Typical over-the-road, dry van driving jobs will tend to be on the lower end of the truck driver's pay scale, but are excellent starting points for new drivers to establish their career.
Some regional, local, and dedicated jobs may pay a little higher, or offer more attractive perks for drivers, and generally the greater the hassle or risk, the higher the pay.
The real high-paying jobs are in the specialized & niche market-type jobs, like log trucks & car carriers, and even things like driving for NASCAR racing teams, or tour buses and trucks for music artists and other traveling performers.
Safe drivers who run hard can make an excellent salary in general, even if they're only in a OTR dry van position.
That said, there are certain types of jobs and scenarios that will push that salary higher, from extra pay for things like tarping, etc., to specialized jobs like cattle haulers and logging trailers, and of course ice-road trucking.
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