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 $60,020
Alaska $59,700
Washington $57,230
New Jersey $55,750
Illinois $50,180
Massachusetts $49,950
Rhode Island $49,950
Minnesota $49,850
Delaware $49,730
Oregon $49,620
North Dakota $49,510
Colorado $49,480
New York $49,380
Hawaii $49,260
New Hampshire $49,190
Wyoming $49,180
Connecticut $49,120
Nebraska $49,120
California $49,030
Nevada $48,980
Vermont $48,920
Utah $48,810
Indiana $48,700
Maryland $48,700
Tennessee $48,600
Michigan $48,470
Wisconsin $48,470
Iowa $48,180
Montana $48,180
Ohio $48,180
Pennsylvania $48,180
Arkansas $47,990
Georgia $47,990
Kansas $47,980
Idaho $47,860
South Dakota $47,750
Oklahoma $47,740
Arizona $47,600
New Mexico $47,480
Missouri $47,130
Mississippi $47,090
North Carolina $47,020
Texas $46,960
Kentucky $46,900
Maine $46,860
Louisiana $46,640
South Carolina $46,640
Virginia $46,640
Alabama $46,350
Virgin Islands, U.S. $44,400
Florida $43,300
West Virginia $39,620
Guam $36,280
Puerto Rico $18,180

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 8% less than similar careers in Pennsylvania. On average, they make less than ship captains but more than sailors.

Career Median Salary
Ship captain salary $74K
Shipmate salary $74K
Locomotive engineer salary $63K
Traffic technician salary $52K
Cargo and freight agent salary $48K
Truck driver salary $48K
Transit police officer salary $46K
Highway maintenance worker salary $47K
Travel agent salary $40K
Sailor salary $44K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)