Generally, the truck jobs that pay the most involve OTR (over the road work). This is because OTR drivers are frequently away for days at a time and may have to work long hours. They also need a detailed knowledge of the driving and haulage laws that apply in each state and are generally expected to display high standards of driving and load management. Obviously, the more hours a driver works, particularly if they’re away from home, driving a specialist load (for example hazardous substances or an extra-large load) or are required to complete some other challenging task, will mean their pay is likely to be higher.
Although some trucking companies pay more than others, itis important to compare the entire package which each company offers before making a decision on which employer is going to be right for you. In addition to pay, factors such as additional benefits (including holiday pay, paid sick leave and subsidized healthcare), as well as potentially guaranteed time off within a set period or similar concessions, could all mean that one company is more suited to you than another.
As at August 2017, the average salary for a truck driver was $41,906 a year. Although this is the average salary, it’s important to remember that there can be considerable variations between states, companies and the type of work being undertaken. Factors such as experience, ability to be away from home for long periods and dependability may all also impact on salary level.