What does a Tractor Trailer Driver do?

Truck drivers earn their living by driving a truck and transporting goods and materials. They typically drive a route that takes them to and from retail and distribution centers or manufacturing plants. As long and short distance haulers of goods and materials, they provide essential services for industrialized nations. They move cargo by way of tractor-trailers and know how to connect and disconnect cabs from trailers and basic repair skills including changing a tire. They are trained to operate the vehicle up or down a steep grade while keeping the brakes protected from overheating and keeping loads from shifting on curves.

Truck drivers operate multi-gear transmission vehicles and are educated in safely maneuvering the vehicle and its cargo while staying mindful to its size. They are expected to track their long hours in a log book and get merchandise to a final destination safely and timely. They are responsible for manifest sheets that they check to match their load, and they load and unload their truck. There is no education requirement to be a truck driver, but candidates must be 21 years of age and take the Department of Transportation physical, meet or exceed the medical requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truck drivers must also complete commercial driver's license training.

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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Tractor Trailer Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,848 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $64K
$79K
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Tractor Trailer Driver Career Path

Learn how to become a Tractor Trailer Driver, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Truck Driver
$57,985/yr
L3
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Tractor Trailer Driver Insights

Read what Tractor Trailer Driver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
R. Smith & Sons
Class A Truck Driver
Aug 16, 2021

“trucks are well kept with lots of power and a fun group of guys to work with”

J.B. Hunt TransportJ.B. Hunt Transport
Class A Cdl Truck Driver
Jan 5, 2020

“I would recommend anyone to this company you have good dispachers and lots of people to learn from”

Western ExpressWestern Express
Truck Driver
Nov 13, 2020

“The pay ain’t good at all I worked here 2 years and only got a 2 penny raise”

MMM-EXPRESS
Truck Driver
Oct 8, 2019

“Schedule could be better but the pay is great and the company is the best overall company I've ever worked for”

Wren KitchensWren Kitchens
Class A Truck Driver
Aug 27, 2021

“One of the best company I ever work and also the management are very helpful.”

Superior Tank LinesSuperior Tank Lines
Class A Truck Driver
May 4, 2021

“Weekends off would be nice but what trucking jobs that pays well does that all the time.”

Tri-NationalTri-National
Truck Driver
Jun 16, 2021

“I have a great driver manager he gets me between 2800 to 3200 miles a week consistently.”

Mack TruckingMack Trucking
OTR Flatbed Driver
Aug 16, 2019

“Everything trucks to high to many deductions coming out of your paycheck good luck making any money here.”

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