Truck Driving Jobs

Truck driving jobs are common all across the country.  As you learned by now a career in trucking can be a rewarding journey.  However, not all trucking jobs are created equal.  On this page your will find some of the best trucking companies and useful information about trucking to help you move forward with your career.

Expect to read and learn about....

  • Trucking Jobs Outlook
  • The Most Common Trucking Job
  • The Truth About Local Trucking Jobs
  • Better Trucking Jobs
  • Making Your Trucking Job a Career
  • The Types of Trucking Jobs

Trucking Jobs Outlook

Truck driving jobs are here to stay. No matter how bad the economy gets you can be sure trucking companies are hiring all around the country. Many truckers were laid off or let go at the height of the recession but trucking companies are hiring again because manufacturers and distribution centers are picking up production as the economy slowly recovers.

I don't expect the economy to reach full potential for a while in fact I think there will continue to be ups and downs. However, I think the truck driving jobs will continue to grow especially since the new CSA 2010 rules and regulations have hit. I think a lot of older drivers will get out and a lot of bad truckers will be forced out.(but what do i know! :-)

So.... truck driving is still a great career for the right qualified person as there will be plenty of openings and options to specialize after getting experience.

The Most Common Trucking Jobs

The most common trucking job that you are likely to start off with is pulling a dry van over the road. Those are the plain box trailers that you see most often being pulled down the highway by a big truck. It is the cheapest freight to haul and usually requires no special attention unless placarded. This means the average pay is lowest pay for truckers naturally though, it is where most drivers begin their careers.

Notice I said "over the road." That is because as a new trucker, over the road for 3 or 4 weeks at a time is most likely how you will start your career. Despite what your person of contact at the company might have told you during the first conversation. You must ask correctly.

(ask, "Can I drive local/regional/etc", not "Do you have local or regional positions."  That will give you the specific answer you want.)

Now you can possibly start with other types of trucking jobs that won't keep you out like that. It varies amount trucking companies.  Small or medium sized trucking companies or those hauling freight from a local manufacturer or distribution center that sends trucks out and gets drivers back in to do it again is where I have found the most success.  

These obviously are not as easy to find or get hired at for a new driver but they exists.

Learn more about small or medium sized trucking companies here.

The Truth About Local Trucking Jobs

Some of you have been told that you would be able to find a local trucking job straight out of trucking school. You probably got information from a recruiter at a trucking school or trucking company when you called a number of a flyer or in a newspaper.  

For the most part it could be an exaggeration. It is highly unlikely that you will find a local trucking job right out of truck driving school.

Those jobs are quickly filled by experienced drivers wanting to come off the road and you are stuck with those OTR (over the road) jobs that they left.

The easiest or quickest way you will get a trucking job fresh out of school is with one of the larger carriers that most other folks go to right out of school.It is not the only trucking company that will hire you just the quickest.

Again, it's not impossible to find other a local trucking jobs or trucking companies that will run you back in every weekend.  Especially if you live in a large city or one with a lot of manufacturing.  I just don't want you to based your entire decision to spend the money for trucking school on the idea that you will definitely find a local or dedicated route if you have not gotten that position guaranteed to you by the trucking company itself in writing.

More on Local Truck Driving Jobs

Better Truck Driving Jobs

The better higher paying truck driving jobs are usually with companies that make or sell their own products and have their own trucks and hire their own drivers. Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart, Poly Corp, Ashley, etc.

To get these truck driving jobs you will usually need experience of at least 1 year (up to 3 is not unusual) and a clean driving record. That's why you will always hear me tell new drivers to try and keep your driving record and in the best standing as possible. Otherwise you will not get these high paying trucking jobs.

Some of you will love your first trucking job just fine. It all depend on how well the trucking company is operated, the location in reference to your residence, the specific driver's needs and the relationship with office personnel. Oh and the competency of office personnel.

Generally speaking though, you will find your better and highest paying trucking jobs at the types of companies I mentioned earlier or at the one you are at after getting your experience and you prove yourself.  You shouldn't be surprised that if while you are there, you prove yourself to be an asset to the company and not a liability they will want to make you happy and keep you.  (Again if the trucking company is well ran)

For an even higher paying trucking job, you would need to specialize, which you would need experience for.

More on specialized hauling of heavy equipment

Make Trucking a Career and Not Just a Job

When and if you do get into trucking, you want to take pride in your job performance and represent your company well. Your history will go with you and open doors or keep them shut and you will always have a job and not a career because you won't be able to go to the best trucking companies. Here are some tips to make trucking a career and not just a job.

  • Make delivery and pick up appointments on time
  • Establish a good relationship with dispatchers
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Represent the company well when dealing with the customers
  • Don't not get violations on your license
  • Be proactive in taking care of your health
  • Keep your eyes open for that ideal trucking job for your situation but don't change trucking jobs for a few pennies or just because you can.

More on how to be an awesome driver that every company wants

Types of Trucking Jobs

You probably notice by now, there are many different types of truck driving jobs. The type of trucking job you have will help determine how long you stay out, whether you touch the freight or not, how much your paid, the benefits, home time and probably other factors that don't come to mind right now.

