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How Much Do Truck Driver Dispatchers Make?

Truck driver dispatchers arrange for what drivers carry in their vehicles, where they go and when they perform their duties, using radios, phones or computers. They base their decisions on the availability of personnel and transportation, and the urgency of the shipment. Their salaries depend on the type of trucking they handle.


The nation’s 33,770 truck driver dispatchers earned a mean $39,860 per year, or $19.17 per hour, as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Their compensation was slightly higher than the average $37,910 yearly, or $18.23 hourly, earned by all 182,310 dispatchers for non-emergency transportation. It was also slightly greater than the pay for emergency dispatchers, which was a mean $37,460 per year, or $18.01 per hour. As an industry comparison, tractor-trailer drivers earned a mean $40,700 yearly, or $19.57 hourly; light truck drivers averaged an annual $34,340, or $16.51 per hour; and driver/sales workers made a mean $32,210 per year, or $15.49 per hour.

General Freight

In general freight trucking, the 24,390 dispatchers earned a mean $39,850 yearly, or $19.16 per hour. The North American Industry Classification System of the U.S. Department of Commerce classifies this industry as covering many commodities that are put on pallets and transported in container trailers. Dispatchers schedule local pickups and deliveries, transportation to sorting and distribution terminals, and long-distance transportation between cities and states. They must have good people skills for dealing with managers, drivers and customers, and excellent organization to manage schedules, records and vehicles.

Specialized Freight

Dispatchers for specialized freight trucking made a mean $39,900 yearly, or $19.18 hourly. Because the goods transported in this industry have an unusual size, shape or weight, they require specialized equipment such as tankers, flatbeds or refrigerated trailers. They may be potentially hazardous, such as with chemicals, or be perishable, such as with fruits. Interestingly, the category includes the transportation of used furniture, such as with moving companies. Verbal communication skills are important in a profession that demands relaying orders to drivers. Writing ability is also needed for preparing work orders and recording daily activities.


They receive their training on company policies, using communications equipment, and dealing with trucking emergencies from more experienced employees or from supervisors. ONET also sees jobs increasing at an average rate from 10 to 19 percent through 2020. Demand in the trucking industry will increase because a growing population and a growing economy means purchasing more goods that require transportation. Source:
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