Updated August 22, 2022

Average Commercial Driver Salary

$46,852yearly

$22.52 hourly

Entry level Salary
$35,000 yearly
$35,000
10 %
$46,852
Median
$62,000
90 %

How much does a Commercial Driver make?

Commercial drivers make $46,852 per year on average, or $22.52 per hour, in the United States. Commercial drivers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $62,000.

Location impacts how much a commercial driver can expect to make. Commercial drivers make the most in Washington, North Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For Commercial Drivers

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

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Commercial Driver average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1North Dakota$52,355$25.171,437
2Ohio$46,975$22.5819,764
3Illinois$48,306$23.2221,257
4Wyoming$49,032$23.57585
5Nevada$52,110$25.051,428
6Wisconsin$48,568$23.356,010
7Kentucky$46,094$22.167,292
8Washington$54,834$26.363,796
9Kansas$45,957$22.095,709
10South Dakota$46,434$22.321,557
11New York$49,787$23.9413,293
12Oklahoma$45,718$21.985,101
13New Hampshire$49,130$23.62814
14Delaware$48,017$23.091,711
15Iowa$45,756$22.005,573
16Nebraska$46,269$22.242,920
17Connecticut$49,901$23.991,895
18Mississippi$44,376$21.334,562
19Minnesota$47,840$23.005,725
20Oregon$48,698$23.413,097
21Tennessee$44,379$21.347,970
22New Jersey$49,028$23.573,980
23Alaska$51,235$24.63166
24Michigan$45,240$21.757,103
25Vermont$45,983$22.11569
26Rhode Island$46,104$22.17681
27Massachusetts$47,420$22.802,824
28Arkansas$40,891$19.664,319
29Pennsylvania$42,108$20.2417,629
30California$46,629$22.4230,209
31Hawaii$50,198$24.13200
32Indiana$38,981$18.7410,292
33Georgia$39,159$18.8317,889
34Arizona$43,654$20.994,727
35Virginia$42,349$20.3613,821
36Maryland$44,967$21.626,070
37Missouri$39,689$19.088,756
38District of Columbia$46,361$22.29266
39South Carolina$37,549$18.057,596
40Louisiana$37,429$17.995,221
41Utah$40,615$19.532,112
42Colorado$42,294$20.333,855
43Montana$39,991$19.23775
44Texas$37,985$18.2627,995
45New Mexico$38,005$18.272,208
46Alabama$34,809$16.747,553
47West Virginia$31,732$15.263,647
48Florida$38,945$18.726,657
49Idaho$34,633$16.651,509
50North Carolina$33,861$16.289,693
51Maine$33,314$16.02708

Highest Paying Cities For Commercial Drivers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Auburn, WA$55,001$26.44
2Rome, NY$49,905$23.99
3Portland, OR$48,672$23.40
4Chicago, IL$48,457$23.30
5Cheyenne, WY$48,196$23.17
6Sacramento, CA$48,009$23.08
7Chicopee, MA$47,518$22.85
8Baltimore, MD$45,164$21.71
9Memphis, TN$44,232$21.27
10Phoenix, AZ$43,678$21.00
11Fort Collins, CO$42,500$20.43
12Fayetteville, AR$41,014$19.72
13Kansas City, MO$39,764$19.12
14Rome, GA$39,380$18.93
15Lakeside, FL$39,266$18.88

Commercial Driver Salary Details

Average Commercial Driver Salary Graph
Average Commercial Driver Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Commercial Driver's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$62,000$5,167$30
75th Percentile$54,000$4,500$26
Average$46,852$3,904$23
25th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
10th Percentile$35,000$2,917$17

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Tractor-Trailer Driver$58,498$4,875$28.12690,787
CDL Class A Driver$52,203$4,350$25.10696,903
Driver$34,771$2,898$16.721,017,998
Haul Truck Driver$60,932$5,078$29.29704,286
Tank Driver$51,471$4,289$24.75783,401
Class B Driver$44,233$3,686$21.27703,020

Which Companies Pay Commercial Drivers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Laramie County Community College and Inver Hills Community College are the highest paying companies for commercial drivers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Laramie County Community College$54,474$26.19
2Inver Hills Community College$52,661$25.321
3Beacon Building Products$51,514$24.7731
4CarMax$51,005$24.52681
5Darigold$50,738$24.39
6WestRock$50,342$24.2019
7JELD-WEN$49,721$23.901
8Price Chopper Supermarkets-Market 32$48,726$23.435
9PPG$47,839$23.0037
10Sunrise Senior Living Management Inc$47,677$22.9255
11Waste Management$47,648$22.91113
12Centerline Solutions$47,562$22.872
13A & A Concrete$47,558$22.868
14CB Richard Ellis Memphis LLC$47,556$22.866
15Kerry Holding Co.$47,556$22.861
16Bethel Farms$47,556$22.86
17Veolia Water Tech$47,552$22.8615
18Associated Ready Mixed Concrete$47,476$22.8218
19Weber Logistics$47,438$22.813
20Sysco$47,190$22.693,528

How Much Do Commercial Drivers Make In Different Industries?

Commercial driver salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the transportation, manufacturing, and utilities industries tend to offer much higher salaries for commercial drivers. For example, commercial drivers make a whopping average salary of $47,951 while working in the transportation industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $46,731 in the manufacturing industry and $46,351 in the utilities industry.

Commercial drivers may want to avoid working in the automotive industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $40,760.

Highest Paying Industries For Commercial Drivers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Transportation$47,951$23.05
2Manufacturing$46,731$22.47
3Utilities$46,351$22.28
4Retail$42,811$20.58
5Automotive$40,760$19.60

High Paying Commercial Driver Jobs

Commercial Driver Salary Trends

The salary for a commercial driver can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. An accountant with 0-2 years of experience earns an average salary of $37,119, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $46,852 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $57,787. 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.

Average Commercial Driver Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Commercial Driver Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$46,900$22.53+4.0%
    2021$45,000$21.63+3.5%
    2020$43,400$20.88+2.7%
    2019$42,200$20.30+2.7%
    2018$41,100$19.76+2.6%

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    Express Employment ProfessionalsCommercial DriverAshland, OR07/16/2022$54,262
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    AirgasVeterans Preferred-Transport Driver-Temple Terrace, FL-Class A CDL/Stay-On BOTemple Terrace, FL07/14/2022$54,000
    Allied Eagle SupplyCommercial DriverDetroit, MI07/13/2022$37,566
    JELD-WenCommercial DriverRialto, CA07/13/2022$62,693
    Beacon Building ProductsCommercial DriverOregon City, OR07/13/2022$50,088
    Allied Eagle SupplyCommercial DriverDetroit, MI07/13/2022$37,566

    Commercial Driver Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Commercial Drivers The Most?

    Washington pays Commercial Drivers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $54,834 per year, or $26.36 per hour.

    How Do I Know If I'm Being Paid Fairly As A Commercial Driver?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Commercial Driver if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in North Dakota you should be paid close to $52,355 per year.

    What Type Of Commercial Driver Gets Paid The Most?

    Company Driver gets paid the most. Company Driver made a median salary of $65,430. The best-paid 10 percent make $79,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $54,000.

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