Today, the average annual income for a commercial truck driver is roughly $34,000 and that is on a good year.
Various other truck driver jobs such as a local delivery driver averages $29,000 per year which is less than most social services workers.
As of January 2013, the number of people unemployed in the U.S. stood at 12,332,000 which is only 500,000 shy of meeting the maximum number in 1933 during the height of the great depression.
In a time of desperation, many look to long-haul trucking as a new, exciting and high-paying career. However, according to statistical salary averages, they may be looking in the wrong place.
Truck driver recruiter pay is surpassing driver salaries by nearly three times as much, depending on geographical area. One company is hiring truck driver recruiters by offering $400 per new-hire with the only stipulation being that in order to be paid, the new-hire must stay with the company for at least 14 days.
Examining the average pay for a truck driver recruiter within various cities across the United States, one can see how location can play a part in salary income:
- New York City, NY = $85,000
- Washington, D.C. = $77,000
- Atlanta, GA = $76,000
- Boston, MA = $74,000
- Chicago, IL = $72,000
- Los Angeles, CA = $70,000
- Dallas, TX = $68,000
- Houston, TX = $67,000
- Detroit, MI = $66,000
- Tampa, FL = $58,000
- Tulsa, OK = $54,000
Of course, keep in mind that these figures only reflect the “average” pay for truck driver recruiters. There are recruiters in NYC earning income off of drivers as high as $142,000 per year and in Dallas as high as $112,000 for examples. Even in Tampa, Florida where earnings are usually low, recruiters with the best performance are pulling in as high as $97,000 for their recruiting efforts.
As in the company example above, at $400 per new-hire after fourteen days, a recruiter can earn $62,400 per year by hauling in just three new drivers per week and with the industry’s established driver retention plan still in place, there is never a shortage of new-hires for truck driver recruiters.