Expected Truck Driver Salary

Before starting training for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), most people want to know what the average truck driver salary is. Pay varies by location and employer, but TDI’s graduates generally earn between $40,000 and $78,000 per year.

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make?

People decide to become truck drivers for many reasons, including the freedom and independence of being on the road. But many new drivers are also looking for job security and stability and a high-paying position that can help them support themselves and their families.

Commercial truck drivers are usually paid by the mile, and TDI graduates usually make between $0.26 and $0.50/mile when starting out. That adds up when you’re driving 3,000 miles a week. Experienced truck drivers and those who work for private fleets can make even more.

And in the face of a nationwide trucker shortage, companies like Walmart are currently raising salaries for drivers and offering increased benefits to first-time drivers. The National Transportation Institute notes that this trend of higher pay is on track to continue.

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Factors That Determine a Truck Driver Salary

A truck driver salary can vary greatly by region and other factors. Here are a few of the things that can affect how much you make as a truck driver.


Since most drivers are paid by the mile, you can earn more money by taking assignments that are further away from home. While shorter assignments might be more convenient, they generally pay less.

Education and Specific Endorsements

If you have endorsements for a specialized job in addition to a CDL, you may be able to earn a higher salary as a truck driver.

Location and Employer

Like other jobs, salaries for truck drivers vary based on what part of the country you live in and who your employer is.


When you’ve been in the industry long enough, employers will trust you to do a top-notch job, and you’ll be able to earn an even higher salary as a truck driver.

Team Driving

For a higher salary, some truck drivers decide to team drive, partnering up to cover more miles per day and earn more money. Plus, team truck drivers have someone to keep them company on the road, which can make a long drive a lot easier.

A Good Truck Driver Salary Means Stability for Your Family

In addition to a great starting salary and opportunities for further growth, truck drivers also have a tremendous amount of job security.

Trucking is the most popular job in 29 states, and while other industries have suffered in recent years, jobs in truck driving have remained steady and secure. The demand for transporting freight is higher than ever.

Industry growth, coupled with an aging workforce, means that there will continue to be a need for more drivers. The American Trucking Associations estimate that in the next ten years, the industry will need to hire 1.1 million new drivers to keep up with demand and to replace retiring drivers.

Jon and Tammy Walker

Truck Driver Institute was the best choice for us. TDI allowed us to explore all carriers opportunities. The instructors were top notch, caring supportive and patient. We would recommend TDI to anyone interested in a career in the trucking industry.

Employment After TDI

No matter your background and experience, TDI can help you get a job—even with a criminal record or without a diploma. We helped people with these problems earn great pay as truck drivers in the past year:

  • Driving Record
  • Criminal Record – Misdemeanors and Felony Convictions
  • DUI
  • Bad Credit
  • No Diploma

TDI’s three-week program allows you to maximize your earning potential in a high-demand, job-secure industry.

If you have any questions about CDL training at TDI or want to sign up, give us a call and we can get you enrolled in classes at one of our 11 convenient locations across the country. You’ll be on the road in no time!

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