Truck Driver Salaries Today
Trucking is the perfect chance to climb from your current situation, whether unemployed or underemployed and longing for more, to a standard they can truly be proud to call their own as they are enabled to support themselves and their families.
So what is the average salary of a truck driver?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck driver salaries are at a median of $40,000 during the first year of employment. This is without consideration of overtime that would be made available by an employer. One of the greatest things about the trucking industry is that you can really determine how much you’d like to make, given your willingness to travel further and work a few extra hours. Here are some factors that will help you determine your own salary:
There are a variety of incentives and perks within a career in trucking and one of the most sought-after sources of income are the bonuses. You can earn extra money for signing on with a specific carrier, reaching a certain number of miles driven and/or referring other drivers…and more!
The more you drive, the more money you make- pretty simple. Most drivers are paid by the mile rather than hourly or yearly and can become eligible for bonuses by hitting mileage milestones.
As you gain experience and build your reputation in the industry as a dependable and safe driver, carriers will be willing to pay you more for your time and effort. You’ll be able to negotiate a better per-mile pay rate for yourself and usually, better benefits as well.
Type of Driving/Carrier
There are different types of routes and cargo in trucking that will also determine your rate of pay. There is team, dedicated and specialized hauling to choose from- this is inclusive of driving a flatbed vehicle, a refrigerated or hazmat vehicle, etc.
The possibilities to earn a substantial income in the trucking industry is evident. In addition to the opportunities, the time it takes to earn your CDL and begin earning can be anywhere from 5 to 10 weeks depending on your availability to train. The trucking industry is one of the quickest programs to a secure and family sustaining career.
If you’ve been contemplating a career in trucking and weren’t educated about the different career opportunities that are made available to you once you have your CDL, then give us a call at 1-800-622-0355 and let us help you make that turn down the road to success!
Graduated Feb. 2014, from the Lakewood, NJ campus. Went to Schneider, drove for a year and became a Training Engineer, did that for 3 months, then became an Instructor. Now, a year and 6 months later, I am the Southeast Regional Training Advisor, relocated to Charlotte, N.C.- Shawn Targett