Cement truck drivers work in the construction industry, particularly in commercial construction. They help pave roads, bridges and other outdoor structures. These workers usually drive trucks up to loading hoppers to receive cement, gravel, water, sand and other mixing materials. They then operate the mixtures on the way to their jobs, pulling levers to release the concrete where needed. These workers also clean trucks to keep them free of debris. Most cement truck truckers get paid by the hour which averages out to specific annual salaries.
Average Annual Salary and Benefits
Cement truck drivers earned average annual salaries of $38,000, according to Simply Hired at the time of publication. Salaries are highly contingent upon worker experience, the size of their companies and where they work. Most workers in the construction industry, including cement truck drivers, receive typical benefits like major medical, life insurance, vacation and holiday pay, sick leave and retirement savings plans or pensions. About 17 percent are in unions, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which may enhance their benefit packages.
Salary by State
Cement truck drivers' salaries can vary significantly by state or area. For example, they earned their highest annual salaries in the District of Columbia, among those listed, at approximately $59,000, according to Simply Hired. Those in California and Illinois also earned above average salaries at $43,000 and $39,000 per year, respectively. These construction workers earned slightly below average salaries in Pennsylvania and Texas at $36,000 and $35,000 per year, respectively.
Salary by City
Cement truck drivers likely earn higher wages where more construction takes place. For example, those in Boston earned the highest annual salaries, among those listed, at $46,000, per Simply Hired. They earned average salaries of $44,000 in New York City. However, those in Omaha, Neb., earned slightly below average salaries of $36,000 per year.
The number of jobs for construction workers, including those who drive cement trucks, is expected to increase 19 percent between 2008 and 2018, per the bureau. Jobs will be added in both the new construction and remodeling industries. States will continue to add new highways, streets and bridges and older structures will need repairing.