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  • Writer's pictureBetter Truck Drivers for America


Looking to get your Class A CDL and become a trucker? Looking to make a 6 figure income? The biggest question is, can I make enough to provide for my family and more importantly, is it worth it.

The salary of a truck driver is dependent on various factors such as where they are based, the distance traveled, the size of the vehicle, the hiring company size, seniority, driver qualifications, working conditions, pay structure etc. This comprehensive guide analyzes what you can make as truck driver in North America and how you can increase your income.

Although you might not be able to make $100,000/year off the bat, but given the truck driver demand, and with experience, specialization, CDL training and the right company, you can make $80,000+ on a trucker salary.

Income Potential

Truck driver salary varies from different factors: truck drivers’ experience, reputation, knowledge and much more. In 2019 according to Bureau of Labor, the average salary for truck drivers is $46,680. However, that doesn’t take into account drivers who might not work full-time or compare the differences between independent drivers and company drivers. Therefore, the scale can generally range as low as $32,160 annual income all the way to as high as $66,260, according to BLS.

Average Salary

  • Class A: $49,000

  • CDL Driver: $46,000

  • Truck Driver Run OTR: $62,000

  • OTR CDL Truck Driver: $57,500

  • Dump Truck Driver: $39,000

  • CDL Truck Driver: $51,500

  • Tank Truck Driver: $59,500

  • Bulk Truck Driver: $52,000

  • Semi-Truck Driver: $49,000

  • Tow Truck Driver: $35,000

  • Commercial Truck Driver: $50,000

  • Route Truck Driver: $37,500

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