Truck Drivers

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Truck Drivers

Training and Education

If you want to pursue this career you will benefit from having moderate-term on-the-job training. The percentage of employees with a 4 year degree is 4%. According to 2008 data 25% of truck drivers have attended college but do not have a degree. Among workers 71% have a high-school diploma but no college education.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

7% of employees work on a part-time basis. 9% of the time people working as truck drivers are their own boss.


Area Job Conditions

Jobs for this occupation are most common in Joplin (Missouri) Fayetteville (Arkansas) and Laredo (Texas) but are rarer in Bethesda (Maryland) Boulder (Colorado) and Santa Fe (New Mexico).

Truck drivers are paid comparatively more in Fairbanks (Alaska) Trenton (New Jersey) and Nassau (New York) and comparatively less in Wheeling (West Virginia) Hot Springs (Arkansas) and Warner Robins (Georgia).


Video Overview

Shows a quick introduction into a truck driving career. Created for the US Dept. of Labor.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$50720$34K – $69K17501.01%
AKFairbanks$51520$40K – $70K6601.83%
ALAnniston – Oxford$35030$23K – $49K5601.27%
ALAuburn – Opelika$31810$22K – $47K6201.28%
ALBirmingham – Hoover$40340$26K – $62K78101.61%
ALDecatur$35970$25K – $52K11702.22%
ALDothan$33810$18K – $60K10401.86%
ALFlorence – Muscle Shoals$31360$22K – $48K4900.95%
ALGadsden$30480$18K – $46K4901.44%
ALHuntsville$34610$23K – $55K13000.64%
ALMobile$33300$25K – $55K28401.69%
ALMontgomery$36290$25K – $70K18001.14%
ALTuscaloosa$29860$22K – $55K12901.44%
ARFayetteville – Springdale – Rogers$29840$25K – $56K89404.40%
ARFort Smith$44510$31K – $72K49704.40%
ARHot Springs$25730$18K – $38K2000.57%
ARJonesboro$30870$21K – $52K9401.92%
ARLittle Rock – North Little Rock – Conway$37390$26K – $52K56601.70%
ARPine Bluff$30690$23K – $50K3300.95%
AZFlagstaff$38800$25K – $57K4500.82%
AZLake Havasu City $ Kingman$42050$32K – $56K6101.39%
AZPhoenix – Mesa – Glendale$42430$30K – $60K180001.04%
AZPrescott$40920$28K – $49K5200.98%
AZTucson$41190$28K – $48K25000.72%
AZYuma$34540$22K – $46K4700.85%
CABakersfield – Delano$38480$27K – $55K42401.55%
CAChico$40880$25K – $66K4200.62%
CAEl Centro$28780$23K – $46K6801.32%
CAFresno$35930$26K – $49K47501.51%
CAHanford – Corcoran$35880$26K – $46K4501.21%
CALos Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area)$40330$27K – $60K312500.81%
CAMadera – Chowchilla$41210$24K – $56K3300.85%
CAMerced$32190$25K – $66K11001.83%
CAModesto$37000$26K – $63K35102.29%
CANapa$43180$32K – $63K4200.66%
CAOakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area)$42760$30K – $61K65100.67%
CAOxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura$47890$33K – $60K18700.65%
CARedding$39410$26K – $47K12602.19%
CARiverside – San Bernardino – Ontario$41330$31K – $67K222801.92%
CASacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville$40940$27K – $57K63500.78%
CASalinas$36910$23K – $50K13600.87%
CASan Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos$41040$22K – $57K55200.44%
CASan Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area)$47030$29K – $64K33900.34%
CASan Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara$44030$27K – $62K37400.42%
CASan Luis Obispo – Paso Robles$42260$30K – $54K5200.52%
CASanta Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area)$43220$27K – $70K57400.41%
CASanta Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta$40530$28K – $54K10200.61%
CASanta Cruz – Watsonville$43920$30K – $60K5900.71%
CASanta Rosa – Petaluma$45680$30K – $60K16600.96%
CAStockton$41270$31K – $50K57702.96%
CAVallejo – Fairfield$43410$29K – $56K13101.08%
CAVisalia – Porterville$35870$20K – $57K23201.77%
CAYuba City$38500$27K – $50K4101.13%
COBoulder$39620$27K – $52K3800.24%
COColorado Springs$36350$27K – $48K12800.53%
CODenver – Aurora – Broomfield$41390$27K – $61K124901.01%
COFort Collins – Loveland$39680$29K – $49K8500.64%
COGrand Junction$43720$26K – $58K11401.96%
COGreeley$38150$30K – $57K25003.11%
COPueblo$33350$25K – $129K3100.57%
CTBridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk$45890$27K – $74K18400.44%
CTDanbury$40880$28K – $55K3000.45%
CTHartford – West Hartford – East Hartford$42280$32K – $60K39500.71%
