Average Earnings for Professional Truck Drivers

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Due to the demand for professional truck drivers, trucking jobs pay well. Many trucking companies offer benefits and bonuses to eligible drivers on top of salaries.

In order to get hired, most if not all trucking applicants will need to have attended CDL schools or received CDL training at some point. CDL, or commercial driver's license, is the main requirement for a trucker. There are many CDL schools that provide complete CDL training services. This training consists of learning how to drive the truck itself, compliance with regulations, and equipment inspection/maintenance. Once training is complete, new drivers are eligible for employment.

Compensation by trucking companies is a combination of per mile pay and bonuses. Bonuses may based on safe miles driven, fuel savings, on-time deliveries, how long a driver has been driving, or other factors the company deems important.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, driver earnings for Class A CDL Drivers ranged from $11.63 to $27.07 per hour. Most drivers earned from $15.00 to $22.00 per hour. Owner operators that run their own rigs can potentially earn more. Typically, driver earnings go up based on experience and the ability of the individual drivers to manage their time and routes effectively.


Many truck drivers are also members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a workers' union. In 2008, about 16 percent of truck drivers and driver/sales workers were union members or covered by union contracts.

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