Browse Salaries
Best Paying Jobs
Salary Increase Letters

Driver Average Salary in United States 2023

How much money does a person working as Driver make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
28,200 USD
( 2,350 USD monthly)


A person working as Driver in United States typically earns around 28,200 USD per year. Salaries range from 15,200 USD (lowest) to 42,500 USD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Driver salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Driver Pay Scale and Salaries in United States

Median and salary distribution United States Driver yearly
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/median-and-salary-distribution-yearly-united-states-driver.jpg

Salary Structure and Pay Scale Comparison

5% of people earn
25,100 USD or more
10% of people earn
22,500 to 25,100 USD
20% of people earn
16,700 USD or less
65% of people earn
16,700 to 22,500 USD
Minimum Salary
15,200 USD
25,200 USD
42,500 USD

Median Salary, maximum and minimum salary, minimum wage, starting salary, and the salary range

  • Salary Range, Minimum Wage, and Starting Salary

    Driver salaries in United States range from 15,200 USD per year (starting salary) to 42,500 USD per year (maximum salary). This is not the minimum wage as per the law, only the lowest reported number in the salary survey that had thousands of participants and professionals from all over the country.

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 25,200 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Driver(s) are earning less than 25,200 USD while the other half are earning more than 25,200 USD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles and Salary Scale

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Driver(s) are earning less than 21,100 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 21,100 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Driver(s) are earning less than 28,400 USD while 25% are earning more than 28,400 USD.

  • Pay Scale Structure

    We grouped the most common and recurring salaries into brackets to give more insight into what salary to expect. This method is more accurate than just the average salary and gives more insights on how salaries are actually distributed. Around 65% of all reported figures are in the range 16,700 USD to 22,500 USD. Approximatly 20% fall under the 16,700 USD cap. Ten percent of wages are from 22,500 USD to 25,100 USD. Only 5% of people grossed 25,100 USD or more.

Driver Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Driver average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
17,700 USD
2 - 5 Years+26%
22,300 USD
5 - 10 Years+32%
29,400 USD
10 - 15 Years+18%
34,600 USD
15 - 20 Years+11%
38,300 USD
20+ Years+6%
40,800 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Driver
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/salary-comparison-by-years-of-experience-yearly-united-states-driver.jpg

The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Driver salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

Employees with less than two years of experience makes approximately 17,700 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 22,300 USD per year, 26% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 29,400 USD per year, 32% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Driver whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 34,600 USD per year, 18% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 38,300 USD per year, 11% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 40,800 USD per year, 6% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-by-experience.jpg

Driver Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Driver(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Driver average salary difference by education level in United States

High School
22,300 USD
Certificate or Diploma+37%
30,500 USD
Bachelor's Degree+29%
39,300 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salary comparison by education level yearly United States Driver
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/salary-comparison-by-education-level-yearly-united-states-driver.jpg

We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Driver salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary is 22,300 USD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 30,500 USD per year, 37% more than someone having a High School degree.

People with Bachelor's Degree have an average salary of 39,300 USD per year, 29% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-comparison-by-education.jpg

Salary and Compensation Comparison By Gender - Driver

Salary comparison by gender United States Driver yearly
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/salary-comparison-by-gender-yearly-united-states-driver.jpg

Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Driver employees in United States earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,800 USD
27,500 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/salary-comparison-by-gender-yearly-united-states.jpg

Driver Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

How much are annual salary increments in United States for Driver(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Driver(s) in United States are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States Driver
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/annual-salary-increment-rate-united-states-driver.jpg

The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United States / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/annual-salary-increment-rate-united-states.jpg

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

World Average Annual Salary Increment
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/images/salary-increment-world.jpg

Salary Packages and Schemes

Not all compensation increases are reflected directly in the salary. Some companies offer upgraded packages to their staff instead of cash money. The figures displayed here account only for direct increments to the base salary.

Driver Bonus and Incentive Rates in United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States Driver
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/annual-salary-bonus-rate-united-states-driver.jpg

"Driver" is considered to be a low bonus-based job. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 2% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Driver Salary Trend and Forecast in United States

How are Driver salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Average Salary 2019
25,700 USD
Average Salary 2020+2%
26,200 USD
Average Salary 2021+2%
26,700 USD
Average Salary 2022+2%
27,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Driver salaries in United States are on the rise in the year 2023 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2022 are 2% higher than those of 2021. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2024 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Salary trends and forecast yearly United States Driver
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/salary-trends-and-forecast-yearly-united-states-driver.jpg

Driver Average Hourly Wage in United States

14 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 14 USD. This means that the average Driver in United States earns approximately 14 USD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

About The Hourly Pay Rate

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

What is the minimum hourly rate of pay?

The minimum pay rate per hour for 'Driver' in United States is 7 USD. This is the minimum as per the gathered data in the salary survey not the minimum hourly rate mandated by law.

