Types of CDL jobs and what they pay

A breakdown of some of the more common truck driving jobs.

Types of CDL jobs and what they pay

You enjoy being on the open road. Your driving record is excellent. And you know that safety comes first. A career as a commercial driver's license (CDL) truck driver may be for you.

According to the Truck Driver Institute, most long-haul drivers average 500 miles per day, and clock an average of 100,000 to 110,000 miles per year. Regional and city drivers cover about 48,000 miles annually.

That’s a whole lot of road. So before you get in gear, you’ll want to determine what type of CDL driver job is right for you before you sign up to take the CDL test (which is required for all positions).

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and PayScale.com, Monster compiled a list of some of the types of truck driving jobs, along with expected salaries, hiring forecast, and job expectations.

Bus driver

What you’d do: Safely transport people to and from their destinations, whether that’s school, work, or the mall. You might also work for a company driving chartered buses or sightseeing tours.
Average annual salary: $30,950
Hiring outlook: 6% employment growth through 2024; approximately 37,500 total jobs created in that time.

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Delivery truck driver

What you’d do: Delivery drivers (think FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service, as well as plenty of private companies) are a familiar site in suburbs and cities alike. These drivers transport packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area.
Average annual salary: $27,760
Hiring outlook: 4% employment growth through 2024; approximately 48,100 total jobs created in that time.

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Heavy equipment hauler

What you’d do: Heavy equipment truck drivers do just that: They transport heavy equipment from one location to another, sometimes across several states. How heavy is heavy? The gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeds 26,000 pounds.
Average annual salary: $40,260
Hiring outlook: 5% employment growth through 2024; approximately 98,800 jobs created in that time.

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OTR truck driver

What you’d do: Also known as long-haul and over the road drivers, OTR drivers take jobs that can either require a few hundred miles of road per day or that can keep them behind the wheel from two to five weeks at a time.
Average annual salary: $40,260
Hiring outlook: 5% employment growth through 2024; approximately 98,800 jobs created in that time.

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