Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Alabama

Alabama CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

The state of Alabama has plenty of job opportunities. Its top industries are automotive, aeronautics, chemical, technology, forestry, and farming. If you are looking for a career in which you don’t have sit in a gray cubicle for 8 hours a day and you enjoy traveling and seeing the United States, then the life of a truck driver may be right for you.

Alabama has a fairly large trucking industry so once you have your commercial driver’s license (CDL) you should not have much of a problem finding a job. Think about it. Darn near everything we have is transported by truck. You could be working every day to keep America going.

Check out the five largest cities in Alabama for the best chance of finding a job:

  • Birmingham
  • Montgomery – State Capital
  • Mobile
  • Huntsville
  • Tuscaloosa

Whether you want a job driving intrastate throughout Alabama, or a job as an interstate driver carrying loads throughout the southeast to surrounding states: Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Florida panhandle, you could be making good money and seeing places you’ve never been.

There are about 32,000 truckers in Alabama currently. The salary as a whole is lower than the national average, but depending on the area of the state in which you work, the salary can be different. For example, note the fluctuations in median salaries in some of the top cities (SOURCE):

  • OVERALL US $41,340
  • Alabama $37,460
  • Mobile $42,680
  • Birmingham $38,250
  • Huntsville $37,840
  • Montgomery $37,420
  • Tuscaloosa $33,100

You have plenty of choices when it comes to choosing a company to work for. You could drive locally for companies like Alabama Power or national companies including Wal-Mart and UPS. Many trucking companies give signing bonuses and/or medical and other benefits.

Also, if you have additional knowledge and skills like transporting hazardous chemicals, or driving a cab with double trailers you can make a higher salary. More good news is that projected employment for truck drivers over the next 6 years is estimated at 8% for Alabama while the U.S. average is 6% (SOURCE).

Alabama CDL License Information and Insights

Every state in the nation adheres to the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986, which is a system used to classify, test, and license commercial vehicle drivers. There are several types of Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) so know which one you need and ensure you have all the correct paperwork, test results and fees to be able to get yours.

CDL Endorsements are needed to operate tanker vehicles, double or triple trailers, school busses, passenger vehicles, and vehicles with hazardous material placards. The Alabama CDL is valid for four years.

  • CLASS A: This type of license is for “combination” vehicles that have a Gross Weight of more than 26,000 pounds. Meaning the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle you tow is more than 10,000 pounds. Class A licenses with the appropriate endorsements allow you to operate vehicles included in classes B, C, and D.
  • CLASS B: This license is similar to Class A except that it includes single and combination vehicles. Weights are the same except the GVWR of the single vehicle is over 26,000 pounds and the vehicle in tow cannot exceed 10,000 pounds. With the appropriate endorsements on a Class B license, you can drive vehicles in Class C or Class D.
  • CLASS C: Vehicles that carry 16 or more passengers, or those containing hazardous materials that don’t fall under Class A or B requirements fall under Class C.

You are required to pass both knowledge and skill tests, as well as a medical test to ensure you are physically able to handle the job. The fees for the tests and licenses are quite affordable (SOURCE).

Alabama Trucking in the News

BIRMINGHAM – In early September 2017, two Alabama truckers were trying to get monetary donations so they could get to Houston to help flood victims.

“If we can get it done, we will get down there,” George Lawson, a veteran trucker said.
George and his friend, Alvin Bland, work at Universal Trucking in Tarrant. Neither man will get paid for his time or service in helping these victims.

“If I can help, I will. That is just me. It’s just something I want to do. That’s a calling on me.” Lawson said. Alvin Brand felt the same way, “I was just driving down the highway. It came across my mind I wanted to help Texas some kind of way. I wanted to stand up for Alabama show them that Houston has our support.

Universal Trucking is generously donating two trailers to carry donated supplies for flood victims. Both men will pay for their own fuel and drive the trucks to Texas (SOURCE).

Common Types of Trucking Jobs in Alabama

Over-the-Road (OTR)

Over-the-road truck drivers have several traits in common – they all have an independent spirit and a love for the open road and the freedom that provides. The length of haul will differ and some of it depends on what you want as a truck driver. Average hauls can range from 500 to 900 miles – keep in mind, the more miles you drive, the more money you make.

