What does a Truck Driver do?

Truck drivers earn their living by driving a truck and transporting goods and materials. They typically drive a route that takes them to and from retail and distribution centers or manufacturing plants. As long and short distance haulers of goods and materials, they provide essential services for industrialized nations. They move cargo by way of tractor-trailers and know how to connect and disconnect cabs from trailers and basic repair skills including changing a tire. They are trained to operate the vehicle up or down a steep grade while keeping the brakes protected from overheating and keeping loads from shifting on curves.

Truck drivers operate multi-gear transmission vehicles and are educated in safely maneuvering the vehicle and its cargo while staying mindful to its size. They are expected to track their long hours in a log book and get merchandise to a final destination safely and timely. They are responsible for manifest sheets that they check to match their load, and they load and unload their truck. There is no education requirement to be a truck driver, but candidates must be 21 years of age and take the Department of Transportation physical, meet or exceed the medical requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truck drivers must also complete commercial driver's license training.

EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Truck Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

€16 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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€12
Median: €16
€20
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Truck Driver Career Path

Learn how to become a Truck Driver, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Truck Driver
€34,643/yr
L3
Truck Driver III
No Salary Reports
L4
Leader of Transportation
No Salary Reports
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Truck Driver Insights

Read what Truck Driver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Western ExpressWestern Express
Truck Driver
3 Feb 2021

“I am new and have lots to learn but they have been nothing but nice and very helpful.”

R. Smith & Sons
Class A Truck Driver
16 Aug 2021

“trucks are well kept with lots of power and a fun group of guys to work with”

Western ExpressWestern Express
Truck Driver
13 Nov 2020

“The pay ain’t good at all I worked here 2 years and only got a 2 penny raise”

MMM-EXPRESS
Truck Driver
8 Oct 2019

“Schedule could be better but the pay is great and the company is the best overall company I've ever worked for”

Wren KitchensWren Kitchens
Class A Truck Driver
27 Aug 2021

“One of the best company I ever work and also the management are very helpful.”

CR EnglandCR England
OTR Truck Driver
18 Dec 2021

“Put diesel in truck because fuel card wouldn’t work and never got money back.”

Superior Tank LinesSuperior Tank Lines
Class A Truck Driver
4 May 2021

“Weekends off would be nice but what trucking jobs that pays well does that all the time.”

Mack TruckingMack Trucking
OTR Flatbed Driver
16 Aug 2019

“Everything trucks to high to many deductions coming out of your paycheck good luck making any money here.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a truck driver

When working as a truck driver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CDL Hazmat, Load Unload, Dedicated CDL, Air Induction and English Language.

The most similar professions to truck driver are:
  • Delivery Driver
  • Bus Driver
  • Driver
  • School Bus Driver

The most common qualifications to become a truck driver is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.