Truck Driver Salaries Reach Record-Breaking Numbers

How can you take advantage of increased driver pay?

Professional truck drivers are a vital part of America's economy. Not only do they transport our necessary, everyday goods, but they also complete the supply chain. The shortage of drivers in the industry has been an issue for a long time, and recent events have only made it harder for delivery companies to get the job done. As a result, many carriers are using this time to offer drivers record salaries and incentives to attract new drivers to the profession.

Truck Driver Salary Overview

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for a professional driver in 2005 was $35,000. At that time, there were 1.625 million working truck drivers in the country. The American Trucking Association also reported that there was a shortage of truck drivers for the first time in 2005. The driver shortage disappeared after the Great Recession of 2008 when trucking volume declined and slowly began to reappear in 2011. Since then, the driver shortage has grown steadily, with the number of shortages reaching more than 60,000 in 2019. Meanwhile, the median wage has only increased by $12,400.

Future and Salary of Drivers

Numerous driver shortages have forced carriers to rethink their recruitment efforts. One recruitment measure that has shown positive results is increasing driver compensation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10 percent of professional drivers earned more than $69,480 in 2020. Along with this high pay, many carriers offer additional incentives, including sign-up bonuses and local routes to get drivers home every day. The government also passed a law lowering the age of obtaining a CDL to 18, hoping to increase the number of new drivers.

NSTS Wants You to Take Home this Increased Salary

NEW SOUND TRUCKING SCHOOL can help you begin this new career in as little as four weeks! Our Class A CDL Training Program utilizes a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on, behind-the-wheel training. Our graduates have completed their training with their CDL and were offered job opportunities with our employment partners through our job placement assistance program. We also provide multiple tuition assistance programs to help ease the stress of beginning a new career. Let us help you earn a salary payout of up to $70,000 as soon as possible! Fill out the form on this page, or call us at 253-210-0505 to reserve your spot in our next class!