to navigate the safest and most efficient routes.
    Mixer Driver

    Avg. salary: $39,550

    A mixer driver is responsible for operating mixer trucks to deliver construction materials and concrete mixtures to construction and industrial site. Mixer drivers must inspect the condition of the truck's engine before and after operations to ensure its stability and performance that would prevent operational delays and avoid potential hazards. They should also dispense the mixtures properly and clean spills after delivery. A mixer driver must have excellent organizational skills to control the truck safely and ensure that the correct materials are delivered.
    Truck Driver Class A

    Avg. salary: $64,080

    The responsibilities of a Truck Driver Class A mainly revolves around driving heavy vehicles and ensuring that all transported goods meet the expected delivery deadlines and quality. The Driver needs to have a Class A license and be emotionally and physically healthy to qualify. Among the duties of a Truck Driver Class A will also revolve around securing and monitoring the quantity and quality of items, maintaining the vehicle in good condition, abide by the traffic rules and regulations, adhere to the company standards and policies, and have precise coordination with every workforce involved.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road$68,875$5,740$33.11732,174
    Haul Truck Driver$60,457$5,038$29.07732,920
    Fuel Truck Driver$56,969$4,747$27.39735,334
    Truck Driver$59,684$4,974$28.69838,360
    Mixer Driver$39,550$3,296$19.01810,412
    Truck Driver Class A$64,081$5,340$30.81734,595
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    CDL Class A Driver Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a CDL Class A Driver can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay CDL Class A Drivers The Most?

    If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like W.B. Mason and Bob's Discount Furniture as they offer the highest salaries for CDL Class A Drivers.

    Highest Paying Companies For CDL Class A Drivers

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    1$79,669
    2$75,290
    3$73,609
    4$72,066
    5$69,980
    6$69,377

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    Recently Added CDL Class A Driver Salaries

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    Average CDL Class A Driver Salary by Demographic

    CDL Class A Driver Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $58,267
    female-income
    Female Income
    $50,622
    GenderIncome
    Male$58,267
    Female$50,622
    Median CDL Class A Driver Income by Race
    White CDL Class A Drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. White CDL Class A Drivers have the lowest average salary at $53,457.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    CDL Class A Driver Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$55,344
    Black or African American$53,720
    Asian$54,730
    Hispanic or Latino$54,973
    Average CDL Class A Driver Salary by Education Level
    CDL Class A Drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $58,267 annually. With a Associate degree, CDL Class A Drivers earn a median annual income of $58,210 compared to $56,736 for CDL Class A Drivers with an Bachelors degree.
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    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree

    CDL Class A Driver Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$58,267
    Bachelor's Degree$56,736
    Some College/ Associate Degree$58,210

    CDL Class A Driver Salaries FAQs

    Do truck drivers make 100k?

    Yes, truck drivers can make $100,000 a year. However, this is not a common salary for a truck driver and it generally takes many years and plenty of experience to reach this salary.

    It also means taking on leadership roles within the company that you work with, such as becoming a trainer or working as a team driver.

    Another way to transition to earning $100,000 or more annually is to become an Owner Operator instead of a company Truck Driver. While this has more overhead expenses, the salary potential is also greatly increased.

    Without doing one of these options, it might take longer to reach a $100,000 annual salary. This is because truck driver earnings can range from $32,000 a year all the way up to well over $100,000.

    In order to maximize earnings, truck drivers need to work both smart and hard and quickly move into more specialized positions; this will enable them to make the most money possible.

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    Is a Class A CDL worth getting?

    Yes, a Class A CDL license is worth getting. It's a great time, more than ever before, to get into a Class A CDL truck driving career, with so many jobs available.

    Holding a Class A CDL license gives you great job security. There's also a good deal of flexibility in the type of trucking job you can take. Some truckers are away for weeks at a time, while other truck drivers are home every night and weekend.

    Working as a Class A CDL driver's license means that you have that potential to make excellent money, reasonable money, pathetic money, depending on who you drive for and put you out into it.

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    What CDL driver gets paid the most?

    Ice road truckers typically get paid the most of all CDL drivers. Though any job that requires more experienced CDL Drivers to haul high priority and dangerous loads will pay significantly more than other trucking jobs.

    Many of the highest-paying trucking jobs involve moving dangerous or difficult loads or navigating riskier terrain. Generally speaking, the more skill required to do a job, the higher it will pay. If you have the right experience and certifications, there are many valuable opportunities in the trucking business.

    Ice Road Truckers can earn between $30,000 and $40,000 in just three months, making them some of the highest-paid CDL drivers. However, this impressive salary comes at a cost. Ice road trucking can be a dangerous job.

    These truckers drive across frozen roads in northern Canada to deliver goods to miners in winter. Given the danger of these roads, the drivers who navigate them must be highly qualified. Different shipping companies have varied qualifications, but most truckers who apply for these positions don't get the job.

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    What is starting pay for CDL drivers?

    The starting pay for new CDL Drivers is around $40,000 annually. Entry-level positions do pay considerably less because inexperienced tractor-trailer drivers are a high risk to companies.

    The first year as a truck driver is essentially a learning year. Although the schooling is complete, there are things that must be learned only by performing the job. New CDL Drivers need to have a lot of patience and must be willing to take constructive criticism in order to be successful in the trucking industry.

    In this ever-growing industry, safety and dedication go a lot further than a driver that can get the most miles per week. Therefore, a new CDL Driver should focus less on making a lot of money in their first year. Instead, they should focus on learning everything they can about being a good Truck Driver.

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