According to the job website Simply Hired, the average starting salary for a truck driver is $34,000 per year as of 2013. Average salaries for beginning truck drivers vary significantly by state and region.
Some of the highest paying areas for entry-level truck drivers include Washington, D.C., at an average of $54,000 per year, Massachusetts, at an average of $41,000 per year, Alaska and California, at an average of $38,000 per year and Illinois and Minnesota, at an average of $36,000 per year. All truck drivers are required to have either a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver's license. Those driving heavy trucks or tractor-trailer trucks are also required to have a Commercial Driver's License, or CDL.