Updated August 18, 2021
Average Over The Road Driver Salary
$58,000 yearly
$28.24 hourly

Entry level Salary
$43,000 yearly
$43,000
10 %
$58,000
Median
$79,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$79,000
$6,583
$38
75th Percentile
$69,000
$5,750
$33
Average
$58,747
$4,896
$28
25th Percentile
$49,000
$4,083
$24
10th Percentile
$43,000
$3,583
$21

Average Over The Road Driver Salary By State

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Over The Road Driver average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$63,235
$30.40
Alaska
$68,287
$32.83
Arizona
$56,116
$26.98
Arkansas
$64,342
$30.93
California
$57,574
$27.68
Colorado
$64,647
$31.08
Connecticut
$73,250
$35.22
Delaware
$72,622
$34.91
District of Columbia
$76,843
$36.94
Florida
$63,224
$30.40
Georgia
$66,741
$32.09
Hawaii
$72,766
$34.98
Idaho
$58,568
$28.16
Illinois
$65,999
$31.73
Indiana
$63,816
$30.68
Iowa
$61,417
$29.53
Kansas
$63,652
$30.60
Kentucky
$64,990
$31.25
Louisiana
$65,684
$31.58
Maine
$58,337
$28.05
Maryland
$69,133
$33.24
Massachusetts
$70,239
$33.77
Michigan
$61,729
$29.68
Minnesota
$64,025
$30.78
Mississippi
$59,776
$28.74
Missouri
$64,123
$30.83
Montana
$59,423
$28.57
Nebraska
$62,286
$29.95
Nevada
$62,836
$30.21
New Hampshire
$67,515
$32.46
New Jersey
$75,040
$36.08
New Mexico
$65,558
$31.52
New York
$73,810
$35.49
North Carolina
$67,828
$32.61
North Dakota
$73,987
$35.57
Ohio
$64,679
$31.10
Oklahoma
$55,121
$26.50
Oregon
$59,802
$28.75
Pennsylvania
$68,337
$32.85
Rhode Island
$71,892
$34.56
South Carolina
$65,229
$31.36
South Dakota
$62,532
$30.06
Tennessee
$63,212
$30.39
Texas
$62,517
$30.06
Utah
$56,979
$27.39
Vermont
$73,367
$35.27
Virginia
$64,246
$30.89
Washington
$59,993
$28.84
West Virginia
$60,891
$29.27
Wisconsin
$66,089
$31.77
Wyoming
$70,911
$34.09

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Highest Paying Cities For Over The Road Driver

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
New York, NY
$73,829
$35.49
Bridgeport, CT
$73,271
$35.23
Wilmington, DE
$72,797
$35.00
Boston, MA
$70,340
$33.82
Baltimore, MD
$69,257
$33.30
Allentown, PA
$68,650
$33.00

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How much does an Over The Road Driver make?

The average over the road driver salary is $58,747 per year, or $28.24 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $43,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $79,000. As most things go, location can be critical. New Jersey, North Dakota, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut provide the highest over the road driver salaries.

Average Over The Road Driver Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $58,700
    $28.24
    +2.7%
    2020
    $57,100
    $27.47
    +2.7%
    2019
    $55,600
    $26.73
    +2.6%
    2018
    $54,100
    $26.03
    +1.8%
    2017
    $53,200
    $25.55
    +2.1%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road

    Avg. salary: $66,696

    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.
    569,373 Truck Driver-Over-The-Road Jobs
    Driver/Mover

    Avg. salary: $24,694

    A driver/mover is responsible for preparing and arranging items for delivery from the distribution center to assigned destinations. Driver/movers assist with loading and unloading merchandise using various warehouse tools and equipment. They also inspect the packaging of items, ensuring that the products are free of any defects and immediately escalate damaged items to the management. A driver/mover checks the accuracy of inventory reports to determine the correct quantity of the delivered items before and after shipment to prevent client misunderstandings and complaints.
    667,153 Driver/Mover Jobs
    Tractor-Trailer Driver

