A PayScale.com survey of employees working in the trucking industry updated on October 25, 2015, shows the median salary for heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers runs $47,019 annually. Salaries for fleet dispatchers sit at $42,267, while operations and terminal managers earn $59,616 and $67,601, respectively.
A wide range of salaries exists throughout the trucking industry due to the difference in incomes reported by independent operators in relation to employees who work for major trucking lines and retailers. Wal-Mart tops the list of well-paying employers, with average salaries for drivers coming in at $71,500.
Data compiled from Indeed.com shows that LTL, or less-than-truckload, drivers top the salary list with average yearly income running at $84,000. Boat haulers, vocational drivers and dry van drivers sit at the bottom of the list, with respective salaries of $34,000, $35,000 and $44,000 per year.