How Much Do Truck Drivers Make Per Year?

By Neil Kokemuller
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Truck driving is a stable profession, perfect for people who want to make a career out of traveling on the open road. You can work in light truck delivery service or heavy truck product distribution. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that light truck delivery drivers had an average salary of $33,490 in May 2013. Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers earned an average salary of $40,940.

Light Truck Pay Details

Light truck delivery drivers include workers who transport packages to customer homes. Ten percent of delivery drivers made at or below $18,220, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made at or above $60,670 per year. Alaska had the highest state-based average salary at $41,640. Rhode Island was second at $38,930.

Heavy Truck Pay Details

Heavy truck drivers transport goods between businesses and from distribution centers to stores. Ten percent of heavy truck drivers made at or below $25,330, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made at or above $59,620. Alaska was once again the highest-paying state with an average salary of $53,440. North Dakota was second at $47,580.

About the Author

Neil Kokemuller has been an active business, finance and education writer and content media website developer since 2007. He has been a college marketing professor since 2004. Kokemuller has additional professional experience in marketing, retail and small business. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Iowa State University.