Ice road truckers, followed by oversized and Hazmat drivers make more money than any other truck driver in the industry. These jobs are extremely dangerous and require an advanced set of skills.
Generally, truck drivers that are part of a union will make more money than those who are not. As of 2014, Wal-Mart was one of the highest paying companies in the industry, with many truck drivers earning around $70,000 per year.
As of 2014, Mississippi paid its truck drivers more than any other state, with an average of $68,000 annually. Wyoming paid its drivers around $61,000 per year and New York followed closely behind with an average yearly salary of $60,000.
For the most part, the amount of money a truck driver makes depends on his or her skill level and the type of product being hauled. Often, a truck driver's salary is supplemented by benefits such as health and life insurance and other perks of the job such as paid vacations.
Although members of a union can expect semi-regular pay increases, a truck driver's salary, unlike other positions, does not go up based on the cost of living. A trucker's salary may stay the same for several years and is often based on load demands.