Updated August 18, 2021
Average Operator And Truck Driver Salary
$157,000 yearly
$75.58 hourly

Entry level Salary
$94,000 yearly
$94,000
10 %
$157,000
Median
$262,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$262,000
$21,833
$126
75th Percentile
$205,000
$17,083
$99
Average
$157,197
$13,100
$76
25th Percentile
$120,000
$10,000
$58
10th Percentile
$94,000
$7,833
$45

Average Operator And Truck Driver Salary By State

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Operator And Truck Driver average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$127,637
$61.36
Alaska
$88,457
$42.53
Arizona
$136,553
$65.65
Arkansas
$132,404
$63.66
California
$135,977
$65.37
Colorado
$127,946
$61.51
Connecticut
$146,082
$70.23
Delaware
$138,495
$66.58
District of Columbia
$142,363
$68.44
Florida
$116,811
$56.16
Georgia
$133,010
$63.95
Hawaii
$113,113
$54.38
Idaho
$101,934
$49.01
Illinois
$134,855
$64.83
Indiana
$133,939
$64.39
Iowa
$127,022
$61.07
Kansas
$141,473
$68.02
Kentucky
$139,505
$67.07
Louisiana
$135,903
$65.34
Maine
$134,476
$64.65
Maryland
$142,487
$68.50
Massachusetts
$148,607
$71.45
Michigan
$132,093
$63.51
Minnesota
$129,463
$62.24
Mississippi
$130,996
$62.98
Missouri
$135,104
$64.95
Montana
$95,284
$45.81
Nebraska
$138,023
$66.36
Nevada
$134,411
$64.62
New Hampshire
$144,475
$69.46
New Jersey
$148,996
$71.63
New Mexico
$138,264
$66.47
New York
$153,457
$73.78
North Carolina
$136,369
$65.56
North Dakota
$131,049
$63.00
Ohio
$125,232
$60.21
Oklahoma
$138,219
$66.45
Oregon
$114,481
$55.04
Pennsylvania
$138,592
$66.63
Rhode Island
$143,107
$68.80
South Carolina
$133,898
$64.37
South Dakota
$110,664
$53.20
Tennessee
$132,669
$63.78
Texas
$130,279
$62.63
Utah
$106,573
$51.24
Vermont
$133,341
$64.11
Virginia
$133,760
$64.31
Washington
$109,216
$52.51
West Virginia
$114,080
$54.85
Wisconsin
$129,532
$62.27
Wyoming
$116,669
$56.09

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Highest Paying Cities For Operator And Truck Driver

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Omaha, NE
$182,446
$87.71
Rochester, NY
$179,226
$86.17
Wichita, KS
$173,385
$83.36
Minneapolis, MN
$172,844
$83.10
Newark, NJ
$171,150
$82.28
Springfield, MA
$167,686
$80.62

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How much does an Operator And Truck Driver make?

The average operator and truck driver salary is $157,197 per year, or $75.58 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $94,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $262,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire provide the highest operator and truck driver salaries.

Average Operator And Truck Driver Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $157,000
    $75.58
    +2.7%
    2020
    $153,000
    $73.50
    +2.7%
    2019
    $149,000
    $71.53
    +2.6%
    2018
    $145,000
    $69.66
    +1.8%
    2017
    $142,000
    $68.38
    +2.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Driver/Owner Operator

    Avg. salary: $134,091

    Driver/owner-operators are self-employed commercial truck drivers who operate trucks to transport goods for their customers. Most of these operators started working as drivers for trucking companies to gain experience and decide if it's the right career path for them. They are allowed to haul freelance or agree to a lease agreement dedicating their equipment to one product or customer. To become an owner-operator, one should consider many things, including business set-up, vehicle type, and licenses.
    366,266 Driver/Owner Operator Jobs
    Equipment Operator

    Avg. salary: $27,638

    Equipment operators are employees who are assigned to work on specific company equipment. They are skilled workers trained to handle all aspects of the particular equipment, from basic operating to repairing. They use the equipment and ensure that safety standards are being followed. Aside from managing the equipment, they are also in charge of repairs and maintenance. They are responsible for ensuring that the machine works properly, troubleshooting if there are challenges encountered, and repairing any problems. Equipment operators are reliable, trustworthy, and attentive.
    41,450 Equipment Operator Jobs
    Driver

