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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,770
25th Percentile Wage
$26,680
50th Percentile Wage
$36,670
75th Percentile Wage
$48,490
90th Percentile Wage
$61,600

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 $61,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,770. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 211% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of driver/sales workers and truck drivers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,6702.24%5.78%
201535,8501.45%-
201435,3301.59%-
201334,7700.63%-
201234,550--

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 utilities sector with an annual salary $44,770. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $19,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$44,770
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,930
Mining
$41,290
Construction
$38,610
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,410
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,190
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$37,760
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,950
Manufacturing
$36,770
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$35,790
Wholesale Trade
$35,400
Educational Services
$34,370
Finance and Insurance
$32,480
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$32,260
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$31,430
Information
$30,100
Health Care and Social Assistance
$26,930
Retail Trade
$25,850
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,410


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