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Driver/Sales Worker and Truck Driver Salary Information

The salary statistics of driver/sales workers and truck drivers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of driver/sales workers and truck drivers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of driver/sales workers and truck drivers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The driver/sales workers and truck drivers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Driver/Sales Worker and Truck Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,270
25th Percentile Wage
$27,470
50th Percentile Wage
$37,610
75th Percentile Wage
$49,520
90th Percentile Wage
$62,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for driver/sales workers and truck drivers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) driver/sales workers and truck drivers is $62,380. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,270. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 207% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of driver/sales workers and truck drivers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$37,610
2.50% 8.14%
2016
$36,670
2.24% -
2015
$35,850
1.45% -
2014
$35,330
1.59% -
2013
$34,770
0.63% -
2012
$34,550
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Table 2. Driver/Sales Worker and Truck Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of driver/sales workers and truck drivers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for driver/sales workers and truck drivers occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $44,210. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $20,180).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$44,210
Utilities
$42,210
Mining
$42,110
Construction
$39,580
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,070
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$38,700
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,210
Manufacturing
$37,790
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$37,130
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,600
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,410
Wholesale Trade
$36,280
Educational Services
$34,690
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$32,770
Finance and Insurance
$32,690
Information
$32,610
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,390
Health Care and Social Assistance
$27,300
Retail Trade
$26,680
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,180



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