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How Much Does a Truck Operator Earn In The United States?

Truck Operator Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
$24,000
$35,000
$52,000
The average truck operator makes about $35,430 per year. That's $17.03 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $24,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $52,000. Many of truck operators seem to be drawn to manufacturing and retail companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case truck operators tend to work at transportation, energy, and utilities 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 Washington, Minnesota and California pay truck operators the highest salaries.
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Where Truck Operators Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Truck Operators Earn In Different Cities?

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a truck operator is roughly $35,430 per year, which boils down to $17.03 per hour. Interestingly enough, truck operators have the highest salaries in Manteca, CA at about $59,698 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Manteca, CA is $36,000. Additionally, truck operators make more than the average salary in Piscataway, NJ, Wilmington, DE, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, and Baltimore, MD. On a more broad level, truck operator salaries are highest in Washington, Minnesota, California, North Dakota, Alaska, Rhode Island, and Nevada. On the contrary, Mississippi, Florida, and West Virginia offer the lowest truck operator salaries.
Location
1. Manteca, CA
$59,698
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k
2. Piscataway, NJ
$48,882
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k
3. Wilmington, DE
$47,942
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k
4. Denver, CO
$47,054
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k
5. Chicago, IL
$46,954
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k
6. Baltimore, MD
$45,787
Avg. Salary
$25k
$77k

High Paying Truck Operator Jobs

Which Companies Pay Truck Operators The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Kimberly-Clark and Mile High Frozen Foods as they offer the highest salaries for truck operators.
Company
Avg. Salary
$16k
$56k
$39,647
Avg. Salary
$16k
$56k
Avg. Salary
$16k
$56k
Avg. Salary
$16k
$56k
Avg. Salary
$16k
$56k

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Truck Operator Salary History

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    How Much Do Truck Operators Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, truck operator salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that transportation, energy, and utilities companies tend to offer much higher salaries for truck operators. For example, truck operators make a whopping average salary of $41,865 while working for transportation companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $39,712 at energy companies and $37,604 at utilities companies. But truck operators may want to avoid working in the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $30,869.
    1. Transportation
    $41,865
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k
    2. Energy
    $39,712
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k
    3. Utilities
    $37,604
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k
    4. Manufacturing
    $35,516
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k
    5. Construction
    $34,182
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k
    6. Retail
    $33,405
    Avg. Salary
    $25k
    $51k

    How Experience Affects Truck Operator Salaries

    The salary for a truck operator 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.

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    $26,254
    $26,254
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    Water Truck Operator/Maintenance Worker-Medical Eligible
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    Centennial, CO
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    $26,254
    $26,254
    01/15/2021
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    $37,566
    $37,566
    01/08/2021
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    Minooka, IL
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    $30,783
    $30,783
    12/30/2020
    Pipe Truck Operator
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    Willow Grove, PA
    Willow Grove, PA
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    $79,035
    $79,035
    12/25/2020
    Clamp Truck Operator
    Clamp Truck Operator
    Carol Stream, IL
    Carol Stream, IL
    12/17/2020
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    $33,392
    $33,392
    12/17/2020
    Clamp Truck Operator
    Clamp Truck Operator
    Lewisburg, TN
    Lewisburg, TN
    12/03/2020
    12/03/2020
    $33,079
    $33,079
    12/03/2020
    The Reserves Network
    The Reserves Network
    Clamp Truck Operator-2Nd Shift
    Clamp Truck Operator-2Nd Shift
    Clamp Truck Operator-2Nd Shift
    Danville, VA
    Danville, VA
    11/12/2020
    11/12/2020
    $25,670
    $25,670
    11/12/2020
    Digger Truck Operator
    Digger Truck Operator
    Mayflower, AR
    Mayflower, AR
    11/12/2020
    11/12/2020
    $39,653
    $39,653
    11/12/2020