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Truckers Report

Welcome to the TruckersReport Ultimate Industry Guide for 2011 - everything you need to get started in trucking or advance your existing career. Here we've listed the salaries you can expect across the country, the best states for earning, fuel prices, which companies are hiring, local CDL institutions and more.

Average Trucking Salaries By State

It's interesting to note that there is very little correlation between average state earnings and trucker's salaries - for instance, Alaska and Hawaii are among the lowest earning states for truckers, but both are in the top ten highest for general earnings. Similarly, the average Mississippian household only brings in $36,650 (the lowest in the country), but it's the top place for truckers who average $68,000 a year.


State Wages
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State Wages
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State Wages
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State Wages
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Hawaii $40,000 Kansas $48,000 Ohio $50,000 Missouri $55,000
Alaska $42,000 Oklahoma $48,000 Florida $50,000 Vermont $55,000
Wisconsin $44,000 South Carolina $48,000 Arkansas $51,000 Connecticut $55,000
Idaho $45,000 North Carolina $48,000 Montana $52,000 Illinois $56,000
Nebraska $45,000 Louisiana $49,000 North Dakota $52,000 Indiana $56,000
Arizona $46,000 Michigan $49,000 Virginia $53,000 Alabama $56,000
Colarado $46,000 Maine $49,000 New Hampshire $53,000 West Virgin $58,000
Washington $47,000 Delaware $49,000 Rhode Island $53,000 Massachusetts $59,000
New Mexico $47,000 Oregon $50,000 New Jersey $53,000 Washington $59,000
South Dak $47,000 Texas $50,000 Maryland $53,000 New York $60,000
Pennsylvania $47,000 Minnesota $50,000 Kentucky $54,000 Wyoming $61,000
Nevada $48,000 Iowa $50,000 Georgia $54,000 Mississipi $68,000
Utah $48,000 Tennessee $50,000 California $55,000

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Data compiled, with thanks, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

National Average Salaries by Speciality

Average US national Salaries of full-time drivers
Boat haulers $34,000 Household goods drivers $54,000
Vocational drivers $35,000 Local drivers $55,000
Dry van $44,000 Tanker drivers $55,000
Reefer drivers $46,000 Auto haulers $59,000
Team drivers $51,000 Flat bed $60,000
Interstate drivers $53,000 Regional drivers $67,000
Dry bulk pneumatic $53,000 LTL drivers $84,000

Data compiled from Indeed.com

Break Down of Best States for Truck Driver Earnings

Below is a breakdown of the best states for earning a living with trucking jobs based on national averages. Click on each tab to see salary details, companies hiring in the state and institutes offering commercial license training.

Also included are links direct to the recruitment portal of each company (in addition to CDL training websites, where possible).


Mississippi Average Salary: $68,000

Average Salary: $68,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.46
Mild - $3.59
Premium - $3.59
Diesel - $3.78

Trucking Schools in Mississippi:

East Central Cc Truck Driving Training (601-635-2111)
East Mississippi Community College (662-243-1949)
Holmes Cc Truck Driver Training (662-472-2312)
NW Mississippi Community College, Olive Branch (662-895-7600)
NW Mississippi Community College, Senatobia (662-562-3200)
Itawamba Community College (601-680-8509)

Companies Hiring in Mississippi:

Dillon Transport (Recruitment: 601-787-3010)

Pay details: $1000 per week average

Average Miles per Week: 2,500

Notes: Minimum 2 years of experience. Pays weekly.


Celadon Trucking (Recruitment: 800-729-9770)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Check for team hire in Mississippi. Minimum 9 months of experience.