Even though there are several trucking schools in the state, many trucking companies offer training to new employees that are not yet licensed. Just like drivers, different companies have their own ways of fulfilling requirements and tasks. As an OTR driver in Alabama you will earn a higher salary than local or intrastate drivers.

Some drivers want to stay close to home and that means trucking companies in search of OTR drivers will offer a sign-on bonus or increased salary as well as medical and dental benefits. A few of the trucking companies in Alabama that hire OTR drivers include C.R. England, Marten Transport, and Gantt Trucking.

Owner Operator

While you may not want to start your career as an owner operator, once you have experience in the ins-and-outs of the trucking business you may think about being your own boss. An owner operator owns his/her own truck, chooses the routes, and makes all the business decisions. Since Alabama is located near other states with large trucking industries, namely Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee, you are likely to find enough jobs to keep you as busy as you want to be.

In the beginning the process will be difficult just like starting any business, but once you build up your reputation, get a good list of clients, your income will increase. Another thing to keep in mind is as an owner operator you will not receive a guaranteed salary, benefits, or bonuses.

You will no doubt have to buy your own health, business, and liability insurance. Think about these issues when planning your business. They are not reasons to stop you from going into business for yourself, but you need to take them into consideration. Talking to other owner operator truckers can garner you lots of valuable information as well.

0NE WAY TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 399-1918

202 5TH AVE NE, 35481
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2419591

1 G’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 542-2007

744 71ST PLACE SOUTH, 35206
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379232

1 G’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 542-2007

744 71ST PLACE SOUTH, 35206
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379232

