Light Truck Driver Salary


How Much Does a Light Truck Driver Make?

On average, a Light Truck Driver make $38,520 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $21,060, while the top-paid 10 percent made $65,400.

Annually National Average Salary: $38,520

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.




Salary by State

  • Annually
  • Monthly
  • Hourly

Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$18,050$21,690$32,860$38,380$59,620
Alaska$29,430$35,260$47,490$58,760$71,580
Arizona$24,180$27,200$37,810$43,910$59,170
Arkansas$18,950$19,980$31,190$35,650$57,700
California$25,150$29,730$42,960$52,570$71,310
Colorado$23,480$27,900$39,300$47,520$61,600
Connecticut$23,880$27,250$38,840$46,630$63,650
Delaware$21,430$25,820$37,500$45,860$62,900
District of Columbia$29,890$33,570$41,750$49,220$60,650
Florida$20,110$24,420$36,350$43,860$62,570
Georgia$18,770$24,670$37,060$46,590$62,230
Hawaii$25,440$28,920$37,910$43,980$54,340
Idaho$20,990$24,790$36,400$44,820$61,250
Illinois$21,930$29,230$44,040$57,030$72,240
Indiana$19,060$23,400$35,230$42,360$59,590
Iowa$19,380$22,820$33,080$39,560$51,150
Kansas$19,050$25,250$37,950$47,260$64,700
Kentucky$19,890$24,230$37,560$46,370$66,620
Louisiana$17,930$21,480$33,010$39,710$54,200
Maine$23,380$25,050$34,800$39,330$55,180
Maryland$23,510$28,410$41,460$50,830$66,110
Massachusetts$25,460$28,190$41,680$50,260$67,460
Michigan$20,810$23,670$37,480$47,070$64,710
Minnesota$24,020$30,180$41,360$50,350$65,330
Mississippi$18,570$21,960$32,760$39,440$55,650
Missouri$19,740$24,580$36,680$45,710$61,750
Montana$20,530$24,760$36,010$44,870$56,840
Nebraska$21,400$25,010$36,690$42,740$61,120
Nevada$22,140$27,000$38,510$45,930$67,050
New Hampshire$19,380$23,390$34,820$41,510$57,240
New Jersey$19,690$24,850$38,790$49,970$64,050
New Mexico$20,960$26,400$37,010$43,680$62,340
New York$23,940$26,800$39,850$48,200$66,380
North Carolina$19,380$23,650$34,540$40,300$58,150
North Dakota$25,270$31,830$43,410$52,410$70,320
Ohio$19,640$23,160$35,840$43,960$61,160
Oklahoma$19,370$23,610$34,900$41,180$58,390
Oregon$25,390$28,880$39,360$46,650$61,280
Pennsylvania$18,600$22,260$35,290$43,040$64,890
Rhode Island$23,920$27,060$39,690$48,860$65,220
South Carolina$18,290$22,130$34,600$41,610$62,760
South Dakota$21,240$25,510$35,760$43,310$51,820
Tennessee$19,520$25,560$38,460$48,370$62,580
Texas$20,690$25,090$39,440$50,200$69,080
Utah$23,600$30,050$40,280$47,770$62,680
Vermont$23,550$25,480$39,300$47,610$66,280
Virginia$19,280$23,910$38,000$48,600$66,500
Washington$26,540$31,970$42,570$50,260$65,980
West Virginia$20,020$22,010$33,620$39,490$58,320
Wisconsin$19,820$23,040$34,580$41,300$57,460
Wyoming$22,380$27,780$41,190$52,550$66,520
Guam$18,200$19,150$23,180$25,200$30,730
Puerto Rico$16,520$17,460$21,660$21,640$26,720
Virgin Islands$23,140$24,370$31,090$34,820$39,390

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is Alaska, where the average salary is $47,490.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

Alaska - $47,490
Illinois - $44,040
North Dakota - $43,410
California - $42,960
Washington - $42,570

Light Truck Drivers: Salary Overview

Light truck drivers operate trucks and vans that have a capacity of fewer than 26,001 pounds (Gross Vehicle Weight).

They typically transport merchandise and packages but may also be responsible for loading and unloading the vehicle.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage reported by light truck drivers in the United States was $34,730 as of May 2019, which means that half of all workers in this profession earned less than this amount while half earned more.

This is lower than the national average salary across all occupations- which in May 2019 was $39,810 according to BLS.

Salaries vary depending on a wide range of factors such as experience level, the industry of employment, region, skills, and local economy.

The same report shows that the bottom 10 percent reportedly earned less than $21,060 while the top 10 percent made more than $65,400 annually as of May 2019.

Light Truck Driver Salary by Industry

Salaries for this profession vary widely depending on the industry of employment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest employers for light truck drivers in 2019 were couriers and express delivery services, and automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores.

Salaries for light truck drivers vary widely between these two industries.

Those who worked for couriers and express delivery services companies reportedly earned $54,110 on average as of May 2019 while those who worked for automotive parts, accessories, and tire stores made less than half this amount.

The average annual wage for drivers employed by stores that sell automotive parts, accessories, and tires was only $25,130.

Light truck drivers employed in the field of truck transportation reportedly earned $43,150.

The average annual wage was calculated at $38,750 for light truck drivers who worked in the field of local messengers and local delivery and $38,470 for those who worked for merchant wholesalers of nondurable goods.

The report published by BLS shows that higher-than-average salaries were typically reported in industries that don’t typically hire many truck drivers such as the natural gas distribution field, electric power generation, transmission and distribution, and the postal service.

Light truck drivers employed in the field of natural gas distribution reportedly took home $64,600 per year on average.

The average annual wage was $58,980 for light truck drivers who worked in the field of electric power generation, transmission, and distribution and $55,520 for those who worked for the postal service.

However, as the numbers show, the industry with the highest level of employment for this profession, couriers and express delivery services, offers a salary that is close to the one offered by these high-paying fields.

Having good driving skills qualifies you for employment in a variety of sectors.

You can work for florists, for wholesalers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts and supplies, or even for promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events.

The only things that limit you are the weight limit, the type of vehicle that you are allowed to drive, and the type of cargo that you can carry.

Better career opportunities may occur if you also get a commercial driver’s license which will qualify you for multiple types of vehicles, including CMVs that carry more than 16 passengers, carrying hazardous materials, and driving trucks that are above the 26,000-pound weight limit.

According to BLS, on average, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers earned more than light truck drivers.

The median annual wage reported by drivers of vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds was $45,260 as of May 2019.

So getting a CDL license for heavier trucks can improve your earning prospects.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Light Truck Drivers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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