Driver VS Other Jobs

28,200 USD
37,000 USD
94,700 USD
Average Salary
Average Salary
Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers
Average Salary
All Jobs

The average salary for Driver is 24% less than that of Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers. Also, Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers salaries are 61% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison Between Driver and Courier / Delivery / Transport / Drivers yearly United States
Share This Chart
        Get Chart Linkhttp://www.salaryexplorer.com/charts/united-states/courier-delivery-transport-drivers/driver/salary-comparison-between-driver-and-courier-delivery-transport-drivers-yearly-united-states.jpg

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Bus Driver30,400 USD+8%
CDL Driver35,500 USD+26%
CDL Truck Driver33,100 USD+18%
Chauffeur37,200 USD+32%
Courier Coordinator47,000 USD+67%
Courier Sales Manager71,900 USD+160%
Deck Officer32,000 USD+14%
Delivery Driver27,100 USD-4%
Delivery Specialist34,900 USD+24%
Delivery Supervisor42,600 USD+51%
Dispatcher27,200 USD-3%
Driver28,200 USD+0%
Driving Instructor37,700 USD+34%
Goods Receiving Expediter30,000 USD+7%
Limousine Driver37,700 USD+34%
Parking Inspector36,600 USD+30%
School Bus Driver32,000 USD+14%
Shuttle Driver28,500 USD+1%
Taxi Driver30,100 USD+7%
Third Officer29,500 USD+5%
Train Driver33,100 USD+18%
Tram Driver30,200 USD+7%
Transport Officer30,000 USD+7%
Transportation and Shipping Supervisor42,500 USD+51%
Transportation Manager114,000 USD+300%
Truck Driver29,700 USD+5%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta28,200 USD
Austin32,500 USD
Baltimore28,700 USD
Boston30,700 USD
Bristol23,700 USD
Chicago33,000 USD
Cincinnati25,200 USD
Cleveland25,300 USD
Dallas32,100 USD
Denver29,500 USD
Detroit28,000 USD
Honolulu23,800 USD
Houston34,700 USD
Indianapolis30,500 USD
Iowa City23,700 USD
Jacksonville31,700 USD
Kansas City26,500 USD
Kent23,200 USD
Las Vegas28,700 USD
Long Beach27,500 USD
Los Angeles35,000 USD
Memphis30,300 USD
Miami27,900 USD
Minneapolis25,500 USD
New Orleans26,800 USD
New York34,200 USD
Oakland27,700 USD
Oklahoma City28,100 USD
Orlando25,400 USD
Philadelphia33,600 USD
Phoenix34,900 USD
Sacramento27,400 USD
San Antonio31,600 USD
San Diego31,000 USD
San Francisco31,700 USD
San Jose31,500 USD
Seattle30,000 USD
Tampa24,700 USD
Vancouver23,700 USD
Washington D.C.29,300 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama29,500 USD
Alaska26,600 USD
Arizona29,500 USD
Arkansas28,200 USD
California33,300 USD
Colorado28,000 USD
Connecticut28,100 USD
Delaware27,000 USD
District of Columbia24,600 USD
Florida31,700 USD
Georgia32,100 USD
Hawaii28,300 USD
Idaho26,500 USD
Illinois32,300 USD
Indiana31,800 USD
Iowa27,500 USD
Kansas28,400 USD
Kentucky30,200 USD
Louisiana28,200 USD
Maine26,800 USD
Maryland31,300 USD
Massachusetts29,200 USD
Michigan31,300 USD
Minnesota30,600 USD
Mississippi26,900 USD
Missouri29,800 USD
Montana27,200 USD
Nebraska26,200 USD
Nevada27,700 USD
New Hampshire27,400 USD
New Jersey29,700 USD
New Mexico27,300 USD
New York32,800 USD
North Carolina29,800 USD
North Dakota25,200 USD
Ohio32,100 USD
Oklahoma30,100 USD
Oregon28,200 USD
Pennsylvania32,300 USD
Rhode Island27,300 USD
South Carolina28,600 USD
South Dakota26,400 USD
Tennessee31,700 USD
Texas31,600 USD
Utah27,700 USD
Vermont26,500 USD
Virginia30,000 USD
Washington30,800 USD
West Virginia28,200 USD
Wisconsin28,800 USD
Wyoming25,200 USD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United States earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Statistics and Calculation Guide

What is considered to be a good and competitive salary for Driver in United States?

A good and competitive compensation would range anywhere between 25,200 USD and 28,400 USD. This is a very rough estimate and your experience and education will play a very huge part into your final earnings.

Gross Salary (before tax) and Net Salary (after tax)

All salary and compensation figures displayed here are gross salary figures, that is the salary before tax deductions. Because taxes may differ across sectors and locations, it is difficult to accurately calculate the net salart after tax for every career.

Base / Basic Salary

The base salary for Driver in United States is ranges from 21,100 USD to 28,400 USD. The base salary depends on many factors including experience and education. It is not easy to provide a figure with very little information, so take this range in a grain of salt.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Browse Salaries

Salary Increase Letters

Best Paying Jobs
Home Salary Comparison Arabic

©Salary Explorer 2023