1 SOURCE POWER AND EQUIPMENT

Listed in
(251) 380-7800

3240 MOFFETT RD, 36607
Interstate
2284382

1 STOP BUILDING SUPPLY

Listed in
(334) 289-0665

1005 CYPRESS POINT, 36732-3935
Interstate
1021950

1-800-WRECKERS

Listed in
(205) 252-4869

130 3RD AVE, 35204
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1881625

1-WAY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(256) 232-9300

11318 DOVE DRIVE, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1524888

10-O7-1944

Listed in
(205) 487-5912

3864 COUNTY ROAD 88, 35594
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1488585

101 ENTERPRISE INC

Listed in
(860) 815-0728

22847 BLUFFVIEW DR, 35613
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2631078

110 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(251) 747-3798

5132 GLENSHIRE DRIVE, 36551-5132
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1632104

148 PROPERTIES LLC

Listed in
(251) 621-8439

31155 STATE HWY 225, 36527
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1655133

1800GOTJUNK

Listed in
(251) 331-1497

800 HILLCREST ROAD SUITE 2-C, 36695
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1777020

1958

Listed in
(205) 287-1719

3175 COUNTY ROAD 49, 35045
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2534954

1ST TURF LLC

Listed in
(256) 759-2010

105 MIDDLEWICH DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2263938

2 BOYS TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 689-2585

941 WHITES GAP RD SE, 36265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2169929

2 BROTHERS MOVING

Listed in
(256) 350-9243

3607 HWY 31 S, 35603
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1489001

2-K STEEL PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(205) 594-5446

390 MURRAY CIRCLE, 35953
Interstate
1054881

256 MOBILE ADVERSTISING

Listed in
(256) 585-1054

3054 LEEMAN FERRY RD SUITE H, 35801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2521338

256 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 800-4449

15678 MCCULLEY MILL RD, 35613
Interstate
1268651

278 WEST AUTO AUCTION

Listed in
(256) 255-0250

1889 US HWY 278 WEST, 35057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2162975

280 EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Listed in
(256) 378-7451

35865 US HWY 280, 35150
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1513769

2B AMUSEMENT

Listed in
(205) 522-1265

1413 TOMMY ROBINSON ROAD, 35504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1842997

2ND CHANCE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(251) 752-1389

16943 SUGAR LOOP, 36535
Interstate
2474187

2T LLC

Listed in
(423) 208-4225

288 COUNTRY ROAD 370, 35772
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1959111

3 B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 747-8018

597 SARDIS AIRPORT ROAD, 35540
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1845940

3 BAR K FARMS

Listed in
(256) 766-6946

268 KASMEIER ROAD, 35634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1526180

3 BAR S FARM

Listed in
(256) 778-8011

62 BROAD ST, 35670
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1513453

3 D MOBILE HOME MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(334) 376-2984

2030 VENEER MILL ROAD, 36033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1589413

3 GIRLS ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(334) 799-0016

49 SHIPMAN QUARTERS ROAD, 36048
Interstate
1197795

3 M LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(251) 246-0087

2837 HWY 43 SO, 36545-2443
Interstate
2125872

3 M LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(251) 246-0087

2837 HWY 43 SO, 36545-2443
Interstate
2125872

3 S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 665-2578

4265 HIGHWAY 18, 35115
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2466902

3 T’S INDUSTRIAL SERVICES INC

Listed in
1901 FINELEY BLVD SUITE 6, 35234
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1130492

