As of 2012, the median pay for heavy and tractor-truck trailers, a division that includes rock-truck operators, was $38,200 per year, or $18.37 per hour, and employment prospects for the job are expected to increase by 11 percent from 2012 to 2022. This is according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The median wage includes industries that may or may not require rock-truck operations, such as general freight trucking and merchant freight haulers. According to the OOH, the lowest-paid 10 percent of operators earned less than $25,110 per year, while the top 10 percent of earners were paid more than $58,910. Drivers often receive pay based on a per-mile basis and may earn bonuses. Some haulers have owner-operator agreements that include revenue sharing.
The growth of 11 percent is anticipated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics due to an expected increase in the demand for drivers as consumption increases and the economy grows. The figure of 11 percent is about the average for all occupations across America, and there is some concern that shippers may move to rail to help combat rising gas prices. This is expected to not have a major effect on the market overall, however, as trucks are still needed for deliveries over shorter distances.