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How Much is Truck Driver Training?

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Here towards the end of 2022, CDL-A truck driver training programs vary considerably in cost from between about $2,000-$8000.

As reference, we researched the cost of programs at trucking schools in our network, and also non-partner schools listed in our directory. Since the next page you’ll probably want is the financial aid info page, there it is.

A Good Investment?

When compared to other types of education, truck driver training has one of the highest rates of return. For a very affordable investment, entry level salaries can be between $40,000-50,ooo. In some areas of the U.S. maybe even more.

The average annual pay is about $55,990, and the top 10 percent of truckers earned $76,780 or more . That’s according to the BLS, whose most recent statistics are for 2023.

People who opt for a traditional university degree can easily rack up thousands of dollars in debt in student loans. In addition, the traditional college career path takes at least four years to graduate.

Even after spending four years completing a Bachelor’s degree, most entry-level positions for recent college graduates pay about the same as truck driving jobs.

Quick Path to a Good Salary

In just a few short weeks, you can be in a new career earning a real salary for less than you think. Most truck drivers are able to pay off their truck driving school costs in less than one year. Some of the top companies offer paid CDL training situations as well. On top of that, many motor carriers will help their employees pay off their loans through a tuition reimbursement program.

Different Schools, Different Choices

While each program is unique, the schools offer different ways to make the program work for every student. All of our schools have some form of tuition assistance, WIA, Carrier Tuition Reimbursement and VA benefits. Some even have Pell Grants and Guaranteed Student Loan programs.

Regardless of truck driving school costs, every school in our network is devoted to helping you get the greatest return on your educational investment. Fill out our application to connect with a school now.

Example Job with Paid CDL Training

CDL-A Truck Driver – No Experience Required – Paid Training


TMC is hiring entry level CDL A truck drivers near Syracuse, NY.

TMC is hiring entry level CDL-A truck drivers near Syracuse, NY. Get paid while you train and there are no upfront costs to you.


  • Health Insurance (Medical, Dental, and Vision)
  • Latest model Peterbilt equipment
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
  • Home Weekends – our flatbed drivers typically run within a 1,200-mile radius of their home


  • CDL Learners permit from your state of residence
  • No recent DOT-reportable accidents or DUIs
  • Military experience equivalency may substitute for some requirements


  • Drivers average $88,000 annually, $1,300 – $1,500 per week

No Out of Pocket Costs for Training

Despite being one of the top quality training programs, TMC does not require students to pay up front. A commitment to drive for TMC for at least one year allows you the opportunity to get your CDL without the burden of tuition. You will have transportation to our facilities, housing, and some meals covered for you. During the entire training process, you receive $500 per week.

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