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Truck Driver Salary Guide

How To Understand Trucker Pay & Benefits

Long drives, big trucks, and truck stop food are just some of the things that go along with being a trucker today. For a truck driver, however, the biggest incentive is their paycheck…

We’re well into 2020 and freight demand is on the rise again. Truck drivers are still in high demand with a massive lack of qualified drivers to fill the ranks of many trucking companies.

But for potential drivers, the biggest question remains: how much does truck driving pay in 2020?

There are a few variables that go into the “average” we use, but it comes from over 6.5 million salaries submitted from truckers online and job boards.

A large data source of this kind allows us to have a better understanding of how much the average trucker will make and share it with you. Remember, this is a national average and you should check with each company to verify the data in your area.

Our new median pay is $59,158

This comes out to drivers earning $1,137 per week. From the data set provided, we can also see that at the lowest point, salaries were $17,200 per year. We’re assuming that this is a part-time position wherein the driver did not log a lot of time.

Alternatively, the high-end salary was $166,000 per year. These drivers either have a very long tenure, but most likely they’re owner-operators.

# Company (Click For Profile) Annual Pay
1 GP Transco $90,000
2 Sysco $87,204
3 Wal-Mart $86,000
4 Epes Transport $83,921
5 Hogan Transportation $83,876
6 Mercer Transportation $83,740
7 Grand Island Express $83,000
8 Artur Express Inc $82,955
9 ATS Trucking $80,000
10 Brady Trucking $79,906
11 Western Express $79,628
12 DOT Foods Transportation $77,807
13 Central Oregon Truck Company $77,502
14 Trimac Transportation $76,796
15 Real Trucking Inc $75,660
16 Estes Trucking $75,000
17 PTL Trucking $75,000
18 Foodliner $74,580
19 ABF Freight $73,562
20 Hub Group $73,500
21 Dupre Logistics $73,488
22 Barr-Nunn $73,358
23 Heniff Transportation $72,800
24 Central Transport $72,540
25 Holland Freight $72,086
26 Riverside Transport $71,880
27 United Road $71,305
28 Penske Logistics $70,601
29 Jack Cooper Transport $70,328
30 Koch Trucking $69,962
31 McLane Trucking $69,779
32 Cassens Transport $69,623
33 Old Dominion $69,000
34 Dana Transport $68,380
35 Experior Transport $67,914
36 A.Duie Pyle $67,727
37 Red Classic Transit $67,340
38 Cardinal Logistics $67,244
39 Nussbaum Transportation $67,147
40 Cowan Systems $66,644
41 Fed-Ex Freight $66,462
42 Smith Transport $66,265
43 Werner Trucking $66,108
44 Crete Carrier $66,000
45 Arka Express $65,693
46 National Carriers $65,596
47 JB Hunt $65,512
48 RoadRunner Freight $65,400
49 Road Scholar Transport $65,393
50 Ruan Transportation $65,183
51 XPO Logistics $65,071
52 DART Transit $64,739
53 Total Transportation of Mississippi $64,673
54 Dayton Freight $64,389
55 Black Horse Carriers $64,272
56 Decker Truck Line $63,124
57 USF Reddaway $62,864
58 Averitt Express $62,750
59 Action Resources $62,737
60 Venture Express $62,608
61 Yellow Freight $62,282
62 Transport America $62,253
63 AAA Cooper Transportation $61,252
64 System Transport $61,503
65 NFI Industries $61,491
66 Kreilkamp Trucking $61,167
67 Veriha Trucking $60,057
68 P&S Transportation $60,000
69 Roehl Transport $59,652
70 Mesilla Valley Transportation $59,399
71 N&M Transfer $58,779
72 Watkins Shepard $58,431
73 K&B Transportation $58,322
74 Acme Truck Line $58,245
75 ACI Motor Freight $58,023
76 UPS Freight $57,866
77 Knight Transportation $57,710
78 Bulkmatic Transport $57,276
79 Covenant Transport $56,787
80 Magnum Trucking $56,706
81 R&L Carriers $56,704
82 Gardner Trucking $56,305
83 Pitt Ohio $56,000
84 TMC Trucking $54,907
85 Kenan Advantage Group $54,714
86 Heartland Express $54,600
87 Stevens Transport $54,362
88 Schneider National $53,600
89 Navajo Express $53,230
90 Central Freight Lines $52,991
91 Ceva Logistics $52,595
92 Con-Way Freight $52,480
93 Southeastern Freight Lines $52,472
94 McElroy Truck Lines $52,409
95 CFI Trucking $52,402
96 Halvor Lines $52,131
97 United States Postal Service Freight $51,869
98 Rush Trucking $51,740
99 Gazelle Transportation $51,163
100 Melton Truck Lines $51,000
101 Bennett Motor Express $51,000
102 CRST Trucking $49,985
103 Indian River Transport $49,920
104 Andrus Transportation $49,912
105 PAM Transport $49,816
106 TransAm Trucking $49,244
107 Ward Trucking $49,200
108 KLLM Transport $58,728
109 New Penn Motor Express $48,440
110 Maverick Trucking $47,687
111 May Trucking $46,835
112 Ozark Motor Lines $46,713
113 Prime Inc $46,187
114 Panther Trucking $46,083
115 Horizon Transport $46,002
116 FFE Transportation $45,892
117 Spirit Truck Lines $44,985
118 Carter Express $44,816
119 Pride Transport $44,589
120 Raider Express $44,362
121 InterState Distributor $43,663
122 CT Transport $42,952
123 WTI Transport $42,920
124 CR England $42,695
125 USA Truck Inc $42,377
126 Carolina Cargo $41,600
127 Millis Transfer $41,333
128 Cypress Truck Lines $40,402
129 CH Robinson $40,016
130 Falcon Transport $39,878
131 Swift Transportation $38,851
132 Southern Refrigerated Transport $35,202
133 Lazer Sport Inc $34,627
134 John Christner Trucking $33,799
135 Star Transportation $31,252

Pay Per Hour

Often, truck drivers will negotiate their salaries around a rate that is based on mileage and not on hours. For an experienced independent truck driver, the rate per mile could be as high as 60 cents a mile. This means for an experienced independent truck driver traveling an average of 70 miles an hour on the interstate can make an average of 42 dollars an hour. If the haul, or trip, equals out to 800 miles then the driver will make $480. This of course does not include his or her rates for accommodations.

 

Experience and Reputation

The average driver pay is based on your specific driving experience and reputation.

A reputable truck driver is often going to get paid a higher rate because he or she is in high demand.

Until a driver builds a reputation as a professional and reliable CDL driver they will have to be satisfied with a lower pay rate. Just like many other job professions out there, the amount you earn will depend on a person’s ability to perform at or above the employer’s expectations.

US Trucking Company Directory

Industry Specific Pay Data