What is the Salary of a Semi Truck Driver?

There are many variables impacting the average salary a driver could make

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the average truck driver salary as $43,680 per year. But it's important to keep in mind that these are only averages for a CDL truck driver salary, which means that the data includes those at all stages of their careers and in all types of trucking. 

So, when researching "how much does a truck driver make", keep that in mind. And don't forget to take a look at the additional benefits available, such as: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), etc. When combined with your CDL salary, these additional benefits available could make one company stand head and shoulders above the rest.  

Now, we can't speak to the truck driver salary at all companies, but we can tell you a little bit about our own, so let's take a look at the salaries and opportunities available at Swift.

How Much Does a Truck Driver Make at Swift?

The short answer is: It varies based on the type of freight you haul, your length of haul, and your experience level. And, because we use a sliding pay scale based on experience and dispatched miles, the more experience you have, and the more dispatched miles you run, the higher your pay will be.

That said, we understand that you probably want to know what those high-paying trucking jobs are at Swift. Just understand that there are many variables that can impact how much you make. Below are some approximate average ranges for different segments of our business. Remember, some individuals will make less than this, especially newer drivers, and some individuals will make more than this, some a lot more than these ranges. Here are some annual average salaries¹:

Dry Van OTR

  • Annual Average Salary: $59,449-$68,345 ($1,159-$1,330 weekly)

Refrigerated OTR

  • Annual Average Salary: $60,835-$68,632 ($1,188-$1,320 weekly)

Dry Van Dedicated

  • Annual Average Salary: $61,274-$68,436 ($1,188-$1,321 weekly)

Refrigerated Dedicated 

  • Annual Average Salary: $61,372-$68,039 ($1,199-$1,321 weekly)

Flatbed OTR

  • Annual Average Salary: $60,537-$68,526 ($1,186-$1,327 weekly)

Flatbed Dedicated

  • Annual Average Salary: $63,233-$71,528 ($1,230-$1,378 weekly)


  • Annual Average Salary: $59,723-$66,499 ($1,158-$1,288 weekly)

Swift Express

  • Annual Average Salary per Driver: $49,825-$55,021 ($966-$1,068 weekly)


  • Annual Average Salary per Driver: $61,156-$71,383 ($1,210-$1,419 weekly)

Benefits at Swift

At Swift, we also offer a comprehensive benefits package that you may choose to participate in that includes medical and prescription drug plans, dental and vision plans, 401(k), an employee assistance program, an employee stock purchase program, and a college tuition program. In addition, we offer a wide range of supplemental benefits that you can choose to participate in on an as-needed basis. This way, you can take care of yourself and your family in all the ways that matter most.

For a list of the benefits available, visit our Benefits page, or learn more about the opportunities available at Swift on our Careers page. Of course, if you're new to trucking, you can get the training you need to earn your CDL at Swift Academy or one of our trusted partners. 

¹Pay data was calculated using 2019 average weekly driver income from Swift full-time company drivers who received at least 50 paychecks within the specified line of business. Pay quotes are not guaranteed.