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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$59,980
75th Percentile Wage
$46,640
50th Percentile Wage
$35,330
25th Percentile Wage
$25,760
10th Percentile Wage
$19,170

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 $59,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,170. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 212% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$35,330
Driver/Sales Workers
$22,250
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$39,520
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$29,570
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$23,210
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$28,910
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$24,080

Table 3. 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 3. 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 $41,220. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $18,740).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,220
Utilities
$40,710
Mining
$39,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,500
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,020
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,900
Construction
$36,700
Manufacturing
$35,340
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,240
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$34,420
Wholesale Trade
$33,630
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$33,590
Educational Services
$33,570
Finance and Insurance
$32,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$31,160
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,110
Information
$26,680
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,050
Retail Trade
$25,200
Accommodation and Food Services
$18,740

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