Trucks are the backbone of the country because they transport goods from coast to coast for retailers to sell in their stores. Those goods include food, clothing, toys, technology, and much more. Driving a truck can be a very lucrative job for the right person. Most of these jobs are paid per mile driven and depending on the company, you could receive an excellent benefits package.
For most truck driving jobs, anything position that pays less than .40 cents per mile is considered a below-average paying job. This means that you will make roughly less than $40,000 per year driving a truck.
The average pay for a truck driver should fall into the range of .40-.45 cents per mile. This equates to $50,000-$60,000 per year depending on the amount of miles you drive. Obviously, mileage is a major factor in trucking, so be sure you try to find a job that will have you on the road often.
Above Average Pay
Most above average pay jobs for truckers lands at .50 cents or more per mile driven. This equates to more than $60,000 per year depending on the amount of miles driven.
Despite all of these numbers, if you have OTR experience, you should be able to find a trucking job that pays in the average to above average range. Also, jobs that require you to drive a flat-bed truck, heavy-haul drivers, and step-deck positions can pay significantly more than a regular truck driving job.
If you want to work as an owner-operator trucker, you could make more than $100,000 per year if you have the experience working as a truck driver.