As of April 2015, Saia paid its trucker drivers the highest salaries, with UPS in second place, according to Glass Door. Old Dominion Freight Line, YRC Worldwide, R & L Carriers, Ruan Transportation and Vitran are among the highest paying companies, as are Crate Carrier, Heartland Express and Averitt Express.Continue Reading
There are other factors that influence salary other than the company. An over-the-road driver is paid more than other types of drivers because of the type of travel, the number of hours and the necessary knowledge of state driving laws. Specialty drivers, such as drivers who haul oversized, specialty or hazardous loads, often earn higher salaries. Ice-road truckers earn the most of the specialty groups because of the job’s danger and required skills. The state in which the driver is employed also influences salary. As of 2011, Mississippi is the top state in terms of salary, with Hawaii being the lowest.
In 2013, the average tractor-trailer driver made $42,000 per year, while light truck and delivery drivers made $35,000. Self-employed contract drivers that haul freight across the country can earn as much as $150,000 annually after the cost of gas and maintenance. This type of driver is usually on the road, living in the truck cab, for most of the year.
As of 2015, there is a shortage of 200,000 truck drivers to fill the available jobs, with a forecast of the shortage rising to 300,000 for 2020. Companies needing to fill open positions may offer financial assistance with training tuition or reimbursement for student loans. Some companies are directly training driver recruits.Learn more about Salaries