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How Much Does a CDL Class A Driver Earn In The United States?

CDL Class A Driver Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
$37,000
$53,000
$77,000
The average cdl class a driver makes about $53,948 per year. That's $25.94 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $37,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $77,000. Many of cdl class a drivers seem to be drawn to transportation and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case cdl class a drivers tend to work at transportation, manufacturing, and retail companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Rhode Island, New Hampshire and North Carolina pay cdl class a drivers the highest salaries.
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Where CDL Class A Drivers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where cdl class a drivers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do CDL Class A Drivers Earn In Different Cities?

While a cdl class a driver can average a salary of $53,948 per year, or $25.94 per hour, there are many opportunities for cdl class a drivers to make more. For example, in Charlotte, NC you might make $68,183 per year. Other high-paying locations include Chicago, IL, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Charlotte, NC where the average starting salary is $44,000. The highest paying states for cdl class a drivers include Rhode Island, New Hampshire and North Carolina. Meanwhile, Arizona, Alaska, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Charlotte, NC
$68,183
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k
2. Chicago, IL
$67,172
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k
3. Boston, MA
$66,604
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k
4. Hartford, CT
$66,549
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k
5. Milwaukee, WI
$65,600
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k
6. Minneapolis, MN
$65,323
Avg. Salary
$46k
$85k

High Paying CDL Class A Driver Jobs

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 GCP Applied Technologies and Papa John's Pizza as they offer the highest salaries for cdl class a drivers.
Company
Avg. Salary
$55k
$92k
Avg. Salary
$55k
$92k
Avg. Salary
$55k
$92k

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CDL Class A Driver Salary History

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    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, manufacturing, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for cdl class a drivers. For example, cdl class a drivers make a whopping average salary of $61,811 while working for transportation companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $56,367 at manufacturing companies and $54,829 at retail companies. But cdl class a drivers may want to avoid working in the construction industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $53,098.
    1. Transportation
    $61,811
    Avg. Salary
    $45k
    $74k
    2. Manufacturing
    $56,367
    Avg. Salary
    $45k
    $74k
    3. Retail
    $54,829
    Avg. Salary
    $45k
    $74k
    4. Construction
    $53,098
    Avg. Salary
    $45k
    $74k

    How Experience Affects CDL Class A Driver Salaries

    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.

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    01/30/2021
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    $49,566
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    Zanesville, OH
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    $54,262
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    Newark, NJ
    01/30/2021
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    $78,263
    $78,263
    01/30/2021
    Local AM Class A CDL Driver-Home Daily
    Local AM Class A CDL Driver-Home Daily
    Milton, DE
    Milton, DE
    01/30/2021
    01/30/2021
    $56,349
    $56,349
    01/30/2021
    CDL Class A Delivery Driver AVE.
    CDL Class A Delivery Driver AVE.
    Springfield, MO
    Springfield, MO
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $70,000
    $70,000
    01/29/2021
    Local AM Class A CDL Driver-Home Daily
    Local AM Class A CDL Driver-Home Daily
    Milton, DE
    Milton, DE
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $56,349
    $56,349
    01/29/2021