Thinking of becoming a professional truck driver and want to make sure you can support yourself and your family on the income? What you earn as a truck driver depends upon many different factors including experience, specialization, the CDL training you receive, the carrier you end up working for and the demand for drivers.
Trucker compensation has been going up 8% to 12% a year in recent years, which is significantly higher than wages for the rest of Americans, which don’t have much movement. Below is an average overview of hourly wage and annual salary of Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers as of 2018 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2018, Truck Drivers made an average hourly wage of $21.00.
In 2018, Truck Drivers made an average annual salary of $43,680.
Truck Driver salaries are seeing unprecedented jumps due to a driver shortage that is effecting the entire transportation industry. In the next 10 years the industry is going to need around 900,000 drivers to replace current drivers leaving the industry, mostly through retirement.
If you are considering attending a Class A CDL Training course, now is a great time to do so. More companies are hiring than ever before and with our job placement assistance, we regularly have trucking companies coming to our truck driving school campuses with job opportunities upon graduation.
In 2018, there were over 1.95 million truck drivers in the United States.
By 2028, job growth in the trucking industry is expected to increase by 5%