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

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 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 about the same as related careers in California. On average, they make less than traffic technicians but more than delivery service drivers.

Career Median Salary
Traffic technician salary $58K
Highway maintenance worker salary $55K
Rail transportation worker salary $52K
Flight attendant salary $54K
Bus driver salary $51K
Truck driver salary $46K
Travel agent salary $45K
Cargo and freight agent salary $44K
Sailor salary $39K
Delivery service driver salary $36K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)