How Much Money Do Truckers Make

First question that many have is, "How much money do truckers make?" It's a simple question with a complex answer. There are many variables that will determine a trucker's salary. Here are some...


  • Type of equipment used
  • What the trucking company hauls
  • Where the company runs
  • How the company is set up
  • How much experience the driver has

New driver $20,000 - $40,000

There isn't many jobs that you can get into with so little training and no experience that will pay as much as a professional truck driver.

However, please be advised...

The trucker salaries that you see listed in newspapers and other advertisements are usually averages of all drivers. This means many are making much more and many are making much lower than what you see advertised. (Which is often listed at around $40,000)

Pay for a new truck driver naturally is at the bottom of the pay scale. This is much lower than what most people expect when they are considering becoming a truck driver.

New Company Driver Pay Average

A new company driver in 2013 will make anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 as a big truck driver. That makes the average newbie making about $30,000 per year.  

A driver with one year driving experience can expect to make between $40,000 and $50,000.  Why such a spread you might ask?  See the bullet points at the top. 

For more information about company truck driver including details about how much a company driver makes visit Company Drivers

Owner Operator Pay Potentials

An Owner Operator average earnings can range anywhere from $35,000 to $75,000 after taxes. Even more in a specialize hauling niche.  For example...

Movers and heavy haulers can make as much as quarter of a million dollars before taxes which is well over $100,000 per year take home with a proper records and good accountant.

But there is a lot you need to know about becoming an owner operator.  Bottom line, it is a business.

For more information about owner operators including how much money an owner operator makes visit Owner Operators page

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