Truck driver earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Truck driver salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $56,281
Alabama $37,131
Arkansas $40,193
Arizona $46,020
California $45,790
Colorado $46,680
Connecticut $48,540
District of Columbia $52,060
Delaware $42,930
Florida $38,780
Georgia $42,180
Guam $28,940
Hawaii $46,480
Iowa $43,838
Idaho $39,929
Illinois $48,650
Indiana $47,342
Kansas $43,566
Kentucky $43,376
Louisiana $39,530
Massachusetts $48,290
Maryland $46,430
Maine $38,300
Michigan $41,360
Minnesota $46,990
Missouri $44,040
Mississippi $39,500
Montana $45,430
North Carolina $42,140
North Dakota $52,120
Nebraska $43,580
New Hampshire $44,350
New Jersey $48,340
New Mexico $41,310
Nevada $50,920
New York $50,460
Ohio $42,970
Oklahoma $41,750
Oregon $45,780
Pennsylvania $42,364
Puerto Rico $18,590
Rhode Island $47,040
South Carolina $41,690
South Dakota $39,600
Tennessee $41,940
Texas $45,260
Utah $43,820
Virginia $40,620
Virgin Islands $35,580
Vermont $43,110
Washington $47,700
Wisconsin $44,200
West Virginia $37,590
Wyoming $48,470

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?

Truck drivers earn 12% less than similar careers in Arkansas. On average, they make less than transportation planners but more than ship loaders.

Career Median Salary
Transportation planner salary $60K
Customs broker salary $55K
Aircraft mechanic salary $52K
Avionics technician salary $53K
Cargo and freight agent salary $47K
Truck driver salary $40K
Traffic technician salary $39K
Rail transportation worker salary $36K
Travel agent salary $35K
Ship loader salary $33K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)