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Truck-Driver Pay Rose 11% Amid Strong Freight Demand Last Year

Trucking companies hired about 73,000 workers in the 12 months ended in July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PHOTO: CURTIS COMPTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The American Trucking Associations says average compensation neared $70,000 as companies raised wages, boosted bonuses

Wages for truck drivers rose at a double-digit pace last year as companies laid out hefty salaries, bonuses and benefits packages to recruit workers in a market marked by tight labor conditions and high freight demand.

The American Trucking Associations said in its annual salary survey that average wages for drivers of big rigs, from those working in for-hire commercial long-haul markets to employees at in-house fleets managed by companies like Walmart Inc., Sysco Corp. and PepsiCo Inc., reached about $69,700 last year, up 11% from the previous year.

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