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