    Avg. salary: $58,248

    A tractor-trailer driver is responsible for picking up and delivering goods and services from distribution centers and warehouses to different locations across the country as required. Tractor-trailer drivers manage the best route planning to prevent delays. They should also have extensive knowledge of the mechanical industry, inspecting the vehicle's condition regularly, repairing any inconsistencies, and replacing defective components to ensure smooth operations. A tractor-trailer driver must have excellent communication and organizational skills, responding to the clients' inquiries and concerns and escalating complaints to management for immediate resolution.
    555,155 Tractor-Trailer Driver Jobs
    Professional Truck Driver

    Avg. salary: $61,938

    Professional truck drivers have skills in communication, organization, and navigation, as well as a motivated personality and a good sense of responsibility. Their services are absolutely essential, with the most basic task being driving commercial trucks for transportation of goods and materials to distribution centers. Truck drivers transport everything from automobiles to produce to machinery.
    598,303 Professional Truck Driver 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
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road
    $66,696
    $5,558
    $32.07
    569,373
    Driver/Mover
    $24,695
    $2,058
    $11.87
    667,153
    Tractor-Trailer Driver
    $58,249
    $4,854
    $28.00
    555,155
    Professional Truck Driver
    $61,938
    $5,162
    $29.78
    598,303
    Driver
    $29,560
    $2,463
    $14.21
    727,376
    CDL Driver
    $51,962
    $4,330
    $24.98
    634,858
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    Over The Road Driver Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for an over the road 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 Over The Road Drivers The Most?

    To earn a high income as an over the road driver, working for OFS or Walmart might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like AAA Cooper Transportation and YRC Freight report highly competitive wages for over the road drivers.
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    Recently Added Over The Road Driver Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Road Driver
    Nanuet, NY
    08/31/2021
    $36,940
    08/31/2021
    Hire Velocity
    CDL A OTR Drivers
    CDL A OTR Drivers
    Bolivar, TN
    08/31/2021
    $62,610
    08/31/2021
    Lonza
    OTR Driver
    OTR Driver
    Ione, WA
    08/31/2021
    $39,653
    08/31/2021
    Hire Velocity
    OTR Drivers
    OTR Drivers
    Lyons, IL
    08/31/2021
    $83,480
    08/31/2021
    Road Driver
    Ione, WA
    08/31/2021
    $53,219
    08/31/2021
    UPS
    Road Driver
    Road Driver
    Munster, IN
    08/30/2021
    $53,219
    08/30/2021
    UPS
    Road Driver
    Road Driver
    Reno, NV
    08/30/2021
    $53,219
    08/30/2021
    UPS
    Road Driver
    Road Driver
    Greenville, SC
    08/30/2021
    $53,219
    08/30/2021
    Kool Pak
    Over The Road Driver
    Over The Road Driver
    Ione, OR
    08/30/2021
    $44,349
    08/30/2021
    UPS
    Road Driver
    Road Driver
    Salt Lake City, UT
    08/30/2021
    $53,219
    08/30/2021

    Average Over The Road Driver Salary by Demographic

    Over The Road Driver Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $61,085
    female-income
    Female Income
    $55,352
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$61,085
    Female$55,352
    Median Over The Road Driver Income by Race
    White over the road drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian over the road drivers have the lowest average salary at $56,131.
    $60,000
    $48,000
    $36,000
    $24,000
    $12,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$59,295
    Black or African American$58,343
    Asian$56,131
    Hispanic or Latino$58,536
    Average Over The Road Driver Salary by Education Level
    Over the road drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $61,085 annually. With a Associate degree, over the road drivers earn a median annual income of $60,310 compared to $59,593 for over the road drivers with an Bachelors degree.
    $65,000
    $52,000
    $39,000
    $26,000
    $13,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$61,085
    Master's Degree$54,161
    Bachelor's Degree$59,593
    Some College/ Associate Degree$60,310