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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$61,150
75th Percentile Wage
$49,410
50th Percentile Wage
$39,520
25th Percentile Wage
$32,000
10th Percentile Wage
$25,740

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 $61,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,740. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 137% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $39,520 2.12%
2013 $38,700 1.31%
2012 $38,200 0.71%
2011 $37,930 0.42%
2010 $37,770 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 4.63%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.31%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.71% in 2012 and a very small growth of 0.42% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
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
Bus Drivers
$30,220
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$37,470

Table 4. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. 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 arts, entertainment, and recreation sector with an annual salary $50,160. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $33,250).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,160
Information
$48,680
Utilities
$44,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$41,360
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,110
Mining
$39,590
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$39,490
Finance and Insurance
$39,480
Wholesale Trade
$38,950
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$38,130
Manufacturing
$37,520
Construction
$37,330
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,290
Educational Services
$37,100
Retail Trade
$35,650
Health Care and Social Assistance
$34,780
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$34,560
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,250

Table 5. 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 $18,230 to $52,290. The highest paying state for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $52,290. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,230. 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
$52,290
District of Columbia
$48,250
North Dakota
$47,010
Nevada
$46,410
Wyoming
$46,300
Massachusetts
$45,520
Connecticut
$45,310
New Jersey
$45,250
New York
$43,360
Colorado
$43,120
Hawaii
$43,040
Illinois
$42,380
Washington
$42,260
Utah
$41,860
Nebraska
$41,720
Montana
$41,440
Minnesota
$41,410
Maryland
$41,400
California
$41,390
Pennsylvania
$41,360
Delaware
$41,110
Iowa
$40,830
Missouri
$39,910
Ohio
$39,860
Indiana
$39,380
Georgia
$39,270
Rhode Island
$39,180
Wisconsin
$39,040
Vermont
$38,960
Kansas
$38,750
New Hampshire
$38,750
Tennessee
$38,680
Arizona
$38,650
Oregon
$38,650
South Carolina
$38,640
New Mexico
$38,370
Kentucky
$38,010
Oklahoma
$37,930
Alabama
$37,630
Virginia
$37,630
Michigan
$37,540
Texas
$37,380
North Carolina
$37,060
Louisiana
$36,780
Mississippi
$36,740
South Dakota
$36,570
Idaho
$35,920
Maine
$35,700
West Virginia
$35,100
Florida
$34,770
Arkansas
$33,250
Virgin Islands
$30,460
Guam
$28,870
Puerto Rico
$18,230