How much does a truck driver make? A truck driver earns an average to good salary for their druck driving services. Truck drivers drive vehicles that pick up or deliver products to individuals or businesses. Products sold in the United States typically spend time being transported by a truck. Trains, planes and ships transport goods, but no other transportation system has the same flexibility level as a truck. Trucks transport everything from food items to clothing to automobiles.
Types Of Truck Drivers
Truck drivers may pick up and deliver freight from one place to another, such as a manufacturer to a distribution center, picked up from a distribution center to deliver to a customer, or pick up and delivery between distribution centers.
Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers operate trucks or vans that move large amounts of products, with a minimum of 26,001 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW). The majority of these truck drivers are over-the-road or long-haul drivers, delivering products over intercity routes spanning several States.
Long-haul drivers generally schedule their own routes. Most often long-haul drivers are given a delivery location and deadline, from there the drivers drive the shipment to its destination on time. Companies at times use two drivers for long runs to minimize downtime.
Light or delivery services truck drivers, aka pick-up and delivery or P&D drivers deliver goods within a small region or urban area. Generally these truck drivers carry shipments from distribution centers to homes or businesses.
Specialized truck drivers work with unusual loads, such as oversized loads, cars, dangerous chemicals or hazardous materials, following strict procedures to deliver their loads safely.
Truck drivers must have a commercial driver's license to qualify for most truck driving jobs. Job opportunities are favorable, particularly for long-haul drivers. The job employment rate of truck drivers and driver/sales workers should grow 9 percent over the 2008-20018 decade, as fast as the average for all occupations.
Truck Drivers Hourly and Annual Wages
With the variety of truck driving jobs, we will use a comparison of drivers delivering locally, called pick-up and delivery (grocery items, restaurants supplies, etc.) vs long haul drivers delivering goods long distance (drivers schedule delivery location and deadline).
How much does a truck driver make per hour?
A May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the median hourly wages for pick-up and delivery truck drivers $12.83.
Driver Services Industry And Hourly Wages
Limited-Service Eating Places $8.93
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers $15.64
Full-Service Restaurants $8.71
Direct Selling Establishments $15.91
Drycleaning and Laundry Services $16.67
Long Haul Truck Drivers Hourly Wages
According to Payscale.com, long haul truck drivers median wages generally start at $15.00 per hour with less than one year's experience, while truck drivers with experience of twenty years or more make upwards of $21.00 per hour.
How much does a truck driver make per year?
The median yearly salary for pick-up and delivery truck drivers according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $26,690.
Industry And Annual Wages
Limited-Service Eating Places $18,580
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers $32,520
Full-Service Restaurants $18,110
Direct Selling Establishments $33,100
Drycleaning and Laundry Services $34,670
Long Haul Truck Drivers Annual Wages
According to Payscale.com, long haul truck drivers median for driver who owns their own truck is $66,000. Owner operator trucking jobs generally pay more than being a truck driver for another company.