Heartland Express (Recruitment: 800-441-4953)

Pay details: Starting around $0.40 per mile

Average Miles per Week: 2,200 to 2,500

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. Hires teams (for double mileage). Bonus for HAZMAT


Other Resources:

Mississippi Trucking Association



Wyoming Average Salary: $61,000

Average Salary: $61,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.27
Mild - $3.36
Premium - $3.45
Diesel - $3.84

Trucking Schools in Wyoming:

Sage Truck Driving School, Casper (1-800-307-0242)
Sage Truck Driving School, Cheyenne (1-800-307-0242)

Companies Hiring in Wyoming:

Giltner, Inc. (Recruitment: 877-445-8637)

Pay details: $1000 per week average

Average Miles per Week: 2,500

Notes: Minimum 2 years of experience. No DUI or felony.


Hunt Transportation (Recruitment: 888-228-9685)

Pay details: Between $0.39 and $0.42 per mile

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. Has rider programs. Debt-free company.


Swift Transportation (Recruitment: 866-902-0940)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week:1,500

Notes: No minimum experience. Lenient on DUI/Felony. One day home time for every six out.


Other Resources:

Wyoming Trucking Association


New York Average Salary: $60,000

Average Salary: $60,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.75
Mild - $3.87
Premium - $3.98
Diesel - $4.19

Trucking Schools in New York:

Advanced Truck Driving School, Levittown (516 735-0217)
All Star Driving School, Albany (518-459-4952)
Sunny Truck Driving School, (718-353-6745)

Companies Hiring in New York:

Arrow Critical Supply Solutions (Recruitment: 516-487-0800)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 2,500 to 3,500

Notes: Minimum 3 years of experience. Hires teams (estimated at 5,000 to 6,000 miles per week). Owner operators only.


George Hildebrandt Inc (Recruitment: 518-851-3022)

Pay details: Variable, pays weekly

Average Miles per Week: 1,800 to 2,600

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. Has rider programs. Debt-free company.


Swift Transportation (Recruitment: 866-902-0940)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 1,800 to 2,600

Notes: Minimum 2 years of experience. 100% fuel surcharge to owner operators.


Other Resources:

New York State Motor Truck Association


Washington DC Average Salary: $59,000

Average Salary: $59,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.65
Mild - $3.77
Premium - $3.87
Diesel - $4.11

Trucking Schools in Washington DC:

Brentwood Commercial Driver's License Center (311-737-4404)

FFE (Recruitment: 1-800-569-9232)

Pay details: $0.31 and up. $0.38 for teams

Average Miles per Week: 2,500

Notes: No experience necessary - has driving school. Van and reefer haulage. Sign up bonus may apply.


Heartland Express (Recruitment: 800-441-4953)

Pay details: Starting around $0.40 per mile

Average Miles per Week: 2,200 to 2,500

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. HAZMAT preferred. Hires teams.


Other Resources:

Washington Trucking Association


Massachusetts Average Salary: $59,000

Average Salary: $59,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.50
Mild - $3.63
Premium - $3.74
Diesel - $3.98

Trucking Schools in Massachusetts:

Allied Career School, Methuen (603-685-0205)
Amaral Truck Driving School, Westport (508-324-0551)

Companies Hiring in Massachusetts:

Eastern Freight Ways (Recruitment: 800-428-6193 ext. 234)

Pay details: $915 weekly average for flatbed plus benefits.

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Flatbed and vans. 95% of weekends off.


Heartland Express (Recruitment: 800-441-4953)

Pay details: Starting around $0.40 per mile

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. HAZMAT preferred. Hires teams.


Other Resources:

Massachusetts Motor Transportation Association


West Virginia Average Salary: $58,000

Average Salary: $58,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.48
Mild - $3.62
Premium - $3.75
Diesel - $3.82

Trucking Schools in West Virginia:

Boone Country Trucking School, Danville (304-85-5045)
Pia Trucking Program, Dunbar (304-766-7332)
Pia Trucking Program, Clarksburg (304-624-6666)

Companies Hiring in West Virginia:

RAM Nationwide, Inc (Recruitment: 513-821-0010)

Pay details: Around $0.37 per mile DOE

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Local fleets available. Minimum 2 years experience. No DUI or felony.


