Average Pay for UPS Tractor Trailer Drivers

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The United Parcel Service (UPS) is a shipping and logistics company that has locations in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. This international company employs millions of people, including the easily recognized brown-uniform-wearing truck drivers. UPS employs a wide variety of truck drivers, including many types of professional trailer-tractor drivers.

Types of Tractor-Trailer Driving Jobs

UPS has many different types of tractor-trailer truck-driving positions. The Package Operations Tractor-Trailer position is comprised of driving a tractor trailer to one or more destinations and then returning to the same workplace in one work shift. The UPS Freight Full-Time Road Driver position involves driving freight to two or more service centers. The UPS Freight Full-Time City Driver position includes daily pickups and deliveries of freight from commercial and residential customers on a set route. The UPS Freight Truckload Full-Time Domestic Driver position requires driving a tractor-trailer to deliver freight shipments all over the U.S., and these types of drivers are usually on the road for two or three weeks at a time.


All tractor-trailer driving positions pay around $30 per hour as of June 2011. Some areas of the U.S. pay these drivers around $29 per hour while tractor-trailer drivers in other areas earn around $33 per hour. In certain parts of the U.S., UPS drivers are part of work unions. In the areas that are union based, the union influences the pay. Most drivers work 40-hour work weeks for part of the year, and then must work 60 plus hours during peak seasons when they receive time and a half in overtime pay.


UPS offers benefits to both part-time and full-time employees, including truck drivers. Some common UPS benefits include health and dental insurance, paid vacation and sick days, company stock options and retirement or pension plans. UPS also offers a college tuition reimbursement program to truck driver employees.

Job Requirements

Prospective tractor-trailer drivers must meet specific requirements. All tractor-trailer drivers must pass a UPS road test, Department of Transportation (DOT) physical and drug screening test. They also must have a valid commercial driver’s license and clean driving record. Freight drivers must meet all of the preceding qualifications as well as have a valid, unrestricted Class A commercial driver’s license with twin trailer and hazardous materials endorsements. They also must have a minimum of one year tractor-trailer experience and be at least 23 years and six months of age. All UPS drivers must wear the company-issued standard uniform and meet all company appearance standards, which include no beards, no visible tattoos and no earrings for men.