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Truck driver age creeping up, retirement plans on the back burner for many

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Updated Mar 28, 2023

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This is one of three installments in CCJ's What Drivers Want series. Two other articles in the series are "The truck and equipment specs drivers prefer" and "Pay and respect top influences on why drivers leave a carrier". You can download the full results of our What Drivers Want report here

The American Trucking Associations estimates the average age of over-the-road truck drivers is 46; however, the results of CCJ's most recent What Drivers Want survey – a poll of more than 800 leased owner-operators and company drivers – suggests a 46-year-old driver might be the spring chicken among his or her peer group. 

Nearly 70% of survey respondents had more than 20 years of experience (69%). No other experience group (16-20 years, 11-15 years, 6-10 years and 5 years or less) reached 10%. This translated to an average age of 60 years old among survey respondents, a mean age of 58 and a mode of 62. 

Drivers 55 and older ranked saving for retirement their no. 2 concern. Topping the list at 25% each was paying bills each month and health. Retirement savings was the no. 3 concern for the 35-54 age group, but the youngest group (up to 34 years old) assigned it no priority to the tune of 0%.