The Best Paying Truck Driving Jobs

By: Kris Koonar

The Best Paying Truck Driving Jobs
Today truck driving jobs are as much in demand as the drivers need a job. With the import in produce and other such goods more and more transportation has to be done within the city and also across the country. Trucks are also being utilized for home-moving purposes. Hence depending on your credentials, it would not be difficult to locate a job as a truck driver.

1) The Best Paying Truck Driving Jobs in USA

A) Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers
2017 Median Pay; $41,340 per year, $19.87 hourly

  • General freight trucking $43,520
  • Specialized freight trucking $41,650
  • Wholesale trade $40,330
  • Manufacturing $38,800

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $63,140.

B) Delivery Truck Drivers
2017 Median Pay; $28,390 per year, $13.65 hourly

  • Wholesale Trade$33,360
  • Retail trade$25,760
  • Restaurants $19,210

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,200, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $60,630.

2) Nature of Truck Driving Jobs

  • Driving a truck locally would mean absence from home on occasion only and would not entail long spells of absence which is the case in long distance truck driving. This kind of job is easy for drivers with family and kids, and gives an annual remuneration of thirty thousand dollars.
  • The long distance driving, however, would fetch you double the earnings or more is some cases. Being a specialized driver, as in the case of certified drivers of driving rigs carrying harmful material or large sized trucks with heavier loads would earn you much more than the regular kind of truck driving job which is more popularly opted for. 

3) Short Term vs Long Term Job Outlook

  • Long term Job outlook
    The industry maybe affected by driverless trucks
    While there is an increase in truck drivers over the next ten years.  An estimated 500,000 truck driving jobs would be available. Driverless technology is putting some uncertainty to the jobs.
  • Short-term Job Outlook
    Employers would be more than willing to offer higher wages than before. Most of the truck driving companies are offering retirement packages and paid vacations as well. A truck driving job offers tremendous sense of security as there always will be a need for truck drivers.

4) How to Find the Best Truck Driving Job
It is a difficult task to go through all the truck driving jobs advertised in the newspapers, magazines and on-line.

  • The best way probably would be to get in touch with some of the top truck driving companies who promise a successful career to a professional driver. A safe and healthy work environment along with financial security is what is offered to the truck driver. Any truck driver can be assured of a stable and steady growth in employment as well as in the pay packet he earns.
  • Some trucking companies allow for on-line applications to be filed. This will mean that it will save the truck driver the hassle of searching for a new job by approaching a trucking company directly. There is an advantage, however, in the case of viewing on-line advertisements. You can compare the different benefits offered and also the pay packages that they offer. That way you would also be able to gauge the working hours required by the trucking company. Once you have determined all these facts then you should apply to the best four or five trucking companies. The response will be fairly swift. 
  • Another good way is to fill out on the website an application with a trucking job finder. It is a confidential way of applying for a trucking job and will fetch you responses almost just as fast. This way you can find a trucking employer who offers you better pay, benefits and home times which are as good as benefits can go.

The last two methods actually assure you of being called by the best trucking employers. Good Luck. 

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