Salary and Benefits

October 15, 2006

What This Job Pays: truck driver

Pay: The average pay of a truck driver in the Seattle area is $18.10 an hour, with most making from $15.42 to about $20 an hour, according to PayScale, a Seattle company that tracks compensation and benefits.

Demand: Job opportunities should be good for truck drivers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to growth in demand for truck drivers, numerous job openings will occur as experienced drivers leave this large occupation to transfer to other fields of work, retire or leave the labor force for other reasons.

Need to know: Jobs vary greatly in terms of earnings, weekly work hours, the number of nights spent on the road, and quality of equipment. Competition is expected for jobs offering the highest earnings or most favorable work schedules. A commercial driver's license is required to operate most larger trucks.

PayScale, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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