How Much Do Truck Driver Dispatchers Make?

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Truck driver dispatchers use devices to communicate with drivers who are out on scheduled routes. Dispatchers may monitor the progress of deliveries, notify drivers of changes to original routes or assist drivers with problems or questions. How much a truck driver dispatcher makes varies based upon the type of trucking in which she works.

Overall

Across the entire trucking industry, truck driver dispatchers made an average of $19.00 per hour as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those who worked full-time, 40-hour work weeks received an average of $39,510 per year. Wages for truck driver dispatchers were 6 percent more than the mean rate of pay for dispatchers in all industries outside of emergency services, which was $18.00 per hour or $37,430 per year.

General Freight Trucking

General freight trucking is the unit of the trucking industry that includes all standard box trucks and tractor trailers. Dispatchers for drivers in the general freight trucking industry made an average of $18.91 per hour or $39,330 per year as of May 2010, explains the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries in the field were just $180 less per year than the mean rate of pay for dispatchers across the trucking industry. Approximately 73 percent of all truck driver dispatchers worked in general freight trucking.

Specialized Freight Trucking

Specialized freight trucking is the unit of the trucking industry that involves the use of vehicles other than box trucks or tractor trailers. Among the vehicles included in the sector are trucks that hall automobiles and livestock, garbage and recyclable trucks and tanker trucks. Dispatchers for drivers in the specialized freight trucking industry earned an average of $19.22 per hour or $39,980 per year as of May 2010, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries in the sector exceeded the average across the trucking industry by 1 percent.

Comparison to Other Industries

Dispatchers throughout the trucking industry earned 7 percent more than the mean rate of pay for all dispatchers for police, fire and ambulance services, which was $17.74 per hour or $36,900 per year as of May 2010, estimates the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Trucking dispatchers received nearly 50 percent more than the average wages of $12.68 per hour or $26,380 per year earned by taxi cab and limousine dispatchers. Salaries for trucking dispatchers were 33 percent less than the average earned by railroad transportation dispatchers, who averaged $28.62 per hour or $59,530 per year.

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Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.