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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.

Trucking Company Pay Rankings

# 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 Gypsum Express $82.244
10 ATS Trucking $80,000
11 Brady Trucking $79,906
12 Freymiller Inc $79,700
13 Western Express $79,628
14 DOT Foods Transportation $77,807
15 Central Oregon Truck Company $77,502
16 Variant Trucking $77,277
17 Trimac Transportation $76,796
18 Real Trucking Inc $75,660
19 Sysco $75,547
20 Estes Trucking $75,000
21 PTL Trucking $75,000
22 Foodliner $74,580
23 ABF Freight $73,562
24 Hub Group $73,500
25 Dupre Logistics $73,488
26 Heniff Transportation $72,800
27 Central Transport $72,540
28 Holland Freight $72,086
29 Riverside Transport $71,880
30 Hilco Transport $71,777
31 Shaffer Trucking $71,477
32 United Road $71,305
33 Penske Logistics $70,601
34 Jack Cooper Transport $70,328
35 Koch Trucking $69,962
36 McLane Trucking $69,779
37 Western Dairy Transport $69,707
38 Cassens Transport $69,623
39 Old Dominion $69,000
40 Dana Transport $68,380
41 Lily Transportation $68,000
42 Experior Transport $67,914
43 Peninsula Truck Lines $67,899
44 A.Duie Pyle $67,727
45 Red Classic Transit $67,340
46 Cardinal Logistics $67,244
47 Nussbaum Transportation $67,147
48 Western Flyer Xpress $67,111
49 Cowan Systems $66,644
50 Fed-Ex Freight $66,462
51 Smith Transport $66,265
52 Werner Trucking $66,108
53 SAIA $66,069
54 Crete Carrier $66,000
55 Arka Express $65,693
56 National Carriers $65,596
57 JB Hunt $65,512
58 RoadRunner Freight $65,400
59 Road Scholar Transport $65,393
60 Ruan Transportation $65,183
61 XPO Logistics $65,071
62 DART Transit $64,739
63 Total Transportation of Mississippi $64,673
64 Dayton Freight $64,389
65 Black Horse Carriers $64,272
66 Decker Truck Line $63,124
67 USF Reddaway $62,864
68 Averitt Express $62,750
69 Action Resources $62,737
70 Venture Express $62,608
71 Yellow Freight $62,282
72 Transport America $62,253
73 AAA Cooper Transportation $61,252
74 System Transport $61,503
75 NFI Industries $61,491
76 Kreilkamp Trucking $61,167
77 Veriha Trucking $60,057
78 P&S Transportation $60,000
79 Big G Express $59,701
80 Roehl Transport $59,652
81 Mesilla Valley Transportation $59,399
82 N&M Transfer $58,779
83 Watkins Shepard $58,431
84 Coastal Transport $58,422
85 K&B Transportation $58,322
86 Acme Truck Line $58,245
87 ACI Motor Freight $58,023
88 UPS Freight $57,866
89 JNJ Express $57,817
90 Knight Transportation $57,710
91 Bulkmatic Transport $57,276
92 ABCO Transportation $57,015
93 Covenant Transport $56,787
94 Magnum Trucking $56,706
95 R&L Carriers $56,704
96 Gardner Trucking $56,305
97 Pitt Ohio $56,000
98 Garner Trucking $55,000
99 TMC Trucking $54,907
100 Kenan Advantage Group $54,714
101 Heartland Express $54,600
102 Stevens Transport $54,362
103 Schneider National $53,600
104 Navajo Express $53,230
105 Central Freight Lines $52,991
106 Ceva Logistics $52,595
107 Con-Way Freight $52,480
108 Southeastern Freight Lines $52,472
109 McElroy Truck Lines $52,409
110 CFI Trucking $52,402
111 Pinnacle Transport Group $52,120
112 Halvor Lines $52,131
113 United States Postal Service Freight $51,869
114 Rush Trucking $51,740
115 Blue Max Trucking $51,585
116 Gazelle Transportation $51,163
117 Melton Truck Lines $51,000
118 Bennett Motor Express $51,000
119 CRST Trucking $49,985
120 Indian River Transport $49,920
121 Andrus Transportation $49,912
122 PAM Transport $49,816
123 TransAm Trucking $49,244
124 Ward Trucking $49,200
125 KLLM Transport $58,728
126 New Penn Motor Express $48,440
127 Maverick Trucking $47,687
128 Tri-National Inc $47,627
129 May Trucking $46,835
130 Ozark Motor Lines $46,713
131 Prime Inc $46,187
132 Boyd Bros Transportation $46,262
133 Panther Trucking $46,083
134 Horizon Transport $46,002
135 FFE Transportation $45,892
136 Spirit Truck Lines $44,985
137 Carter Express $44,816
138 Pride Transport $44,589
139 Raider Express $44,362
140 InterState Distributor $43,663
141 CT Transport $42,952
142 WTI Transport $42,920
143 CR England $42,695
144 USA Truck Inc $42,377
145 Carolina Cargo $41,600
146 Millis Transfer $41,333
147 Cypress Truck Lines $40,402
148 CH Robinson $40,016
149 Falcon Transport $39,878
150 Swift Transportation $38,851
151 Southern Refrigerated Transport $35,202
152 Lazer Sport Inc $34,627
153 John Christner Trucking $33,799
154 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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