Average Truck Driver Salary
$51,000 yearly
$24.55 hourly
Updated August 18, 2021
$33,000
10 %
$51,000
Median
$78,000
90 %
What Is The Average Truck Driver Salary?
The average truck driver salary is $51,066 per year, or $24.55 per hour, in the United States. Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $33,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $78,000. Many of truck drivers seem to be drawn to transportation and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case truck drivers tend to work at manufacturing, transportation, 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 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire pay truck drivers the highest salaries.
PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$78,000
$6,500
$38
75th Percentile
$64,000
$5,333
$31
Average
$51,066
$4,256
$25
25th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19
10th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16

Average Truck Driver Salary By State

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

Average Salary

Truck Driver average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Alabama
$55,656
$26.76
Alaska
$43,297
$20.82
Arizona
$46,657
$22.43
Arkansas
$56,889
$27.35
California
$50,966
$24.50
Colorado
$48,468
$23.30
Connecticut
$68,211
$32.79
Delaware
$66,828
$32.13
District of Columbia
$67,359
$32.38
Florida
$45,757
$22.00
Georgia
$60,087
$28.89
Hawaii
$45,504
$21.88
Idaho
$48,535
$23.33
Illinois
$56,899
$27.36
Indiana
$61,911
$29.76
Iowa
$55,956
$26.90
Kansas
$59,847
$28.77
Kentucky
$62,443
$30.02
Louisiana
$50,619
$24.34
Maine
$64,441
$30.98
Maryland
$64,167
$30.85
Massachusetts
$69,220
$33.28
Michigan
$57,744
$27.76
Minnesota
$55,755
$26.81
Mississippi
$55,547
$26.71
Missouri
$59,982
$28.84
Montana
$46,624
$22.42
Nebraska
$49,168
$23.64
Nevada
$59,015
$28.37
New Hampshire
$69,132
$33.24
New Jersey
$67,996
$32.69
New Mexico
$49,811
$23.95
New York
$64,302
$30.91
North Carolina
$61,483
$29.56
North Dakota
$57,035
$27.42
Ohio
$60,898
$29.28
Oklahoma
$53,697
$25.82
Oregon
$45,994
$22.11
Pennsylvania
$65,510
$31.50
Rhode Island
$69,391
$33.36
South Carolina
$60,159
$28.92
South Dakota
$54,949
$26.42
Tennessee
$54,802
$26.35
Texas
$44,700
$21.49
Utah
$52,450
$25.22
Vermont
$65,812
$31.64
Virginia
$57,766
$27.77
Washington
$50,824
$24.43
West Virginia
$59,837
$28.77
Wisconsin
$60,222
$28.95
Wyoming
$55,214
$26.55

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Highest Paying Cities For Truck Driver

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Boston, MA
$69,256
$33.30
Newark, NJ
$68,221
$32.80
Washington, DC
$67,432
$32.42
Wilmington, DE
$67,068
$32.24
Allentown, PA
$66,008
$31.73
Portland, ME
$65,137
$31.32

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Average Truck Driver Salary Over Time

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

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $51,100
    $24.55
    +2.7%
    2020
    $49,700
    $23.88
    +2.7%
    2019
    $48,300
    $23.24
    +2.6%
    2018
    $47,100
    $22.63
    +1.8%
    2017
    $46,200
    $22.21
    +2.1%

    How Much Do Truck Drivers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a truck driver can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for truck drivers tend to be found in manufacturing, transportation, and retail companies. In fact, truck drivers can make a yearly salary of $63,060 while working for manufacturing companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Truck Driver SalaryTruck Driver Salary Range
    1
    Manufacturing
    $63,060
    $39k
    $78k
    2
    Transportation
    $61,401
    $39k
    $78k
    3
    Retail
    $57,241
    $39k
    $78k
    4
    Construction
    $48,615
    $39k
    $78k

    High Paying Truck Driver Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    CDL Class A Driver

    Avg. salary: $53,947

    A CDL Class A driver is a driver with a Class A commercial driver's license. A commercial driver's license is necessary to operate large, heavy, and placarded vehicles. There are several classifications of a commercial driver's license, and Class A is for a car towing a trailer with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds (5 t). Drivers with this type of license are entitled to operate a commercial motor vehicle such as passenger buses, tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and dump trucks. They have the choice to add endorsements to their CDL, which allows them to operate particular types of commercial motor vehicles.
    598,707 CDL Class A Driver Jobs
    Company Driver

    Avg. salary: $61,663

    A company driver helps an organization with all transport-related duties and ensures that these are carried out on time. Company drivers transport and deliver goods, equipment, products, and staff members to locations required by the organization. They maintain the cleanliness of their vehicles and are responsible for informing the organization about repairs and maintenance. Company drivers must also obtain the appropriate licenses and should have clean driving records with no accidents and traffic violations.
    608,159 Company Driver Jobs
    Class B Driver

