The average salary for a truck driver in the United States is around $42,571 per year.
This is 32% below the national average. Updated in 2018.
Truck drivers earn an average yearly salary of $42,571. Wages typically start from $27,445 and go up to $66,033.
Truck driver earnings by seniority
Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.
Truck driver salary by state
|State Name||Average Salary|
|District of Columbia||$52,060|
How much does a Truck Driver earn?
Experience is where the money is in the trucking industry. Just like with any other job, entry level positions do pay considerably less. The best bet is going through a truck driving school that offers employment placement assistance. Inexperienced truck drivers are a high risk to companies, however, there are several reputable companies that do pay very well for first year drivers.
Unlike other career salaries, truck driving salaries tend to not follow suit when it comes to the cost of living in an area. The salary is more about the job being performed and the company you are with. Jobs that no one seems to want do pay more; a lot of those jobs are available in the state of New York according to CNN.
West Virginia and Mississippi are also high paying states for truck drivers according to PayScale.com. These positions require precision driving and dedication. In West Virginia, local or state-wide drivers earn top wages simply due to the terrain within the state.
How do truck driver salaries compare to similar careers?
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)