Hello. I got my CDL 2 months ago. I just got back to the states after an extended vacation. I am 43 years old. I live about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco. I have been on here and other places and talking to guys like @Chinatown and some other helpful guys trying to learn as much as possible. Ive also been looking at job openings and trying to get as much of an idea as possible about what the different jobs are like without actually doing them.
From what I have seen it seems that hazmate tankers, especially cryogenics, seems to have the best pay and home time overall. I am going to get my tankers and doubles/triples endorsements this week or next. I am also going to start working on my hazmat endorsement this week as well.
I am aware that I won't get a high paying hazmat tanker job out the gate. I know I will need a year or two of seat time first. I am going to treat my first 2 years as training. I am thinking about applying to a dairy company near me driving milk and water tankers...
I am looking for any advise you guys might have for me to help me accomplish my goal and / or type of work I should look for to get my start.
New guy looking for direction
Discussion in 'Hazmat Trucking Forum' started by Truckingdaytrader, Jan 30, 2023.
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REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member
- Feb 15, 2014
Just to refresh everyone's memory....New CDL class A with lots of questions
New CDL class A with lots of questions
Hauling logs pays really well and keeps you in rural areas.
201 Road Train Member
- Apr 16, 2014
Don't be so sure, a tanker outfit may put you through onboard training, I've done that with several jobs. I'd stay away from milk or water, fuel drivers, if you have the grapes, are always in demand. I don't think much in the way of trucked goods goes out of California, everything comes in, so an OTR job will take you far away, I'd stay local. You may like freight hauling, predictable, good pay, all local. Line haul, ( do the same thing every day or night, usually all drop and hook), dump truck, heck, even garbage trucks pay halfway decent today. If you can, try and prioritize better, and go from there. Otherwise,it can be overwhelming. Good luck.
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What is the deal with line haul? Nothing seems to pay as well as tanker hazmat. Whats up with line haul pay wise? One near me is paying 140k but requires 2 years experience.
What do you mean by prioritize better?
RockinChair Road Train Member
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- Feb 19, 2012
Try Button Transportation out of Dixon. I worked there for a spring/summer hauling aqua ammonia to local rice fields.They hire new guys, plus the pay was good for the hazmat stuff....but they will work your ### off during the season!!
Thanks... I am
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