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March 13, 2020

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make?

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Ever wonder if being a truck driver is the right thing for you? Jobs like these are nice especially when you know you will have a good salary. Keep in mind not all truck drivers get paid the same rate. There are a lot of key factors that determine the amount that you will get paid. Below we will give you a list of different things that will impact the amount you will get paid and the different types of jobs you can have in a truck driving company. 

What determines the amount truck drivers get paid?

  • Distance/ Mileage

The distance that you drive is one of the main things that decide how much you get paid. With most trucking companies they actually pay by the mile, which could be the main thing that decides your wages. This can be anywhere from $0.27 to $0.40 per mile. Other smaller trucking companies that just drive the truck within their state will most likely be paying by the hour, but the distance that you drive will still help influence how much you will get paid. This can range anywhere from $16.50 to $23.50 an hour.

  • Training and License

Having the proper training and license when driving a truck will also determine how much the company is willing to pay you. Some companies will actually pay a wage during your training and get you ready to drive when you sign up with them, but it will be a lower wage until fully trained. 

  • Background

Going into the truck driving industry is a really good way to get a good-paying job fast, but when you have a lot of experience it helps your employer know how much your really worthwhile working in their business. The more experience you have with trucking the better chance you have of receiving a better rate. 

  • Bonuses/ Benefits

Truck drivers will often have a chance to receive raises and a lot of benefits. Below is a list of things you can do to get a bonus and a list of the benefits truck drivers receive. 

Bonus system 

  • Driving Safe
  • Fuel-Efficient
  • Clean Bill of Health for a DOT inspection
  • Referral Bonus
  • Compensations
  • Hiring Bonus
  • Performance


  • Medical insurance
  • Dental and Eye Insurance
  • Life insurance 
  • 401 K plans
  • Job Description

There are several different types of driving jobs while working for a trucking company such as team OTR drivers, trainer, owner-operator, a solo OTR driver, and more. Depending on which job you choose will also determine how much you get paid.

CTC is a small trucking company with all the benefits of being a truck driver and more time to spend with your family. While most trucking companies have you stuck working for most of the week with sometimes only 2 days a week to spend with your family, CTC is in a state-based company that allows you to be with your family almost every day. If you are interested in becoming a truck driver for us, you can contact us at 435-637-2190 for our Provo office or 801-461-9746 for our Salt Lake City office. For questions feel free to call or visit us online.