An OTR truck driver is usually required to drive long distances between states, using a tractor-trailer truck or semi-trailer truck. They will have the responsibility not only for driving but also ensuring their cargo is cared for appropriately, loading and unloading (including processing the relevant paperwork) and keeping inventory records. OTR drivers can expect to be away from home for days, or even weeks, at a time, due to the distances they are required to travel.
All OTR truck drivers need to be a minimum of 21 years old and have a Class A CDL with endorsements. They also need to be in good health. A Class A CDL can be obtained through completion of a relevant training course, delivered by an accredited provider. Courses normally cost between $3,000 and $7,000. A full-time course will take around seven weeks to complete.
There are some different variables to consider when deciding which company is going to be the best for you. Often salary is not the only consideration. Some companies offer additional perks such as subsidized medical and dental care, paid holidays, sick pay and various other advantages. Others may provide a regular rotation, enabling drivers to schedule other commitments around their job.
On average an OTR truck driver can expect to make around $68,000. Salaries tend to range between $57,000 and $79, 000 depending on location, company, and duties. Drivers who work for themselves and have their rig can expect to make significantly more.