    Avg. salary: $29,559

    Drivers are responsible for safely transporting people, packages, or goods from one destination to another. They should be familiar with the different routes that may be taken to reach the desired goal. They should be expert navigators and may use navigation apps to help them along the way. They should also be familiar with the basic mechanics of the vehicle they are using and the proper maintenance and cleaning needed to ensure that the car is running well. Drivers are expected to have excellent customer relation skills, a strong sense of direction, and superb organizations.
    727,376 Driver Jobs
    CDL Driver

    Avg. salary: $51,962

    A CDL driver is responsible for the transportation of goods from the manufacturing warehouse to specific store locations. CDL drivers' duties include inspecting the items before and after the delivery to ensure that the orders are correct with the right quantity, providing proof of delivery from the receiving customers, following the delivery schedule and report any delays immediately, monitoring the vehicle's engine for efficiency, and escalating concerns of incorrect deliveries and defective items. A CDL driver must have excellent time-management and multi-tasking skills, following safety procedures and road rules at all times.
    634,858 CDL Driver Jobs
    Professional Driver

    Avg. salary: $55,559

    A professional driver is responsible for offering driving services as a way of living. Professional drivers are often employed by a company or private household, transporting the employees and clients from one location to another with the utmost safety and comfortability. To be a professional driver, one must have a valid professional driver's license, as well as a clean driving record for efficient job completion. A professional driver should also have comprehensive knowledge of the mechanical industry, especially on inspecting the vehicle's engine and conducting repairs as needed to avoid any delays in services.
    615,074 Professional Driver Jobs
    Owner/Operator

    Avg. salary: $201,969

    Owners/operators manage the business in all aspects, especially in those related to operations. They ensure that every aspect of the business is running smoothly. They oversee finance, marketing, logistics, sales, and even the human resources of the whole organization. They set business goals, create action plans to achieve them, and make sure that the plans are followed through. They set strategic direction and make business decisions that would be the most beneficial to the organization. They ensure that the business has enough funds to continue operating and that the quality of the products and services they offer continuously improve.
    63,349 Owner/Operator Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Driver/Owner Operator
    $134,091
    $11,174
    $64.47
    366,266
    Equipment Operator
    $27,639
    $2,303
    $13.29
    41,450
    Driver
    $29,560
    $2,463
    $14.21
    727,376
    CDL Driver
    $51,962
    $4,330
    $24.98
    634,858
    Professional Driver
    $55,560
    $4,630
    $26.71
    615,074
    Owner/Operator
    $201,969
    $16,831
    $97.10
    63,349
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    Operator And Truck Driver Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an operator and truck 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 Operators And Truck Driver The Most?

    To earn a high income as an operator and truck driver, working for Carrier or United Parcel Service might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Hub Group and A A Express Travel report highly competitive wages for operators and truck driver.
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    Recently Added Operator And Truck Driver Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    Portland, OR
    08/31/2021
    $175,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    Puyallup, WA
    08/31/2021
    $180,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    Cdl-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Cdl-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Houston, TX
    08/31/2021
    $158,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Whitestown, IN
    08/31/2021
    $200,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Orlando, FL
    08/31/2021
    $180,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    Cdl-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Cdl-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Kansas City, MO
    08/31/2021
    $176,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    CDL-A Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Pooler, GA
    08/31/2021
    $180,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Local and Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    CDL-A Local and Regional Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Goodlettsville, TN
    08/31/2021
    $160,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    CDL-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers
    Charlotte, NC
    08/31/2021
    $175,000
    08/31/2021
    Hub Group Trucking
    Cdl-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    Cdl-A Local Owner Operator Truck Drivers-Home Daily!
    Cove, UT
    08/31/2021
    $177,000
    08/31/2021

    Average Operator And Truck Driver Salary by Demographic

    Operator And Truck Driver Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $181,685
    female-income
    Female Income
    $157,738
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$181,685
    Female$157,738
    Median Operator And Truck Driver Income by Race
    White operators and truck driver have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian operators and truck driver have the lowest average salary at $161,033.
    $175,000
    $140,000
    $105,000
    $70,000
    $35,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$174,212
    Black or African American$170,212
    Asian$161,033
    Hispanic or Latino$171,022
    Average Operator And Truck Driver Salary by Education Level
    Operators and truck driver with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $181,685 annually. With a Associate degree, operators and truck driver earn a median annual income of $178,390 compared to $175,353 for operators and truck driver with an Bachelors degree.
    $185,000
    $148,000
    $111,000
    $74,000
    $37,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$181,685
    Master's Degree$152,892
    Bachelor's Degree$175,353
    Some College/ Associate Degree$178,390