ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) released results from a new survey showing professional truck driver pay is on par with the national median for all US households, offering “competitive” pay and benefits.
“The data in our Driver Compensation Study, which covered 130 fleets and more than 130,000 drivers, shows that now more than ever, trucking is an excellent career path,” said ATA chief economist Bob Costello. “Fleets are raising pay and offering generous benefit packages in order to attract and keep their drivers in the face of a growing driver shortage.”
The study found drivers’ median pay ranged from just over $46,000 for national, irregular route dry van truckload drivers to more than $73,000 for private fleet van drivers.
In seven of nine categories covered by the survey, pay met or exceeded US median household income of just over $53,000.
The survey also found three out of four fleets used multiple methods to compensate drivers. Nearly 80% of truckload fleets offered paid holidays and 80% of private carriers offered 401(k) retirement plans and matched employee contributions.
“As the economy grows, we are seeing an ever more competitive driver market,” Costello said. “The data in this report will be critical for fleets looking to recruit and retain the best drivers.”
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