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Truck Driver Salary Guide

Trucker Pay & Benefits 101

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 2022 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 2022?

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 Barr-Nunn $87,142
3 Wal-Mart $87,013
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 Freymiller Inc $79,700
12 Western Express $79,628
13 DOT Foods Transportation $77,807
14 Central Oregon Truck Company $77,502
15 Trimac Transportation $76,796
16 Real Trucking Inc $75,660
17 Sysco $75,547
18 Estes Trucking $75,000
19 PTL Trucking $75,000
20 Foodliner $74,580
21 ABF Freight $73,562
22 Hub Group $73,500
23 Dupre Logistics $73,488
24 Heniff Transportation $72,800
25 Central Transport $72,540
26 Holland Freight $72,086
27 Riverside Transport $71,880
28 Hilco Transport $71,777
29 United Road $71,305
30 Penske Logistics $70,601
31 Jack Cooper Transport $70,328
32 Koch Trucking $69,962
33 McLane Trucking $69,779
34 Cassens Transport $69,623
35 Old Dominion $69,000
36 Dana Transport $68,380
37 Experior Transport $67,914
38 A.Duie Pyle $67,727
39 Red Classic Transit $67,340
40 Cardinal Logistics $67,244
41 Nussbaum Transportation $67,147
42 Western Flyer Xpress $67,111
43 Cowan Systems $66,644
44 Fed-Ex Freight $66,462
45 Smith Transport $66,265
46 Werner Trucking $66,108
47 Crete Carrier $66,000
48 Arka Express $65,693
49 National Carriers $65,596
50 JB Hunt $65,512
51 RoadRunner Freight $65,400
52 Road Scholar Transport $65,393
53 Ruan Transportation $65,183
54 XPO Logistics $65,071
55 DART Transit $64,739
56 Total Transportation of Mississippi $64,673
57 Dayton Freight $64,389
58 Black Horse Carriers $64,272
59 Decker Truck Line $63,124
60 USF Reddaway $62,864
61 Averitt Express $62,750
62 Action Resources $62,737
63 Venture Express $62,608
64 Yellow Freight $62,282
65 Transport America $62,253
66 AAA Cooper Transportation $61,252
67 System Transport $61,503
68 NFI Industries $61,491
69 Kreilkamp Trucking $61,167
70 Veriha Trucking $60,057
71 P&S Transportation $60,000
72 Roehl Transport $59,652
73 Mesilla Valley Transportation $59,399
74 N&M Transfer $58,779
75 Watkins Shepard $58,431
76 K&B Transportation $58,322
77 Acme Truck Line $58,245
78 ACI Motor Freight $58,023
79 UPS Freight $57,866
80 Knight Transportation $57,710
81 Bulkmatic Transport $57,276
82 Covenant Transport $56,787
83 Magnum Trucking $56,706
84 R&L Carriers $56,704
85 Gardner Trucking $56,305
86 Pitt Ohio $56,000
87 TMC Trucking $54,907
88 Kenan Advantage Group $54,714
89 Heartland Express $54,600
90 Stevens Transport $54,362
91 Schneider National $53,600
92 Navajo Express $53,230
93 Central Freight Lines $52,991
94 Ceva Logistics $52,595
95 Con-Way Freight $52,480
96 Southeastern Freight Lines $52,472
97 McElroy Truck Lines $52,409
98 CFI Trucking $52,402
99 Halvor Lines $52,131
100 United States Postal Service Freight $51,869
101 Rush Trucking $51,740
102 Blue Max Trucking $51,585
103 Gazelle Transportation $51,163
104 Melton Truck Lines $51,000
105 Bennett Motor Express $51,000
106 CRST Trucking $49,985
107 Indian River Transport $49,920
108 Andrus Transportation $49,912
109 PAM Transport $49,816
110 TransAm Trucking $49,244
111 Ward Trucking $49,200
112 KLLM Transport $58,728
113 New Penn Motor Express $48,440
114 Maverick Trucking $47,687
115 Tri-National Inc $47,627
116 May Trucking $46,835
117 Ozark Motor Lines $46,713
118 Prime Inc $46,187
119 Boyd Bros Transportation $46,262
120 Panther Trucking $46,083
121 Horizon Transport $46,002
122 FFE Transportation $45,892
123 Spirit Truck Lines $44,985
124 Carter Express $44,816
125 Pride Transport $44,589
126 Raider Express $44,362
127 InterState Distributor $43,663
128 CT Transport $42,952
129 WTI Transport $42,920
130 CR England $42,695
131 USA Truck Inc $42,377
132 Carolina Cargo $41,600
133 Millis Transfer $41,333
134 Cypress Truck Lines $40,402
135 CH Robinson $40,016
136 Falcon Transport $39,878
137 Swift Transportation $38,851
138 Southern Refrigerated Transport $35,202
139 Lazer Sport Inc $34,627
140 John Christner Trucking $33,799
141 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.

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