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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Other names for this job might include Aircraft Refueler, Armored Truck Driver, Auto Carrier Driver, Auto Crane Driver, Auto Haulaway Driver, Auto Hauler, Auto Transport Driver, Basket Operator, Batch Mixing Truck Driver, Bottle Hop

  • $43590
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How Much Do CDL Truck Drivers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$43590 per year

Hourly wage
$20.960 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do CDL Truck Drivers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of CDL Truck Drivers is $43590. Their salary can also be as low as $26920 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $63140 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $20.960 and can range from $12.940 to $30.360 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A CDL Truck Driver will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do CDL Truck Drivers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of C.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$30.360$63140
Senior (Top 25%)$24.890$51760
Middle (Mid 50%)$19.870$41340
Junior (Bottom 25%)$16.090$33470
No experience (Bottom 10%)$12.940$26920

Entry-level CDL Truck Drivers who starts out at $33470 can expect to make $41340 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $12.940 per hour while the top 10% makes over $30.360 per hour.

While the median wage is $41340 per annum or $19.870 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing32.6968000
Wired Telecommunications Carriers29.9162220
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries28.4259120
Couriers and Express Delivery Services28.258660
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing27.5457270
Couriers and Messengers27.4857150
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution27.2156590
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing27.0256200
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries26.4154930
Motion Picture and Video Industries26.2254530
Postal Service (federal government)25.953880
Federal government, including the US Postal Service25.953880
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries25.753450
Other Pipeline Transportation25.1852380
School and Employee Bus Transportation25.0652120
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation24.8851740
Rail Transportation24.350550
Scientific Research and Development Services24.0149950
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences24.0149950
Coal Mining23.9149730
Spectator Sports23.7849460
Support Activities for Water Transportation23.6249130
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries23.649080
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing22.8947610
Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation22.847430
Pipeline Transportation22.747220
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas22.6847170
Natural Gas Distribution22.6647140
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing22.3946570
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing22.3546490
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers22.2846340
Newspaper Publishers22.2546290
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction22.246170
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing22.1846140
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned21.9345620
Metal Ore Mining21.9245590
Publishing Industries (except Internet)21.8645470
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers21.8645470
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing21.6144960
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services21.6144940
Engineering Services21.4644630
Utility System Construction21.4344580
Oil and Gas Extraction21.4144540
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil21.3744440
Educational Services, Privately owned21.3644440
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing21.344310
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors21.2544200
Basic Chemical Manufacturing21.2144110
Other Building Equipment Contractors21.1944070
Ship and Boat Building21.1443980
Support Activities for Mining21.1143910
Rubber Product Manufacturing21.0743840
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance21.0743840
Facilities Support Services21.0343750
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers20.9643590
Management of Companies and Enterprises20.943480
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods20.943460
Traveler Accommodation20.8443340
Dairy Product Manufacturing20.8243310
Grain and Oilseed Milling20.8143270
General Freight Trucking20.7643180
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing20.7343120
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service20.7143070
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing20.743050
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers20.743050
Chemical Manufacturing20.6843020
Primary Metal Manufacturing20.6843010
Building Equipment Contractors20.6442940
Truck Transportation20.6242900
Transportation and Warehousing20.6242890
Other Personal Services20.5742790
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers20.5342710
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing20.542640
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)20.542630
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing20.4742580
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing20.4442510
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services20.3842380
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing20.3642350
Specialized Freight Trucking20.2942210
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction20.2942200
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction20.2742160
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills20.2342080
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing20.2342080
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing20.2142040
Grocery Stores20.1741950
All industries20.1641930
Beverage Manufacturing20.1641920
All industries, private ownership only20.1541910
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing20.1341870
Wholesale Trade20.1141820
Landscaping Services20.0741750
Other Support Activities for Transportation20.0741740
Roofing Contractors20.0541710
Drywall and Insulation Contractors20.0541710
Rental and Leasing Services20.0241640
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills20.0141620
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services2041600
Forging and Stamping2041590
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers2041590
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing19.9641510
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing19.9141410
Mining (except Oil and Gas)19.941390
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing19.8841360
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals19.8841350
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services19.8141200
Local government, including schools and hospitals19.7741130
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing19.7641110
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services19.7641090
Waste Treatment and Disposal19.7541080
Federal, State, and Local Government19.7541070
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service19.7541070
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel19.7441060
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction19.7141000
Ambulatory Health Care Services19.7140990
Inland Water Transportation19.6840930
Office Administrative Services19.6340820
Local Messengers and Local Delivery19.6240810
Support Activities for Rail Transportation19.6140800
Nonresidential Building Construction19.5540650
Direct Selling Establishments19.5440640
Textile Mills19.5340630
Computer Systems Design and Related Services19.5340630
Nonstore Retailers19.5340610
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories19.540570
Water Transportation19.540550
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills19.4840510
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers19.4740490
Finance and Insurance19.4740490
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers19.4240400
Waste Management and Remediation Services19.4340400
Construction of Buildings19.440350
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing19.3540250
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation19.3440230
Food and Beverage Stores19.3140150
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors19.2940110
Paper Manufacturing19.2740090
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors19.2740070
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services19.2540030
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing19.2440010
Waste Collection19.2340000
Vending Machine Operators19.2339990
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging19.2239970
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing19.2139960
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services19.1939920
Nonscheduled Air Transportation19.1939910
Employment Services19.1439810
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)19.1439810
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing19.1339800
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing19.1339800
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers19.1239760
