Long haul trucking is any form of trucking where drivers are expected to spend the night away from home, as the journey is too long to be made in a day. Drivers may spend the night in their cab, or at some form of motel accommodation. Frequently crossing states, a long haul trucker may drive from one end of the country to another – a national remit is not uncommon. Obviously, some journeys are longer than others; some long-haul truckers may opt for trips which require only a night or two away from home, others may be on the road for a week or more. For longer trips, two drivers may share a cab, taking turns to drive to get the load to its destination more rapidly. Long haul trucking requires drivers to be familiar with relevant driving and cargo handling law in all the states through which they pass, as well as having the sort of lifestyle which means they’re able to regularly commit to long periods away from home.
According to various reputable sources, the average salary for a long haul truck driver is around $68,000, with salaries ranging from anywhere between $57,000 and $79,000. Variables such as the company you work for, type of driving (team drivers may well make more, or drivers that are prepared to stay on the road for weeks at a time), and hours worked can also make a difference. Anecdotally, drivers who have their own rig, and work on a freelance basis may make much more, provided they are prepared to put in the hours.