What is the average income for a logging truck driver?


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As of 2015, logging truck drivers have an average yearly income of $46,000 in the United States. The median income for truckers in their field, such as heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, is $38,200.

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Logging truck drivers typically earn by the hour. Rates are typically between $13.48 and $22.94 per hour, with higher rates for overtime pay. Those with salaries typically earn between $30,000 and $72,000, before taxes are factored in. They may earn up to $2,000 more with yearly bonuses.

Their income is somewhat higher than average in the field of heavy truck driving, but, unlike the typical truck driver, they are responsible for setting their routes. Logging truck drivers also must drive over winding, unpaved roads in vehicles that, when fully loaded, can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The higher income compensates somewhat for the difficulty of the work.

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