J&R Schugel, Inc (Recruitment: 800-359-0101)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 2,200 to 2,500

Notes: Minimum six months of experience. Reefer and dry van. Home weekly.


Other Resources:

West Virginia Trucking Association


Alabama Average Salary: $56,000

Average Salary: $56,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.46
Mild - $3.60
Premium - $3.74
Diesel - $3.81

Trucking Schools in Alabama:

Alabama Drivers Academy, Eastaboga (888-703-7483)
Alabama Drivers Academy, Theodore (888-414-7483)
John M Patterson State Technical College, Montgomery (334-288-1080)
Bevill State Community College, Sumiton (800-648-3271)

Companies Hiring in Alabama:

Ceva Ground (Recruitment: 888-862-4593)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 2,500 (5,000 for teams)

Notes: Van owner operators only. Must have HAZMAT. Hires teams.


YRC Glen Moore, Inc (Recruitment: 888-468-3748)

Pay details: Company driver variable. Owner operator around $0.92 per mile

Average Miles per Week: 2,500 (5,500 for teams)

Notes: No experience necessary. Sign on bonus may apply.


Melton Truck Lines (Recruitment: 877-462-3528)

Pay details: Starts at $0.34

Average Miles per Week: 2,200 to 2,500

Notes: Offers flatbed experience. Paid orientation. Rider programs for spouse, children and pets.


Other Resources:

Alabama Trucking Association


Indiana Average Salary: $56,000

Average Salary: $56,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.60
Mild - $3.69
Premium - $3.80
Diesel - $3.93

Trucking Schools in Indiana:

Commercial Driver Training Consultants, Indianapolis (317-545-6852)

Companies Hiring in Indiana:

Hornady Transportation LLC (Recruitment: 800-441-4271)

Pay details: $0.39 to $0.42 per mile

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: $2,000 sign on bonus may apply. Orientation pay. Minimum 6 months of experience. No teams.


FFE (Recruitment: 1-800-569-9232)

Pay details: $0.31 and up. $0.38 for teams

Average Miles per Week: 2,500

Notes: No experience necessary - has driving school. Van and reefer haulage. Sign up bonus may apply.


Shaffer Trucking (Recruitment: 800-998-2221)

Pay details: $0.37 to $0.43

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Minimum 6 months experience. Must live within 50 miles of Indianapolis. Hires teams and owner operators.


Other Resources:

Indiana Motor Truck Association


Illinois Average Salary: $56,000

Average Salary: $56,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.65
Mild - $3.68
Premium - $3.89
Diesel - $3.92

Trucking Schools in Illinois:

Star Truck Driving School, four sites in Illinois (630-236-7200)
John Wood Community College, Quincy (217-641-4309)
Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby (815-224-2720)

Companies Hiring in Illinois:

Core Carrier Corporation (Recruitment: 888-454-2673)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 2,400 to 2,800

Notes: $1,800 sign on bonus may apply. Orientation pay. Minimum one year of experience. No teams.


J&R Schugel, Inc (Recruitment: 800-359-0101)

Pay details:Variable

Average Miles per Week: 2,200 to 2,500

Notes: Minimum six months of experience. Reefer and dry van. Home weekly.


Heartland Express (Recruitment: 800-441-4953)

Pay details: Starting around $0.40 per mile

Average Miles per Week: Variable

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. HAZMAT preferred. Hires teams.


Other Resources:

Illinois Trucking Association


Connecticut Average Salary: $55,000

Average Salary: $55,000

Fuel Prices

Fuel Prices:
Regular - $3.75
Mild - $3.86
Premium - $3.98
Diesel - $4.12

Trucking Schools in Connecticut:

Allstate Commercial Driver Training, Shelton (203-922-8252)
AB CDL Driver Training Center, Waterford (866-354-4048)

Companies Hiring in Connecticut:

George Hildebrandt Inc (Recruitment: 518-851-3022)

Pay details: Variable, pays weekly

Average Miles per Week: 1,800 to 2,600

Notes: Minimum one year of experience. Has rider programs. Debt-free company.