I already told you that it is likely you will get the most common trucking job straight out of trucking school. the biggest reason that I want you to look at the types of trucking jobs though is to know what your shooting for after getting experience. Plus there are a few more options to you right now as a new trucker such as Flatbed, and Pulling refrigerated trailer.

Here is a list of the different types of truck driving jobs

List of the Types of Driving Jobs

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Fedex Freight 
I would give the company 8 or 9. Depending what terminal you work out of. Its all ltl frieght, home every night. Slow times they need to layoff …

Sammons Trucking 
Sammons Trucking has supported me in what I do. I made the most money as a contractor that I have ever made in 19 years. I would give them a 9.8 because …

Western Motor Freight (in Anaconda, mt  
I worked for these guys, there main problem is there really money hungry and i mean money hungry so hungry that they take it from there drivers. My second …

looking for work 
I drove back in the 80's and then I got into construction since then I ended up with two felony drug conviction the last one is two years old and I went …

W. N. Morehouse Truck Line, Inc. 
10

Cr England 
I give CR England an 8

Werner Enterprises 
Well it depends on what account you are assisnged to and what dispatcher you have....when you get your frieght. My beef with them is that they hurry you …

U.P.S. 
***** 9.5 No company is perfect, but this is as good as it gets! A good driver can make over $100 k a year here, plus the best benefits and pension in …

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The Truckload Carriers Association publishes an annual list of the best carriers to work for. It is not easy to make this list. So, the rub is it works …

Heyl 
Heyl treats their employees like dirt. I have been ripped out of bonuses and have had trip packs disappear...never to be seen again. I went into the …

R&C Transportation LLC, 
i rate this company as a 0, but, a 1, being i have to go from 1 to 10 ,they treat there drivers the worst run there drivers illegal, if ya let them ,lie …

Heyl 
Very good company with strong support for their drivers. No slip seating, new truck assigned after 1 year of service. The only area that they could improve …

aronld transportation service camp hill, PA /US fxpress 
do not care how you log they have a total disregaud on being legal just move the freight. if you can't run hot and show it legal don't consider this company. …

CR ENGLAND  
Well I am IC for this compony for now til I get my time in I hope it goes by fast I dont get much home time due to living in northen state's. My DM jacks …

Starting trucking at CR ENGLAND  
Hello all. Well I am reporting from the house. My Husband (love of my life) left Saturday to go to CR England by bus. Don't get me started on how bad …

Saturn Transportation Inc. 
They are great - they pay 90% of all loads and Im always running - never stranded Miami, FL 786-991-5034 - www.saturntransportationinc.vpweb.com

new rising finex 
1

Forward air 
I give forward air a 8.I believe no company is perfect.This is a goo d company that has been affected by the economy.It's terminal to terminal drop and …

tyson the pork group 
they would be about a 7 because of their great pay.

Roehl 
8 out of 10 They insist on drivers driving legal and will adjust schedules as necessary to make a legal run possible. Many driving options available …

MAY TRUCKING COMPANY 
I HAVE WORKED FOR MAY TRUCKING COMPANY FOR THE PAST 7 YEARS AND MY BUDDY HAS BEEN HERE FOR 10 YEARS AND HIS UNCLE HAS BEEN HERE FOR 20 YEARS. THIS IS THE …

May Trucking Company 
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Werner Enterprises 
1 the treat their drivers like the are no one and like they dont care bout anyone but their trainers cause they make big profits off them and the students …

CTI 
-5

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At the present time, at 7. The Company just absorbed Willis Shaw Express (WSE). Although the transition should have been completed by 01/01/2014, there …

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I would give them a 4-. They claim to be a regional co. but every driver is dedicated to a lane. Drivers are given loads that are over weight and given …

FASTPORT, LLC Not rated yet
I would say a 9 or 10. Technically I don't work for FASTPORT, but it's a company that looks out for drivers. I called in and they helped find me a job …

marten transport Not rated yet
7 i would rate it. we haul refers and the equipment is great the pay isnt bad, could always be better. we have a number of terminials and drop yards, …

Eclipse Transervices Corporation Not rated yet
10 This company is based in Beatrice, Nebraska but handles dry bulk products in grain hoppers and end dumps all over the country. good rates and quick …

Morgan McLernon Not rated yet
10. Great company to work for, excellent!

Indian Creek Logistics Not rated yet
Hard working people...Lazy people looking for a free ride need not apply. They have taken care of me and my family for years...even after I retired if …

tran tect Not rated yet
10

LoneStar Transportation Not rated yet
10

kiewit construction Not rated yet
there rating 00000, im the #1 driver at this company , its local were ever the job is , its extreme heavy haul but at this company a driver is a no body …

Vogt Relocation Not rated yet
On their way to becoming Madison's #1 local moving company and a well known / respected freight moving company. They are always hiring drivers and have …

Performance Food Group Not rated yet
8

List of companies that may hire felons Not rated yet
Type in cargo services -(cargo searches) in you area through this business page search .To find smaller business dont know if it will work but you may …

western express Not rated yet
maybe a5

forward air Not rated yet
i give FORWARD AIR A 9 the weak link with forward air is the mentality of dispatchers.the job is the best ive had in all my 33 years of trucking. but …

benny whitehead Not rated yet
i hope this company goes on its a very good one

bhd trucking Not rated yet
8would be about right

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