Record-Breaking Salaries For Truck Drivers

How Can You Benefit From Higher Driver Pay?

The American economy depends heavily on the work of professional truck drivers. Truckers not only transport our necessary, daily freight but also close the loop in the supply chain. Since there aren't enough drivers in the market, businesses have had a tougher time getting their goods delivered. Recent events have only made the situation worse. As a result, several carriers are making record-breaking offers to drivers in order to attract new drivers to this line of work.

A History of Truck Driver Pay

The reported median salary for a professional driver in 2005 was $35,000, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 1.625 million truck drivers working in the country at this time. The first documented truck driver shortage was noted in 2005, according to the American Trucking Association. When the freight volume dropped due to the Great Recession in 2008, the scarcity vanished. It slowly started to resurface in 2011. Since then, the scarcity of drivers has gotten worse, with over 60,000 needed in 2019. The average pay only grew by $12,400 during this entire period.

Future Driver Salary Trends

Carriers have had to review their recruiting efforts as a result of a number of driver shortage-related reasons. One recruiting strategy that has had fruitful outcomes has been an increase in driver salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10% of professional drivers made more than $69,480 in 2020. Many carriers are providing additional incentives in addition to this high payout, including sign-on bonuses and local routes to get drivers home each day. In an effort to attract more new drivers, the government has also proposed legislation to lower the CDL carrier age to 18.

New Sound Trucking School Wants You To Enjoy This Higher Salary

In as little as four weeks, NSTS will help you start your new profession! In our Class A & B CDL Training Programs, there is a healthy mix of classroom education and practical experience driving. Through our job placement aid program, our graduates who successfully completed their training and obtained their Washington CDL were given the opportunity to work for one of our employment partners. In order to lessen the strain of starting a new career, we also offer a variety of tuition support options. Last but not least, you can obtain your CDL locally at our campus in Fife.

Let us help you earn a salary payout of up to $72,000 as soon as possible! Call us at 253-210-0505 to reserve your spot in our next class!