Truck Driver Pay
The current truck driver shortage means opportunities for professional truck drivers to make more money! Many factors contribute to a driver’s salary (things like the type of driving, bonuses, and mileage) so determining driver pay isn’t a “one size fits all” situation. To learn more about how driver pay is determined, see How Much Do Truck Drivers Make.
Great pay isn’t the only reason you should consider becoming a professional truck driver. The relatively easy-to-earn Class A CDL license, the incredible opportunities for travel, and the high demand for drivers are just a few more!
Truck Driving Career Benefits
If you’re interested in a career in the Professional Truck Driving Industry, and you’ve met all CDL training requirements, congratulations! You’re considering entering a growing profession with some incredible benefits:
- Starting pay up to $45,000/yr – First year drivers average up to $850 per week.* Considering that you could earn your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in as little as 3-4 weeks, the decision seems pretty simple!
- Job Security – Truck driver jobs can’t be outsourced. Truck drivers are responsible for dispersing America’s goods and necessities across the states, and are needed throughout the nation. The ATA estimates a shortage of nearly 48,000 truck drivers, and the demand is expected to continue rising throughout the decade.
- Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance – A position as a truck driver comes with many benefits that may be specific to each carrier. Medical and dental insurance are common perks in the truck driving industry.
- 401k Retirement Savings Plan – Earn money for retirement as you navigate the highway!
- Life Insurance – Enjoy competitive options for life insurance depending on your carrier of choice!
- Paid Vacation and Sick Time – Professional truck drivers need vacation time to unwind from work and sick time to recover from illnesses. The amount of paid time off a driver receives depends on the carrier’s offerings, and carriers are competing to have you on their team!
- Flexible Schedule – The type of license you earn (Class A CDL or Class B CDL) and whether you choose a position with local or long distance runs are factors affecting schedule. Luckily, you can control what professional direction to take by being able to choose your carrier!
- Changing Scenery – See the country while getting paid! Professional Truck Drivers call the open road their place of business and are able to see sights that many are not. Travel coast-to-coast and peak-to-peak! See all the wonderful scenery America has to offer!
- Take Your Pet With You on The Road! – If leaving your pet at home during runs isn’t an option, consider taking them on your trips! Certain carriers allow truck drivers to bring their pets as travel buddies.
- Team Driving – This allows couples and friends to drive in shifts and earn more money. With a partner, you can accept longer drives and more hours since switching spots is all it takes to keep on trucking!
*wage info supplied by Werner Enterprises
† The US Truck Driver Shortage Analysis and Forecasts, Global Insite May 2005.
+According Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics May 2007.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition.
*The US Truck Driver Shortage Analysis and Forecasts, Global Insite May 2005
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