CTNew Haven$41550$28K – $58K26600.98%
CTNorwich – New London$39250$25K – $57K7900.61%
CTWaterbury$42480$32K – $67K4200.67%
DCWashington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area)$40010$31K – $56K102200.44%
DEDover$37070$31K – $52K4100.70%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$44160$32K – $67K24900.77%
FLCape Coral – Fort Myers$34050$26K – $43K17100.84%
FLCrestview – Fort Walton Beach – Destin$23980$18K – $36K2600.36%
FLDeltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach$30780$21K – $46K8200.54%
FLFort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$36160$24K – $51K36400.51%
FLGainesville$28530$20K – $39K4800.41%
FLJacksonville$35510$22K – $62K88201.52%
FLLakeland – Winter Haven$33640$25K – $50K53002.79%
FLMiami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area)$36980$24K – $54K79600.80%
FLNaples – Marco Island$31850$20K – $45K5300.46%
FLNorth Port – Bradenton – Sarasota$36030$25K – $57K18400.77%
FLOcala$29740$21K – $46K16001.80%
FLOrlando – Kissimmee – Sanford$33710$19K – $55K89900.89%
FLPalm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville$33090$21K – $60K8700.45%
FLPalm Coast$26790$21K – $35K1100.60%
FLPanama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach$28650$19K – $47K5800.84%
FLPensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent$32000$24K – $48K11900.79%
FLPort St. Lucie$36210$22K – $48K10700.88%
FLPunta Gorda$33550$26K – $43K2600.66%
FLSebastian – Vero Beach$29300$21K – $44K1800.39%
FLTallahassee$30730$23K – $44K10500.67%
FLTampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater$36200$25K – $55K89700.80%
FLWest Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$34890$23K – $58K31300.62%
GAAlbany$29830$22K – $47K10001.69%
GAAthens – Clarke County$30640$23K – $68K6400.83%
GAAtlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta$41260$26K – $60K267801.18%
GAAugusta – Richmond County$37070$25K – $57K20201.00%
GABrunswick$46300$27K – $72K3901.04%
GAColumbus$27710$18K – $45K6000.55%
GADalton$35130$25K – $49K16202.59%
GAGainesville$40980$27K – $60K10201.43%
GAHinesville – Fort Stewart$29330$23K – $56K1100.63%
GAMacon$32010$21K – $44K9701.03%
GARome$27560$22K – $51K3300.93%
GASavannah$34660$25K – $49K18201.23%
GAValdosta$41490$25K – $59K8601.73%
GAWarner Robins$24760$21K – $45K2600.46%
HIHonolulu$41740$32K – $66K22900.53%
IAAmes$37140$27K – $83K2500.63%
IACedar Rapids$35890$29K – $54K65304.72%
IADavenport – Moline – Rock Island$38430$25K – $51K26501.49%
IADes Moines – West Des Moines$43940$28K – $59K54701.69%
IADubuque$38920$26K – $64K12002.13%
IAIowa City$44590$38K – $60KN/AN/A
IASioux City$37550$27K – $48K18002.58%
IAWaterloo – Cedar Falls$34670$24K – $53K16101.82%
IDBoise City – Nampa$37630$23K – $53K35201.35%
IDCoeur d’Alene ID$40360$27K – $55K4400.85%
IDIdaho Falls$35000$25K – $53K13302.73%
IDLewiston$41030$25K – $49K4702.01%
IDPocatello$28910$21K – $41K4401.34%
ILBloomington – Normal$32370$21K – $50K9901.14%
ILChampaign – Urbana$36100$26K – $51K7600.81%
ILChicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area)$47680$31K – $74K348100.96%
ILDanville$46100$29K – $88K5502.05%
ILDecatur$52620$32K – $62K8901.78%
ILKankakee – Bradley$47310$28K – $59K7601.91%
ILLake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area)$39060$26K – $60K22800.61%
ILPeoria$35360$26K – $53K27301.52%
ILRockford$39720$27K – $66K14301.02%
ILSpringfield$34720$23K – $53K7500.70%
INAnderson$38830$28K – $75K10302.68%
INBloomington$35810$28K – $54K6400.87%
INColumbus$27320$20K – $55K9001.98%
INElkhart – Goshen$35240$26K – $59K14101.30%
INEvansville$34170$23K – $57K35601.79%
INGary (Metro Area)$43300$26K – $64K51001.93%
INIndianapolis – Carmel$38600$25K – $59K144401.62%
INKokomo$37610$28K – $60K3400.85%
INLafayette$37970$27K – $67K13101.51%
INMichigan City – La Porte$43690$29K – $61K6301.54%
INMuncie$39060$18K – $58K4000.90%
INSouth Bend – Mishawaka$45400$33K – $58K15701.26%
INTerre Haute$36640$21K – $52K10601.60%
KSLawrence$36000$18K – $56K1800.40%
KSManhattan$38210$26K – $55K3900.78%
KSTopeka$32910$21K – $49K12601.18%
KSWichita$34180$25K – $56K31401.12%
KYBowling Green$32360$24K – $51K6501.13%
KYElizabethtown$32700$22K – $47K6501.41%
KYLexington – Fayette$32200$22K – $62K30001.22%

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