Truck driver earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Truck driver salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Illinois $45,891
Alaska $56,300
District of Columbia $52,060
North Dakota $52,120
Nevada $48,850
New York $47,000
Massachusetts $48,290
Wyoming $48,470
Connecticut $48,540
New Jersey $48,340
Hawaii $46,780
Colorado $46,680
Minnesota $46,990
Washington $47,700
Rhode Island $47,040
Maryland $46,430
Oregon $45,780
California $45,790
Pennsylvania $45,570
Indiana $44,480
Kansas $43,520
Montana $45,430
Wisconsin $44,200
Utah $43,820
Kentucky $43,700
Arizona $43,040
Texas $41,760
Vermont $43,110
Missouri $44,040
New Hampshire $44,350
Ohio $42,970
Nebraska $43,580
New Mexico $41,310
South Carolina $41,690
Delaware $42,930
North Carolina $42,140
Oklahoma $41,750
Iowa $41,270
Tennessee $41,940
Michigan $41,360
Georgia $42,180
Virginia $40,620
Louisiana $39,530
Florida $38,780
Idaho $39,280
Arkansas $39,070
Mississippi $39,500
South Dakota $39,600
Alabama $38,610
Maine $38,300
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 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 about the same as related careers in California. On average, they make less than highway maintenance workers but more than shipping/receiving clerks.

Career Median Salary
Highway maintenance worker salary $55K
Rail transportation worker salary $52K
Flight attendant salary $54K
Bus driver salary $51K
Travel agent salary $45K
Truck driver salary $46K
Cargo and freight agent salary $44K
Sailor salary $39K
Delivery service driver salary $36K
Shipping/Receiving clerk salary $34K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)