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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,510
25th Percentile Wage
$34,210
50th Percentile Wage
$42,480
75th Percentile Wage
$53,030
90th Percentile Wage
$64,000

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 $64,000. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,510. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 132% 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 heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$42,480
2.68% 10.08%
2016
$41,340
2.61% -
2015
$40,260
1.84% -
2014
$39,520
2.07% -
2013
$38,700
1.29% -
2012
$38,200
- -

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 $55,980. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $26,550).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$55,980
Utilities
$44,670
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,450
Transportation and Warehousing
$44,120
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,630
Mining
$42,260
Wholesale Trade
$41,540
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,350
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$40,730
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,410
Construction
$40,320
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,220
Manufacturing
$39,990
Retail Trade
$39,390
Finance and Insurance
$37,720
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,860
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,800
Health Care and Social Assistance
$35,020
Educational Services
$34,040
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,550

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 $18,470 to $54,270. The highest paying state for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $54,270. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,470. 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
$54,270
North Dakota
$51,850
District of Columbia
$49,340
Nevada
$49,270
Massachusetts
$49,050
Wyoming
$48,250
Connecticut
$47,280
New Jersey
$47,110
Illinois
$47,040
Hawaii
$46,880
Rhode Island
$46,260
Maryland
$45,590
New York
$45,540
Washington
$45,530
Colorado
$45,370
Minnesota
$45,180
Pennsylvania
$44,800
Indiana
$44,570
Utah
$44,430
Oregon
$44,400
California
$43,970
New Hampshire
$43,450
Montana
$43,400
Missouri
$42,350
Arizona
$42,320
Vermont
$42,040
Wisconsin
$41,900
Ohio
$41,790
Georgia
$41,770
Oklahoma
$41,370
Kentucky
$41,330
Delaware
$41,150
Kansas
$41,130
North Carolina
$41,070
New Mexico
$40,780
Nebraska
$40,610
Texas
$40,360
Virginia
$40,350
Iowa
$40,280
Michigan
$40,020
South Carolina
$39,850
Louisiana
$39,800
Idaho
$39,680
Tennessee
$39,640
South Dakota
$38,550
Alabama
$38,390
Florida
$38,240
Maine
$38,060
Mississippi
$38,060
Arkansas
$37,930
West Virginia
$36,840
Virgin Islands
$33,480
Guam
$28,470
Puerto Rico
$18,470



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