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers19.0839690
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing19.0539630
Specialty Trade Contractors19.0439600
Air Transportation19.0439590
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing19.0239560
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing19.0139540
Residential Building Construction1939530
Building Finishing Contractors1939520
Administrative and Support Services18.9839480
Freight Transportation Arrangement18.9739470
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.9739460
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities18.9639430
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage18.9639430
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing18.9539410
Services to Buildings and Dwellings18.9239360
Fabric Mills18.9239350
Other Specialty Trade Contractors18.939300
Water, Sewage and Other Systems18.8939280
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors18.8639230
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing18.8639220
Land Subdivision18.8539200
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing18.8539200
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers18.8339170
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing18.8239150
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing18.8239150
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing18.8239140
Specialty Food Stores18.839110
General Rental Centers18.839100
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing18.7939090
Machinery Manufacturing18.7739040
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing18.6538790
Warehousing and Storage18.6438770
Plastics Product Manufacturing18.6438760
Food Manufacturing18.638690
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing18.5838650
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing18.5738630
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing18.5638610
Scheduled Air Transportation18.5238520
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities18.538490
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing18.4938460
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)18.4938460
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers18.4638390
Masonry Contractors18.4438360
Lessors of Real Estate18.4438350
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods18.4138300
Real Estate18.4138290
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers18.438280
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services18.438280
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers18.3138080
Support Activities for Air Transportation18.338070
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)18.338070
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing18.2938040
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying18.2838020
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing18.2738000
Forestry and Logging18.2637990
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing18.1537750
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers18.1537750
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing18.1437730
Educational Services, State government owned18.1237690
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing18.137640
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing18.0737590
Retail Trade18.0537540
Other Support Services1837430
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses17.9837400
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing17.9737370
Personal and Laundry Services17.9237280
Tobacco Manufacturing17.9137260
Support Activities for Animal Production17.8937210
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing17.8937210
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing17.8737160
Building Material and Supplies Dealers17.8337080
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned17.8237070
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)17.837020
Animal Slaughtering and Processing17.837010
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services17.7937010
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers17.7736960
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned17.6636730
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers17.6436680
Educational Services, Local government owned17.6336670
Miscellaneous Manufacturing17.6236650
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers17.6136620
State government, including schools and hospitals17.5636520
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing17.5536500
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing17.5436490
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.5136430
Miscellaneous Store Retailers17.536400
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals17.536400
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing17.536390
Support Activities for Transportation17.4836360
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)17.4836350
Repair and Maintenance17.4736340
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing17.4736330
Automobile Dealers17.4636320
Animal Food Manufacturing17.4536300
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting17.4436280
Lawn and Garden Equipment and Supplies Stores17.4336260
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation17.4236240
Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land17.4236240
Hospitals, Privately owned17.4236240
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned17.4236240
Sawmills and Wood Preservation17.4236230
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services17.4236220
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services17.4236220
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.3936170
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing17.3936160
Machine Shops17.3536090
Drycleaning and Laundry Services17.3536090
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers17.3436070
Wood Product Manufacturing17.335990
Other Wood Product Manufacturing17.2835940
Testing Laboratories17.2135800
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing17.1835730
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)17.1635680
Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair17.1435660
Printing and Related Support Activities17.1335620
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers17.1135580
Business Support Services17.1135580
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing17.135570
Specialized Design Services17.0135390
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers17.0135380
Other Textile Product Mills16.9235190
Special Food Services16.8935130
Investigation and Security Services16.8835120
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services16.7734880
Support Activities for Road Transportation16.7334790
Other General Merchandise Stores16.7234770
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors16.6934710
Social Assistance16.6534630
Automotive Repair and Maintenance16.6434610
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers16.6134540
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance16.5734470
Other Food Manufacturing16.4634240
Hardware Manufacturing16.4234160
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers16.3934090
Vocational Rehabilitation Services16.3834060
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services16.3734040
Consumer Goods Rental16.3534000
Health and Personal Care Stores16.3333970
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers16.233690
Gasoline Stations16.1933680
Apparel Manufacturing16.1533590
Beer, Wine, and Liquor Stores16.0733420
General Merchandise Stores16.0233320
Electronics and Appliance Stores15.8833030
Furniture Stores15.8633000
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers15.8632990
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores15.832870
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry15.7532770
Support Activities for Crop Production15.6932630
Other Automotive Repair and Maintenance15.5132250
Textile Product Mills15.2631740
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores15.0131220
Home Furnishings Stores1531200
Used Merchandise Stores14.7730710
Textile Furnishings Mills14.730580
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations14.6530470
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance14.4430040
Individual and Family Services13.9228960
Food Services and Drinking Places13.5128100
Pharmacies and Drug Stores13.2927650
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities11.3323560
Restaurants and Other Eating Places10.7822410

Not all industries pay the same for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A CDL Truck Driver is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like ND doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at ND may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful CDL Truck Drivers are in the states of ND, AK, DC, MA and WY. The average salary in ND is $53400.

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Rank: C
Salary: $44160

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Rank: D
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They operate railroad track switches. Couple or uncouple rolling stock to make up or break up trains. Signal engineers by hand or flagging. May inspect couplings, air hoses, journal boxes, and hand brakes.
Rank: C
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Rank: D
Salary: $53690

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