highest paying trucking jobs
31 August


Do You Want to Become a Professional Truck driver? Or are you currently a truck driver looking for a trucking job where you can earn more? If so, you probably want to know about the highest-paying trucking jobs. In this article, we will discuss some of the highest-paying CDL trucking jobs in 2022 with their potential pay. Before getting started, it’s important to note that the average pay of these trucking jobs can be different from state to state. 

Highest Paying Trucking Jobs

  • Hazmat Truck Driving

Hazmat truck driving is considered one of the most lucrative trucking jobs nowadays. It involves domestic hauling corrosive, explosive, flammable, and hazardous materials. If you’re a fresh truck driver, you may have to get certain training and skills to be a hazmat truck driver. However, if you have been in the trucking position for 2 to 3 years, you can level up your pay potential by joining a hazmat trucking job. As hauling toxic and hazardous materials requires special care and protocols, hazmat truck drivers must adhere to the rules and regulations of the public’s health and safety more strictly than other drivers. According to reliable trucking forums, hazmat truck drivers can make up to $91296 a year, which is more than a handsome amount. 

  • Ice Road Truck Driving

Where ice road trucking is considered risky, ice road truck drivers earn far more than other drivers. According to truckdriversalary.com, the average pay of an ice road truck driver can go up to $250000 per season. Ice road truck drivers are responsible for transporting freight over pure ice in winter. One of the most attractive features of ice road trucking is that it allows you to work in other trucking positions as well as an average ice road trucking season last for 2 months only. 

  • Tanker Hauling 

Tanker haulers are specialized truck drivers responsible for transporting tankers filled with liquids and gases. As you know, liquid or gas is characterized as unstable cargo, due to which tanker hauler drivers must have an endorsement on their CDL license to haul it. You must be capable of maintaining excellent driving records, awareness of essential safety standards, skills to carefully load and unload the tanker, and ensuring compliance with rules and regulations to be a good tanker hauler. The transportation difficulty makes tanker hauling one of the most lucrative trucking jobs in the industry, making a truck driver earn up to $99500 a year. 

  • Long-haul truck driving

Long-haul truck drivers are responsible for transporting loads over longer distances, mostly from one region to the other. A long-haul driver may travel thousands of miles to make a single shipment delivery. They often stay on the road for days to weeks, depending on the overall distance to the delivery destination. That’s the reason long-haul driving is one of the highest-paying trucking jobs. The average salary of a long-haul driver is around $72831 a year, which is far higher than local and regional drivers. The job description of a long-haul truck driver includes route planning, record maintenance related to freight pickup, stops, and miles driven and vehicle maintenance during transit. 

  • Overweight/Oversized Load Hauling

Oversized load haulers are specially trained and licensed truck drivers who transport loads above legal weight and size limits. Generally, any load that is more than 12 feet high or 8.5 feet wide is considered an oversize load. Heavy machinery, vehicles, and boots lie in the category of oversized loads. Oversized load haulers use special trucking equipment accompanied by escort vehicles to transport such loads. As oversized load hauling involves a high transportation difficulty, this trucking job often pays higher. A oversized load driver can earn up to $175500 a year depending on the load’s nature and delivery frequency. 

  • Owner Operator Driver

Where most truck drivers seek jobs in trucking companies, some drivers prefer to be their own boss by starting their own trucking business. If this interests you, there’s a high pay potential waiting for you in this field. According to Indeed.com, an owner-operator driver can easily make around $221000 per year, which is a handsome amount of money at least.

This article was distributed by Datla Logistics. Datla logistics is a freight dispatching company providing dispatching services to owner operators and fleet carriers.