Truck driver salary varies by almost $20,000 across the US — here’s where truckers make the most, ranked by state

Truck driver salary varies greatly by state.

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Truck driver salary varies greatly by state.
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Truck driver salaries have been on the up and up for some truckers in 2018.

Nearly 50% of all truckers in the National Transportation Institute’s quarterly survey on trucker pay received salary bumps in 2018, according to Gordon Klemp, principal of the National Transportation Institute. Last year, only 11% did.

America’s nearly 1.8 million tractor-trailer truck drivers earned a median income of $44,500 nationwide in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Truck driver salary is highest in Alaska, where they earned a median of $56,250 last year. In comparison, in West Virginia, truckers earned a median of $38,580 – the lowest nationwide.

Business Insider gathered the median income in each state for long-haul truck drivers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and ranked them in ascending order. Take a look below to see how well your state pays its truck drivers.


West Virginia: $38,580

Number of long-haul truckers: 11,010


Alabama: $40,080

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Number of long-haul truckers: 30,720


Arkansas: $40,620

Number of long-haul truckers: 32,640


Maine: $40,670

Number of long-haul truckers: 8,800


Mississippi: $40,780

Number of long-haul truckers: 22,570


South Dakota: $40,850

Number of long-haul truckers: 7,820


Florida: $41,150

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Number of long-haul truckers: 85,390


Tennessee: $41,510

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Number of long-haul truckers: 60,350


Louisiana: $41,800

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Number of long-haul truckers: 21,190


Michigan: $42,180

Number of long-haul truckers: 55,560


South Carolina: $42,260

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Number of long-haul truckers: 27,610


North Carolina: $42,490

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Number of long-haul truckers: 55,430


Georgia: $42,510

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Number of long-haul truckers: 56,450


Delaware: $42,550

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Number of long-haul truckers: 4,110


Iowa: $42,570

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Number of long-haul truckers: 38,110


Virginia: $42,780

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Number of long-haul truckers: 41,150


Oklahoma: $43,130

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Number of long-haul truckers: 24,680


Kentucky: $43,430

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Number of long-haul truckers: 25,210


Missouri: $43,480

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Number of long-haul truckers: 43,600


Nebraska: $43,590

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Number of long-haul truckers: 26,540


Ohio: $43,990

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Number of long-haul truckers: 74,310


Vermont: $44,190

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Number of long-haul truckers: 3,370


Idaho: $44,250

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Number of long-haul truckers: 11,810


Texas: $44,260

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Number of long-haul truckers: 182,370


Kansas: $44,300

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Number of long-haul truckers: 20,410


Wisconsin: $44,330

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Number of long-haul truckers: 48,400


New Hampshire: $44,370

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Number of long-haul truckers: 48,400


Arizona: $44,640

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Number of long-haul truckers: 23,030


Montana: $44,700

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Number of long-haul truckers: 6,420


New Mexico: $44,860

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Number of long-haul truckers: 9,940


Utah: $45,500

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Number of long-haul truckers: 23,500


California: $45,560

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Number of long-haul truckers: 137,930


Oregon: $45,600

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Number of long-haul truckers: 23,290


Pennsylvania: $46,150

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Number of long-haul truckers: 80,810


Indiana: $46,270

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Number of long-haul truckers: 51,830


Minnesota: $46,570

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Number of long-haul truckers: 35,420


Rhode Island: $46,600

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Number of long-haul truckers: 3,220


Colorado: $46,960

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Number of long-haul truckers: 21,990


Washington: $46,990

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Number of long-haul truckers: 32,030


Maryland: $47,230

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Number of long-haul truckers: 23,640


Illinois: $47,730

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Number of long-haul truckers: 70,920


New Jersey: $48,290

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Number of long-haul truckers: 45,650


New York: $48,460

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Number of long-haul truckers: 58,870


Connecticut: $48,530

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Number of long-haul truckers: 12,940


Hawaii: $49,050

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Number of long-haul truckers: 3,290


Wyoming: $49,420

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Number of long-haul truckers: 5,910


District of Columbia: $50,250

Number of long-haul truckers: 510


Nevada: $50,440

Number of long-haul truckers: 11,630


Massachusetts: $50,580

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Number of long-haul truckers: 25,790


North Dakota: $53,020

Number of long-haul truckers: 11,000


Alaska: $56,250

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Number of long-haul truckers: 2,640