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There are approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, according to estimates by the American Trucking Association.
As of 2011, the median hourly pay for truck drivers was $21.74 per hour for heavy and over the road drivers according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This averages out to be $45,219 per year based upon a 40 hour work week.
A new company driver pulling a regular dry van hauling regular freight over the road can expect to get around $25,000 to $35,000.
An experienced driver pulling regular dry van hauling regular freight over the road can expect to get around $35,000 to $55,000.
An experienced driver pulling regular dry van hauling regular freight with an excellent driving record (which mean he or she could go to more selective companies can get $45,000 to $70,000. If you specialize for instance heavy hauling, low boys, household, cattle, hazardous materials, even refrigerated you can expect to get paid more.
Typically a owner operator hauling regular freight over the road can expect to gross $100,000 – $150,000. Remember this is gross!
At the end of the year after taxes and all the expenses come out an owner operator (depending on how his operation is set up) end up with anywhere from $35,000 – $75,000.