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Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Salary Information

The salary statistics of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The heavy and tractor-trailer 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. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,920
25th Percentile Wage
$33,470
50th Percentile Wage
$41,340
75th Percentile Wage
$51,760
90th Percentile Wage
$63,140

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is $63,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,920. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 134% 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 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,3402.61%7.60%
201540,2601.84%-
201439,5202.07%-
201338,7001.29%-
201238,200--

Table 2. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of heavy and tractor-trailer 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 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $54,480. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $19,920).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$54,480
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$48,870
Utilities
$45,690
Transportation and Warehousing
$43,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,320
Mining
$41,500
Wholesale Trade
$40,330
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,150
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$39,830
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,800
Construction
$39,270
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,110
Manufacturing
$38,800
Retail Trade
$38,340
Finance and Insurance
$36,560
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,410
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,580
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,170
Educational Services
$33,580
Accommodation and Food Services
$19,920

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers by States

From the above tables we note that not only heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,360 to $51,780. The highest paying state for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $51,780. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,360. For more salary information of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$51,780
North Dakota
$50,510
Nevada
$48,990
District of Columbia
$48,610
Massachusetts
$48,050
Wyoming
$47,590
New Jersey
$46,830
Connecticut
$46,460
Colorado
$45,580
Illinois
$45,470
New York
$45,340
Hawaii
$44,510
Washington
$44,490
Maryland
$44,100
Rhode Island
$44,040
Indiana
$43,490
Pennsylvania
$43,470
California
$43,280
Oregon
$43,210
Minnesota
$43,090
Montana
$43,030
Utah
$42,920
New Hampshire
$41,750
Ohio
$41,740
Missouri
$41,090
Wisconsin
$40,550
Vermont
$40,400
Kansas
$40,370
Kentucky
$40,270
Georgia
$40,150
Oklahoma
$40,090
Iowa
$39,740
Arizona
$39,680
Michigan
$39,660
New Mexico
$39,570
Delaware
$39,440
Tennessee
$39,430
North Carolina
$39,410
Nebraska
$39,310
Texas
$39,230
Virginia
$39,150
Louisiana
$38,920
South Carolina
$38,340
Idaho
$38,130
Mississippi
$38,090
South Dakota
$37,840
Maine
$37,630
Alabama
$37,460
Arkansas
$37,220
Florida
$37,160
West Virginia
$36,030
Virgin Islands
$32,260
Guam
$28,900
Puerto Rico
$18,360


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