Trucker Wages Expected to Climb With Seasonal Sales

by Jake Tully - Published: 8/30/2017

Although it may be the end of August as the year heads into the beginning of the fall season, many industries, including trucking, are already feeling growth due to seasonal hires.

According to job site Glassdoor, the United States saw its annual mean base pay in the United States grow 2.0 percent year over year in August of this year, reaching $51,556.

For the trucking industry, Glassdoor reports this growth has been estimated at 5.7 percent to $52, 079 in August as more truckers are needed to haul the influx of consumer goods for the upcoming seasonal retail period.

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Glassdoor reports that “truck driver” is the job with the fastest pay growth percent increase in the country from August 2016 – August 2017 is leading “barista” and “insurance agent” for the American job market.

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist of Glassdoor, reports that truckers may continue to see an increase in pay in the seasonal retail period in the last quarter of 2017 despite some perceived industry trepidation regarding autonomous vehicles.

"We continue to see pay growth rise for truck drivers, in part because of increased demand for the rapid transport of consumer retail goods that have been purchased online,” said Chamberlain. While there is some concern that in the future self-driving trucks may negatively impact truck driver jobs, it's not happening today, and there is still a high demand for actual people in the driver's seat.”

Glassdoor reports that industries where automation is currently occurring have seen a decline in wage growth.