THE NEWEST RESOURCE IN TRUCKING
When we began to look at the current state of various trucking industry websites, we quickly realized there was a common theme - all of them focused on one stage of the driver.
Are you just starting out and have questions about trucking schools? You must go to Site A to find those answers.
Have you been driving for a few years for one company and are ready to make a move? If you want tips on how to properly do that, you will need to go to Site B.
It was that frustration of not having one single resource for drivers at any stage of their career that led us to create TruckingJobNow.com. We aim to provide an FAQ section that is broken out by what stage a driver is in. We also wanted to create a database of the different companies reliant on CDL drivers so you can find other companies to apply to.
Finally, we wanted to provide information and insight on each state’s trajectory related to a trucking career so you can research what this career can hold for you in the future. The goal of our site will to provide those resources but also to do so in an updated fashion as new information or data becomes usable. Our blog will be used for current news and regulations truckers should be concerned with while the rest of our site will focus on the common research every truck driver might need.
There are a lot of things to consider before starting the journey of earning your CDL. We encourage you to research the anticipated job growth and career outlook first. You can see some of the national statistics below or go to our breakdown by state to find data geographically more relevant to you.
You will also need to consider the type of driver you desire to be. Are you ok driving solo for long periods of time? OTR drivers can anticipate driving anywhere in the country for various trips. If you aim to try and stay closer to home, regional drivers will typically haul in and around a state. If neither of those sound appealing, you may try to find a trucking company offering a local driver position that will stay primarily within the city they operate.
You should also consider the associated salary of a trucking driver. There are a lot of factors that will decide this as each state can vary drastically. When you look at BLS salary information by different states, you will see that the average salary in Florida is $39,330 whereas Colorado is $47,340. Your cost of living and local taxes will also affect how much of that salary is your take home pay.
We dive further into detail on this topic for experienced drivers which we encourage you to read. But there are primarily a few questions to ask right from the beginning of your application process.
There are some companies that might offer a lower salary but it could be because they offer things like healthcare, a 401k, and more. As healthcare can be an expensive part of that equation, benefits should be a factor in your research.
If you have a family and want to be home regularly, an OTR driver position might not be right for you. If you can, try and speak with a current driver about what they were promised regarding routes and what they actually drive. We all wish we could take a company at their word but there can be bad players out there that promise one thing but only offer another regarding regular routes.
You will quickly learn depending on the company you haul for that different cargo can require different licensing or training. You can ask if there are any requirements for Hazmat hauling and whether you feel comfortable hauling that.
Utilize our website to find the answers to all of your questions related to trucking. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, let us know. We will do our best to get the question answered.
ONET is another resource similar to BLS that has conducted polls to provide insights on truck drivers say they experience on a daily basis.
Here are some general statistics on nationwide trucking trends we pulled from BLS.