Swift Transportation (Recruitment: 866-902-0940)

Pay details: Variable

Average Miles per Week: 1,800 to 2,600

Notes: Minimum 2 years of experience. 100% fuel surcharge to owner operators.


FFE (Recruitment: 1-800-569-9232)

Pay details: $0.31 and up. $0.38 for teams

Average Miles per Week: 2,500

Notes: No experience necessary - has driving school. Van and reefer haulage. Sign up bonus may apply.


Other Resources:

Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, Inc





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Truck Job - Steer Your Driver Career In Local Trucking and Find Dump Truck Driving Jobs With Training


Trucking Jobs - No Room For Softies


Trucking jobs are for the tough. Truck drivers must have the staying power to put in long hours of work and to go the distance driving interstate, say, from the western US Los Angeles, California, down to Austin, Dallas or Houston, Texas, up to Kansas, Missouri, southeast to Birmingham, Alabama, then further down to Tampa or Jacksonville, Florida, then up to Cleveland, Ohio and Michigan. Some companies, like CT Express and Hot Shot Logistics, even go overseas from the USA to as far as across Canada, such as in Toronto, Alberta and Ontario, or the whole of North America. This is what they call OTR or Over The Road trucking. These Herculean jobs are paying considerable basic salaries and a number of companies reward a punctual delivery and remarkable safety record with a bonus. Another way for drivers to increase their rates is by working overtime. Truckers get paid on a per mile basis, sometimes on a per hour basis, with an hourly rate estimate of $14.33.

Requirements For Truck Driver Jobs


You must have the muscle to carry heavy loads, a good eye sight to watch the road, a satisfactory driving record and a Commercial Driver's License or CDL in order to land a truck driver job. The safety of the company's resources: the truck you will be driving and the company's or their client's products (what is contained in the truck) are placed in your hands when you get hired as a trucker. For this reason, companies prefer responsible drivers: drivers with no speeding, moving or driving violations. Experience is a big plus, but drivers who have experience as felons may have a hard time landing a trucker job especially when moving high-risk items. For instance, Garda (some mistakenly spell it as Guarda) Cash Logistics, Brinks and Dunbar, are leading players in the armored car business transporting money and other valuables, catering to banks and other financial institutions, implement extensive criminal and other background checks for the security of their business before they entrust their trucks to new hands.

If you are an inexperienced driver, consider looking for truck driving jobs with training since courses can cost a lot especially for a newbie who is not earning any income yet.

How To Find Truck Driving Jobs With Training


While you can pay for your training yourself, you can actually get a truck driving job that takes care of your training. To find these jobs, consider the following tips:

  • Ask Truck Drivers. The best source of information on truck driving openings with training is from the drivers with CDL, especially if they themselves went through such training. Ask them how they got their training and inquire about the best schools to get trained that they know of. If need be, offer them a fee for the information. This is a cheap price to pay rather than paying the course yourself.

  • Get In Touch With Truck Driving Schools and Companies To Refer You To Truck Driving Jobs With Training. Hunt for these schools and companies either through an online search or through a local directory. They would know of driving opportunities and they would be willing to tell you because when you get the job, you become their student.

  • Finish All The Required Classes. Of course, you wll not get the job if you do not complete all the requisite classes so attend and learn from each class until the end.

  • Stay With The Company For The Required Duration. There are companies that offer training at no cost provided you stay with them for, say, one year. Some require a payment of a little less than $2000 if you stay for just a month.


