Dump Truck Driver Jobs: Salary and Career Facts

Learn about average hourly wages and median annual salaries for dump truck drivers nationwide. Get details on education and licensing requirements and find out about typical job duties. Schools offering Supply Chain Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Does a Dump Truck Driver Do?

Dump truck drivers move large amounts of material to and from places, such as construction sites and road work sites. Dump trucks may dispose of old debris and bring new material to a project. Dump trucks have a movable body to easily unload material, such as sand, gravel and crushed stone. In some cases, drivers are responsible for truck maintenance.

How Can I Prepare for This Job?

To be a dump truck driver, you'll need to be in good shape; some jobs may require the ability to lift up to 100 pounds. You should also have a good driving record. Employers and technical schools offering training may require you to pass vision and drug screening tests. You'll need to be 18 years old, though some employers may prefer candidates who are at least 21.

What Kind of Education Do I Need?

Based on job listings on CareerBuilder.com in March 2011, a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for this job. Drivers also need a commercial driver's license. Many technical schools and community colleges offer training programs to help you master the skills and knowledge needed to obtain this license. Such programs can be completed in several days to several weeks, depending on the school. Most of your training will take place behind the wheel; you may also receive training in basic maintenance and safety procedures.

Many training programs prepare you for licensing exams that lead to both Class A and Class B commercial licenses. The Class A license is for big trucks such as rigs and trailers; the Class B license applies to straight trucks, such as delivery trucks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), drivers transporting hazardous materials often need further training and licensing (www.bls.gov).

How Much Money Could I Earn?

PayScale.com reported on Feb. 28, 2011 that the middle-half of dump truck drivers earned an hourly wage between $12.43 and $17.48, not including overtime. The annual salary range for the middle-half of dump truck drivers - including profit sharing and bonuses - was between $28,314 and $42,960. The BLS notes that heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers earned a median annual wage of $37,730 in 2009.

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