Truck driving jobs are always plentiful due to the constant driver turn over rate that now stands at 128% for over the road drivers. The average yearly income for truck drivers is $35,000 to $45,000 for company drivers, and $95,000 to $130,000 for owner operators, depending on where you live. Currently, as a local driver, working five days per week and home every night, I enjoy a driving job grossing $50,200 per year Dream Drivers.
Every two years the US Bureau of Labor Statistics releases their list for the top 30 fastest growing job opportunities. Just released, this list shows the best career choices projected to the year 2016. Truck driving didn’t make the list, but how does truck driving jobs salaries compare with these 30 fastest growing jobs for the future?
Many of these positions require at least a Bachelor Degree, and some even a Master’s Degree or Doctorate, yet I find it interesting to note that professional truck drivers can earn more than these professional positions. And, with proper management skills, an owner-operator can actually gross more than any of the top 30 on the list!
Of course, there is not much glamour in OTR driving, but with the public’s view of the typical “truck driver,” I felt it was important to point out that with the right information, the professional skills and the proper attitude, truck driving jobs can offer a good wage and decent living . . . you just have to know where to look. However, comparing truck driving jobs with the top 30 lists, one should not consider themselves just a “truck driver.”