Updated August 22, 2022

Average Professional Truck Driver Salary

$48,577yearly

$23.35 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
$33,000
10 %
$48,577
Median
$69,000
90 %

How much does a Professional Truck Driver make?

Professional truck drivers make $48,577 per year on average, or $23.35 per hour, in the United States. Professional truck drivers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $69,000.

Location impacts how much a professional truck driver can expect to make. Professional truck drivers make the most in Rhode Island, Montana, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

Highest Paying States For Professional Truck Drivers

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

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Professional Truck Driver average salary by State

RankStateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
1North Dakota$58,322$28.041,115
2Oklahoma$56,101$26.974,148
3Rhode Island$63,325$30.44675
4Ohio$54,747$26.3212,079
5Montana$62,783$30.18635
6Connecticut$61,555$29.591,849
7Kentucky$53,421$25.686,270
8Tennessee$53,740$25.846,868
9Wyoming$55,445$26.66579
10Pennsylvania$54,964$26.4311,252
11Texas$54,718$26.3120,692
12Vermont$56,005$26.93542
13New York$60,698$29.186,689
14New Hampshire$56,252$27.04686
15Massachusetts$59,349$28.532,877
16Illinois$54,593$26.2512,894
17Wisconsin$53,289$25.625,400
18South Dakota$52,430$25.211,218
19New Jersey$59,615$28.663,676
20Maryland$59,472$28.595,109
21West Virginia$50,411$24.243,159
22Georgia$53,564$25.758,922
23Indiana$50,740$24.399,379
24Virginia$56,089$26.977,194
25North Carolina$52,904$25.437,868
26District of Columbia$63,792$30.67222
27Delaware$53,709$25.821,578
28South Carolina$51,638$24.835,778
29Alabama$50,440$24.256,291
30Iowa$50,389$24.235,044
31Arkansas$49,687$23.893,665
32Minnesota$53,264$25.615,006
33Arizona$52,771$25.373,644
34Louisiana$51,060$24.554,119
35Mississippi$49,513$23.803,204
36Washington$55,978$26.913,164
37Kansas$49,406$23.754,651
38Alaska$56,518$27.17141
39Missouri$50,035$24.067,309
40California$53,099$25.5322,291
41Oregon$52,537$25.262,326
42Michigan$49,676$23.886,257
43Colorado$53,059$25.513,245
44Utah$50,912$24.481,750
45Hawaii$57,519$27.65116
46Idaho$49,762$23.921,221
47Maine$48,934$23.53778
48Nebraska$47,112$22.652,397
49New Mexico$47,427$22.801,972
50Nevada$48,626$23.381,182
51Florida$46,370$22.295,115

Highest Paying Cities For Professional Truck Drivers

RankCityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
1Boston, MA$59,352$28.53
2Alexandria, VA$56,451$27.14
3Broken Arrow, OK$56,163$27.00
4Philadelphia, PA$55,210$26.54
5Chicago, IL$54,659$26.28
6Columbus, OH$54,512$26.21
7Milwaukee, WI$53,281$25.62
8Bowling Green, KY$53,187$25.57
9Tracy, CA$52,747$25.36
10Charlotte, NC$52,662$25.32
11New Orleans, LA$51,067$24.55
12Indianapolis, IN$50,641$24.35
13Birmingham, AL$50,570$24.31
14Charleston, WV$50,149$24.11
15Kansas City, MO$49,847$23.96

Professional Truck Driver Salary Details

Average Professional Truck Driver Salary Graph
Average Professional Truck Driver Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Professional Truck Driver's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$69,000$5,750$33
75th Percentile$58,000$4,833$28
Average$48,577$4,048$23
25th Percentile$40,000$3,333$19
10th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
Driver$34,771$2,898$16.721,017,998
CDL Driver$63,112$5,259$30.34784,044
Mixer Driver$52,004$4,334$25.00990,295
Van Driver$36,254$3,021$17.43791,293
Truck Driver-Over-The-Road$69,158$5,763$33.25689,630
Route Driver$45,492$3,791$21.87266,899

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. Schneider National Jobs (107)
  2. Averitt Express Jobs (16)
  3. Werner Enterprises Jobs (179)
  4. Maverick Transportation Jobs (17)
  5. Covenant Jobs (34)

Which Companies Pay Professional Truck Drivers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Wellpath and McKesson are the highest paying companies for professional truck drivers.
RankCompanyAverage SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
1Wellpath$50,890$24.4785
2McKesson$48,021$23.095
3Cecil College$40,710$19.57
4Allied Universal$38,029$18.2852
5Tulsa Tech$37,397$17.98

How Much Do Professional Truck Drivers Make In Different Industries?

Professional truck driver salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the transportation, manufacturing, and retail industries tend to offer much higher salaries for professional truck drivers. For example, professional truck drivers make a whopping average salary of $56,975 while working in the transportation industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $56,004 in the manufacturing industry and $51,808 in the retail industry.

Professional truck drivers may want to avoid working in the telecommunication industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $51,366.

Highest Paying Industries For Professional Truck Drivers

RankIndustryAverage SalaryHourly Rate
1Transportation$56,975$27.39
2Manufacturing$56,004$26.93
3Retail$51,808$24.91
4Insurance$51,705$24.86
5Telecommunication$51,366$24.70

High Paying Professional Truck Driver Jobs

Professional Truck Driver Salary Trends

The salary for a professional truck 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 $38,486, a mid-career professional with 3-6 years of experience makes $48,577 a year on average, and a senior level accountant with 7-12 years of experience enjoys an average annual salary of $59,915. 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 Professional Truck Driver Salary Over Time

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

    Professional Truck Driver Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$48,600$23.35+4.0%
    2021$46,600$22.43+3.5%
    2020$45,000$21.64+2.7%
    2019$43,800$21.05+2.7%
    2018$42,600$20.49+2.6%

    Recently Added Professional Truck Driver Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    McKessonDelivery Professional-Bulk Truck DriverScarborough, ME07/21/2022$45,726
    GardaworldSecurity Professional-Truck ProcessingMechanicsburg, PA07/12/2022$31,305
    Gardaworld Security Services U.S.Security Professional-Truck ProcessingMechanicsburg, PA07/10/2022$31,305
    McKessonJr0057564-Delivery Professional Bulk TruckPompano Beach, FL04/28/2022$40,905
    McKessonJr0062705-Delivery Professional-Bulk TruckNorristown, PA04/19/2022$42,846
    McKessonJr0054431-Delivery Professional-Bulk Truck DriverAustin, TX04/17/2022$40,905
    McKessonJr0061553-Delivery Professional Bulk TruckJacksonville, FL04/16/2022$38,985
    Job Listingsallied UniversalAgricultural Trucking Security ProfessionalDoral, FL04/13/2022$31,305
    McKessonJr0062494-Delivery Professional-Straight Truck DriverGuilderland, NY04/01/2022$42,846
    Allied UniversalAgricultural Trucking Security ProfessionalMiami, FL03/25/2022$31,305

    Professional Truck Driver Salaries FAQs

    What State Pays Professional Truck Drivers The Most?

    Rhode Island pays Professional Truck Drivers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $63,792 per year, or $30.67 per hour.

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

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Professional Truck Driver if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Rhode Island you should be paid close to $63,325 per year.

    What Type Of Professional Truck Driver Gets Paid The Most?

    Truck Driver-Over-The-Road gets paid the most. Truck Driver-Over-The-Road made a median salary of $69,158. The best-paid 10 percent make $81,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $58,000.

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