Tractor-Trailer Driver

Tractor-trailer drivers are commercial drivers who are trained to transport goods from one location to another. The distance they travel to bring livestock andor various types of products and materials is usually long – and sometimes across the country. According to the website www.careerdepot.org tractor-trailer drivers are responsible for knowing how to handle and maneuver a tractor-trailer for following instructions at weigh stations and for maintaining logs of their driving hours. They must also maintain their tractor-trailer by inspecting it securing its load and putting chains on its tires during snowy and icy weather. Tractor-trailer drivers are also commonly referred to as “truckers” and “long-haul drivers” and they can be seen driving on interstate highways at all times of the day and night. Tractor-trailer drivers are experienced at driving during nighttime hours because they usually plan to drive through congested cities during the least popular driving times. Because they travel long distances and must continuously make trips from one location to another tractor-trailer drivers spend a considerable amount of time away from home. In order to become a tractor-trailer driver a commercial driver’s license must be earned as well as a high school diploma or the equivalent. Also a test administered by US Department of Transportation must be passed. The exam is called the “Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations” exam – which must be re-taken and passed every two years. In addition to driving tractor-trailer drivers must also be experienced at loading and unloading their cargo. The website www.payscale.com lists the annual salary range for tractor-trailer drivers between $21233 and $83528 – with the highest salaries going to those with the most years of experience.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $52380.5
High Salary: $83528
Low Salary: $21233
Tasks: Makes sure their tractor-trailer is in good working order.
Secures cargo.
Drives livestock or products over long distances.
Maintains a driving log.
Also Called: Truck Driver
Flatbed Driver
Trucker
Commercial Driver
Additional Resources: http://www.careerdepot.org/Descriptions/job_tractor_trailer.htm
http://www.ehow.com/about_5465577_tractortrailer-driver-job-description.html
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Truck_Driver%2c_Heavy_%2f_Tractor-Trailer/Salary