  • What Could You Be Hauling In A Truck Driver Job


    As long as commerce thrives in the USA, products continue to be transported to various states, even as far as Canada. So be prepared to eat the alphabet soup of the trucking business with ingredients like AZ, CT, CA, GA, FL, NC, NJ, PA, TX, etc. You can either work for a company mainly engaged in providing trucking services to other companies, or you can also serve as a truck driver to certain businesses needing truckers to man their own company trucks to haul their products. There are so many companies benefiting from the services of truckers such as those in the apparel, food, banking and hotel business. Hospitals, and even the government also need trucking services. Forwarding companies, such as UPS and Fedex need you to dispatch their clients' mails.

    You can work for Walmart and transport computers, clothing or what have you, for Dreyers and deliver ice cream, for a brewery and transport beer, for a garbage management and disposal company and move trash, for a petroleum company and convey gas on a tanker, for Chevy and transport automobiles, for Oshkosh and convey Pepsi products, and so on. A driver transporting what they call hazmat or hazardous materials may be receive greater compensation since he runs the risk of compromising his health. It could be anything.

    Companies Offering Truck Jobs


    Some companies where you may land a driver job include:

  • Conway. This corporation supplies surface freight transportation for commercial, industrial, manufacturing, retail and manufacturing companies in North America. It also provides regional and national truckload transportation.

  • Schneider National, Inc. This company boasts of van, flatbed, tanker, refrigerated and heavy haul equipment that can be used to convey items across the USA and Europe.

  • Loomis. Operating in the US and Europe, this armored service car provider offer secure transportation, physical cash management and technical services with innovative ways to reduce the risks of transporting cash.

  • KBR. If driving across North America does not sound adventurous enough to you, working for one of the world's leading government services contractors may be what you are looking for. This carrier provides construction, engineering and military support services that includes driving in Iraq and Australia.

  • JB Hunt. A JB Hunt Dedicated position is a hot job for truckers who want to be home each night. Getting into this job contract allows you to predict your trip schedule, more time at home, and you can interact with customers. Local, regional and OTR openings are available.

  • Swift Transportation Corporation. For an inexperienced driver, completing the course in the Swift Driving Academy of this company makes landing an entry level position in the truck driving industry easy. He needs to shell out $3,900 for this but will be reimbursed after 26 consecutive months of working for the company.

  • Hot Shot Trucking. If you do not wish to be employed by these companies, you can launch your hauling business using your own truck. Or you may also seek a truck driver job from owner operator truck companies. These are run by owner operators needing more drivers to form their team if they own two or more trucks. One perk of going independent is you can custom design your truck to your liking, a cool camo paint, or a two-tone painting job perhaps.


  • Local Truck Driving Jobs


    With so much products to transport and so much miles to cover across the US, career opportunities in trucking are available nationwide. Look into your own state and you will find one. As far as Alaska, Atlanta, California, North and South Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, wherever.

    Other Local Trucking Jobs


    There are also other job opportunities in the industry that are non-truck driving, such as truck mechanic, diesel fleet mechanic, as mentioned earlier, and heavy equipment loader. A good fallback for veterans in the business at the brink of their career but may want to take it slow would be as a recruiter. If you have skills in these jobs, then also consider these openings.

    Dump Truck Driving Jobs And More


    You have many babies to choose from in your truck driving career besides the flatbed truck. You can operate a forklift, a tanker, a rig, a straight truck, an articulated truck, a semi, garbage truck or other class A and B vehicles. You can also be a tow truck operator. You may also prefer to drive a dump truck. The automatic tilting features of a dump truck is very serviceable to a construction or mining company so learn these skills if you plan to work there. Waste disposal companies also need dump truck drivers. What you will be driving depends on the company you work for and the products that they haul or the clients that they serve. But be reasonable, you cannot expect to drive a monster truck, unless you are hired for entertainment. Besides the vehicle you will be driving, job descriptions will also vary due to the differences in the nature of the job and skills needed. Part of the job description of an armored van driver may also include posing as a security guard, a duty that is not common in other truck driving jobs. With all the goods to deliver, miles to cover and truck companies hiring, you can certainly land a truck job as long as you have 20/20 vision, a CDL and a good driving record whether experienced or inexperienced.