3-2-1 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 572-7619

3213 DAY STREET, 35976
Interstate
1197753

3-D SITE SOLUTIONS

Listed in
(251) 962-2792

16691 LE FRANK RD, 36530
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1581596

3-V LOGGING

Listed in
(205) 351-1144

1066 COUNTY ROAD 152, 35085
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1586831

30621

Listed in
(256) 352-9815

8263 US HWY 31, 35077
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1537519

31 AND 3 QUALITY TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 260-0450

4019 STATHMORE DRIVE, 36116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1869820

3343660064

Listed in
(334) 366-0064

29 US HIGHWAY 82, 36793
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2457760

3AM GROWERS

Listed in
(334) 283-8140

19570 RIFLE RANGE RD, 36078
Interstate
1123671

3C&S TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(706) 527-6054

59 GILMORE RD, 36856
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2475229

3D DELIVERY SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(251) 375-0007

9073 SPANISH FORT BLVD, 36527
Interstate
1897911

3D TRANSPORTS

Listed in
(334) 356-6890

820 LAMAR ROAD, 36116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1603599

3G EXPRESS

Listed in
(251) 300-9785

816 BOAZ AVE, 36612
Interstate
2635504

3G TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(334) 369-8967

293 COUNTY ROAD 573, 36360
Interstate
2468065

3H FARMS

Listed in
(205) 729-4136

9637 MOTTER DRIVE, 35611
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1611020

3K EXCAVATING & HAULING

Listed in
(256) 613-0072

235 POPE ROAD, 35901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1598236

3M

Listed in
(205) 431-6984

11955 HWY 96, 35576
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2209301

3S LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(334) 474-3720

1843 CO RD 7768, 36081
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1506233

3T TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(205) 681-8620

7800 WARE DRIVE, 35126
Interstate
1162584

4 & 1 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(334) 366-2408

44 CO RD 305, 36758
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1220304

4 ACES LOGISTICS

Listed in
(256) 684-6820

214 VILLAGE SPRINGS DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437745

4 ACES LOGISTICS

Listed in
(256) 684-6820

214 VILLAGE SPRINGS DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437745

4 G LOGGING

Listed in
(256) 636-0920

5348 HWY 55 EAST, 35621
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2149638

4 J FARM

Listed in
(256) 751-3356

306 CO RD 210, 35619
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1572605

4 KIDS KREATIONS

Listed in
(334) 356-2397

718 DURDEN CT, 36067
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2499929

4 M SERVICES

Listed in
(256) 446-8901

995 BAINBRIDGE RD, 35661
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1756653

4 OAKS FARM

Listed in
(256) 463-7264

276 MURPHY DR, 36264
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1501491

4 SPEED TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 632-6481

654 COUNTY ROAD 326, 35966
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1502728

4 STAR CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(251) 965-3823

22935 HIGHWAY 38, 36580
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1662633

4 T TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 960-9390

139 MCMULLEN RD, 35748
Interstate
1584499

422 CECIL DEAN

Listed in
(256) 234-4614

47 LINDA PL, 35010
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1623606

431 AUTO & BODY REPAIR

Listed in
(334) 863-2203

1256 HWY 431, 36274
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1620515

4C FARMS

Listed in
(256) 739-2482

2832 CO RD 1212, 35179
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1517526

4E FARM

Listed in
(256) 396-5656

1132 WESOBULGA CREEK ROAD, 36266
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1541352

4G TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 361-5020

300 MAE ST, 35045
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1547485

4L FARMS

Listed in
(256) 249-1124

365 MEADOW CREEK RD, 35014
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1499398

4T TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 482-2889

5999 AL HIGHWAY 87, 36079
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1759242

4TH QUARTER DELIVERY

Listed in
(205) 668-6891

256 NOTTINGHAM DRIVE, 35040
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1572709

5 L TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 774-4262

2776 COUNTY ROAD 15, 36360-7495
Interstate
1635152

5 TIDERS INC

Listed in
(256) 389-8560

2009 ASHTON CIRCLE, 35661
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1731859

6 PONIES CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(256) 492-0258

2567 ROSS LAKE RD, 36279
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1501032

7 H FARMS

Listed in
(251) 776-8517

59935 SILAS GANEY ROAD, 36579
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2536193

72 AUTOMOTIVE LLC

Listed in
(256) 616-2875

27608 PERSIMMON TREE ROAD, 35610
Interstate
2472210

975 WABB

Listed in
(251) 432-5572

1551 SPRINGHILL AVENUE, 36604
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1519402

A & A CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(205) 662-3869

1717 VAILS ROAD, 35576
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1591242

A & A LOGGING INC

Listed in
(251) 578-2297

16878 HWY 83, 36401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1590414

A & A MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS

Listed in
(706) 681-2450

4486 US HWY 80 W, 36870
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1925443

A & A TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(205) 491-7357

140 BROOKLANE DRIVE, 35023
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1538924

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 631-0247

792 ED JONES RD, 35071
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1913159

A & B LEASING INC

Listed in
(205) 665-2044

8025 HWY 155, 35115
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
263087

A & B LOGGING LLC

Listed in
(334) 509-9070

495 3RD AVENUE, 36783
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2561701

A & B SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

Listed in
(251) 937-7609

10807 CHARLIE HODGES RD, 36507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1524372

A & B TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 227-3753

753 WALLER ROAD, 36761
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1585623

A & B TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 548-0404

4551 PINEAPPLE HWY, 36037
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2279611

A & C CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(334) 215-3000

10485 WARES FERRY RD, 36117
Intrastate Hazmat
1517770

A & C TREE SERVICES

Listed in
(205) 387-0083

555 FALL CITY ROAD, 35503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1533208

A & C TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(251) 258-1378

874 MACKEY ROAD, 36482
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1505800

A & D AUTO SALES & SALVAGE

Listed in
(256) 247-0472

1521 COUNTY ROAD 123, 35652
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1488446

A & D CATTLE

Listed in
(334) 293-9576

4855 BROOKS RD, 36110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1567250

A & D RECYCLING

Listed in
(251) 829-5543

18941 PATILLO ROAD, 36560
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1617616

A & D STEADMAN ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(251) 575-7882

2994 LANGHAN ROAD, 36475
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2545691

A & H CONCRETE FINISHING

Listed in
(256) 718-2074

1151 COUNTY ROAD 24, 35633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1538889

A & H MOVING

Listed in
(256) 962-2325

357 CO RD 602, 35077
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2074173

A & J FARM

Listed in
(256) 229-6466

9427 CO RD 33, 35634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1556927

A & J TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(256) 339-1627

599 COUNTY ROAD 627, 35077
Interstate
1308613

A & J TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(334) 244-6940

2252 THAMES LANE, 36106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1908524

A & K TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 435-0094

570 DOGWOOD LN, 36265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1170804

A & L BACKHOE

Listed in
(706) 536-3810

5296 LEE 179, 36874
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1765563

A & L CONTRACTORS INC

Listed in
(205) 966-3868

1416 52ND ST N, 35212
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1606831