The Best Paying Jobs in Trucking

Driver jobs are increasing, so is enrollment to driving schools. Higher paying jobs require more skill and can be more dangerous. Once school is done, a driver must get a few years of experience to qualify for higher paying jobs. The state drivers live in or work from has an impact on what truck driving jobs pay the most.

Once a new class A driver is finished with instruction, the average pay is around $35,000 per year. As the driver gains experience, more class A truck driver jobs become available for them to choose. The higher paying truck driver jobs are reserved for those with the most experience and best driving record. In just a few years, a good driver can increase annual income significantly.

The highest paying state for class A truck driver jobs is Mississippi. The average class A driver makes around $68,000 per year. Wyoming and New York are a close second averaging $60,000 annual income. A driver’s salary depends equally on load, driver experience, and danger involved. More experienced drivers will get the higher paying jobs. The more dangerous a haul is, the more it pays.

Ice Road drivers must drive on 414 miles of road that are mostly ice. The drivers can only drive these roads in the extreme cold of winter as a lot of these roads cross water. The water must be frozen solid to be driven on by heavy trucks and their loads. Ice Road truck drivers average $120,000 for 3 hauling months. Some loads pay even more.

The mining industry needs experienced truck drivers too. They pay well to move product with a dump truck. In Australia, mining companies pay dump truck drivers an average of $100,000 per year to drive for them.

If a class A driver is interested in living in another country, Iraq is the top choice for pay. On average, a truck driver in Iraq can earn between $125,000 to $250,000 per year. Of course a significant amount of income is because of the danger involved driving truck in a war torn country.

Other high paying class A truck driving jobs includes other heavy and dangerous hauling. The bigger the load, and the more danger involved, the higher the pay. The oil industry also pays drivers well for hauling large machinery or hazardous material. Hauling large or dangerous loads requires only the best class A licensed drivers with a lot of experience driving.