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Because of the difficulty of the job and the lifestyle involved, truckers are well paid for their efforts. The median hourly income for heavy truck drivers was $15.25 in 2000. Long-haul truckers were generally better paid than trade contractors or construction workers. Those who transport beer, wine, and liquor are generally paid better than those hauling groceries.

Drivers tend to be paid by the hour or, for longer distances, by the mile. After the typical forty-hour week, drivers receive higher overtime pay. The size of the truck, your years of experience, and the cargo being carried all affect how much you will be paid. A commission is generally paid in addition to the hourly or per-mile wage. Those who are self-employed tend to bring home $20,000–25,000 a year after deductions are made for vehicle maintenance, insurance, and living expenses.

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