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

CDL Driver Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
$36,000
$51,000
$73,000
The average cdl driver makes about $51,962 per year. That's $24.98 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $36,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $73,000. Many of cdl drivers seem to be drawn to transportation and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case cdl drivers tend to work at transportation, hospitality, 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 Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware pay cdl drivers the highest salaries.
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Where CDL Drivers Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do CDL Drivers Earn In Different Cities?

While a cdl driver can average a salary of $51,962 per year, or $24.98 per hour, there are many opportunities for cdl drivers to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $63,044 per year. Other high-paying locations include Kansas City, KS, Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $42,000. The highest paying states for cdl drivers include Connecticut, Massachusetts and Delaware. Meanwhile, Alabama, New Mexico, and Arkansas offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. New York, NY
$63,044
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k
2. Kansas City, KS
$62,459
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k
3. Omaha, NE
$61,582
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k
4. Chicago, IL
$61,143
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k
5. Saint Louis, MO
$61,119
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k
6. Philadelphia, PA
$60,665
Avg. Salary
$41k
$80k

High Paying CDL Driver Jobs

Which Companies Pay CDL 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 Dollar General and Marubeni America Corporation as they offer the highest salaries for cdl drivers.
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CDL Driver Salary History

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    How Much Do CDL Drivers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a cdl driver can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for cdl drivers tend to be found in transportation, hospitality, and retail companies. In fact, cdl drivers can make a yearly salary of $57,618 while working for transportation companies.
    1. Transportation
    $57,618
    Avg. Salary
    $40k
    $70k
    2. Hospitality
    $54,953
    Avg. Salary
    $40k
    $70k
    3. Retail
    $54,410
    Avg. Salary
    $40k
    $70k
    4. Manufacturing
    $48,925
    Avg. Salary
    $40k
    $70k
    5. Construction
    $47,341
    Avg. Salary
    $40k
    $70k

    How Experience Affects CDL Driver Salaries

    The salary for a cdl 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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    $85,000
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    $85,000
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    $35,479
    $35,479
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