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How Much Do Truck Drivers Make in Ohio?

Posted on: December 21, 2021

The average annual pay for a truck driver in Ohio is $47,814, according to a December 2021 article by ZipRecruiter. Ohio ranks 22nd out of 50 states in average trucker salaries, which falls in line with the cost of living in Ohio compared to other states.

How Much Can a Truck Driver Make?

Experience is where the money is when it comes to the trucking industry. In fact, ZipRecruiter reported that truck driver salaries vary greatly, as much as $22,400. This is due to the many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on experience, routes, safety and weekend bonuses, and other benefits.

How Do Truck Drivers Get Paid?

Cents per mile is the most common method of base pay for truck drivers. This allows for flexibility to suit their lifestyle and personal situations.

The cents per mile pay often varies depending on the type of driving position. For example, a regional driver typically operates in a specific part of the country while over-the-road (OTR) drivers may drive in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. A dedicated route driver typically has a consistent route and focuses on deliveries for a single company. 

How Much Do Truck Drivers at Classic Carriers Get Paid?

At Classic Carriers, we pay by the mile. Our company drivers have the option to choose from two pay packages, which include:

  • $.53 CPM base for all miles (we pay practical miles) + accessorials/bonuses + benefits (medical, vacation, holiday) + per diem + yearly pay increases + longevity bonus.


  • $.63 CPM all miles (we pay practical miles) + accessorials/bonuses (no health insurance, no vacation pay, no holiday pay) + per diem + longevity bonus.

As a company driver, we have various route options that include OTR, local, set route and part-time. 

Classic Carrier OTR truckers drive routes in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. Our local drivers transport loads from within a 100-mile radius of our Versailles, Ohio headquarters, while our route drivers, also called set routine or dedicated drivers, run the same routes to the same clients according to a predetermined daily, weekly or monthly schedule.

We also have the option to be a part-time OTR truck driver. These drivers pick up work on the days and times that work best with their personal schedules.

How to Start Your Career at No Cost

One of the biggest benefits to take advantage of in the trucking industry is starting your career with a company that offers paid tuition for truck driving school and then offers employment.

At Classic Carriers, our truck driver training program is fully paid and offers additional incentives.

The program begins with the four-week truck driving course at an approved school to earn a CDL. Tuition is fully paid by Classic Carriers, along with attendees receiving a $250 weekly incentive.

After graduating and earning a CDL, the new driver begins an eight-week paid driver training program at Classic Carriers. The new driver is paired with a Classic Carriers’ driver trainer who has been handpicked by our safety department. 

After eight weeks, the new driver comes on board as a solo company driver. Learn more on how to join the Classic Carriers Truck Driver Training Program.

Ready to Start Earning a Living with Classic Carriers?

Now is a great time to make the switch to Classic Carriers. You can earn an $8,000 sign-on bonus if you have 2 or more years of experience.

If you are considering starting or switching careers to become a truck driver, join the Classic Carriers Truck Driver Training Program.

Driven By the Best

At Classic Carriers, we have a driver turnover rate of less than 30%. Riders and pets are allowed in trucks! We are proud to be a family-owned and operated company that treats our team of dedicated drivers like family. Contact a recruiter today!

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