    Avg. salary: $40,877

    A Class B driver is responsible for operating vehicles with weight requirements, usually used for commercial and industrial purposes. Class B drivers are typically employed as a school bus driver, delivery truck driver, public transit driver, ensuring that they meet a clean driving record. They should also have excellent knowledge of the mechanical industry, especially on inspecting the vehicle's engine condition and set maintenance repairs as necessary. A Class B driver must adhere to the safe road regulations at all times to prevent accidents and avoid delays in operation.
    594,496 Class B Driver Jobs
    Line Haul Driver

    Avg. salary: $58,582

    A line haul truck driver is in charge of transporting heavy materials using large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, ensuring timeliness and efficiency. Their responsibilities typically revolve around securing documents or invoices, adhering to specific routes, driving for long durations, liaising and building positive relationships with companies, and ensuring the safety and quality of all cargo. Furthermore, as a line haul truck driver, it is essential to abide by all the traffic laws and perform regular vehicle maintenance checks to ensure a safe and productive work environment.
    655,083 Line Haul Driver Jobs
    Commercial Driver

    Avg. salary: $41,900

    A commercial driver is responsible for transporting people, goods, and services from one place to various destinations as required. Commercial drivers must have a clean driving record to ensure the safety and security of the passengers and the merchandise's quality while on the road. They should also know how to operate a vehicle's engine, inspect system defects, and repair system malfunctions to prevent any delays in transportation and deliveries. A commercial driver must have excellent knowledge of the mechanical industry and report any problems to management.
    668,968 Commercial Driver Jobs
    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.
    589,123 Truck Driver-Over-The-Road Jobs

    Truck Driver Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a 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 Truck Drivers The Most?

    To earn a high income as a truck driver, working for Woody's or Ascent might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Reddaway and R+L Carriers report highly competitive wages for truck drivers.
    Company

    Recently Added Truck Driver Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Ashley Distribution Services
    Regional Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Regional Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Memphis, TN
    08/31/2021
    $70,000
    08/31/2021
    Red Classic
    Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Roanoke, AL
    08/31/2021
    $80,000
    08/31/2021
    Koch Trucking
    CDL A-Dedicated Truck Driver-Specialized Club Car
    CDL A-Dedicated Truck Driver-Specialized Club Car
    Columbia, SC
    08/31/2021
    $85,000
    08/31/2021
    Ashley Distribution Services
    Regional Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Regional Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Fargo, ND
    08/31/2021
    $68,500
    08/31/2021
    Averitt
    Cdl-A Regional Truck Driver
    Cdl-A Regional Truck Driver
    Charleston, SC
    08/31/2021
    $62,400
    08/31/2021
    Averitt
    Cdl-A Dedicated Truck Driver
    Cdl-A Dedicated Truck Driver
    Tulsa, OK
    08/31/2021
    $77,480
    08/31/2021
    Putnam Trucking Operations Company Inc.
    Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Cdl-A Truck Driver
    Enon, VA
    08/31/2021
    $67,828
    08/31/2021
    Ashley Distribution Services
    CDL A Regional Truck Driver
    CDL A Regional Truck Driver
    Bowling Green, KY
    08/31/2021
    $70,000
    08/31/2021
    Koch Trucking
    CDL A-Truck Driver Regional
    CDL A-Truck Driver Regional
    Kansas City, MO
    08/31/2021
    $75,000
    08/31/2021
    Ashley Distribution Services
    Cdl-A Regional Truck Driver
    Cdl-A Regional Truck Driver
    McComb, MS
    08/31/2021
    $70,000
    08/31/2021

    Average Truck Driver Salary by Demographic

    Truck Driver Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $58,769
    female-income
    Female Income
    $51,885
    Median Truck Driver Income by Race
    White truck drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian truck drivers have the lowest average salary at $52,827.
    $57,000
    $56,000
    $55,000
    $54,000
    $53,000
    $52,000
    Unknown
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    Unknown$56,009
    White$56,621
    Black or African American$55,473
    Asian$52,827
    Hispanic or Latino$55,706
    Average Truck Driver Salary by Education Level
    Truck drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $58,769 annually. With a Associate degree, truck drivers earn a median annual income of $57,829 compared to $56,960 for truck drivers with an Bachelors degree.
    $61,000
    $59,000
    $57,000
    $55,000
    $53,000
    $51,000
    $49,000
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$58,769
    Master's Degree$50,477
    Bachelor's Degree$56,960
    Some College/ Associate Degree$57,829