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).

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.

Trucking Schools in Alabama

There are many trucking driving schools in Alabama that a prospective driver can attend. A great option seems to be truck driving courses at local community colleges. The tuition is reasonable and many offer funding of the course through the Alabama Career Center.

They all have mostly the same requirements such as being at least 21 years of age, hold a valid class D driver’s license, good driving record, and can pass a DOT physical and drug test. Check out the top schools in the largest cities in Alabama.

Birmingham - Bevill State Community College
Bevill’s campus just outside of Birmingham in nearby Sumiton offers day and evening classes for their trucking driver training program. The teachers here are not only former truck drivers, but professionally accredited educators with many years of truck driving and teaching experience.
Montgomery - Trenholm State Community College
A well-known community college in Montgomery offers trucking driving classes. Their sessions are 6 weeks in duration, which consists of 30 hours per week spread across 5 days per week. The training cost is just under $2,000 and their website says 100% funding may be available through the Alabama Career Center.
Mobile - Bishop State Community College
This is a community college in Mobile, AL that offers a CDL license training course. According to their website, “the student will be able to obtain a CDL, operate a tractor-trailer unit, and be knowledgeable of the rules and regulations of the trucking industry,” upon successful completion of the program.
Huntsville - Calhoun Community College
A school based in Huntsville, AL offers flexible options to obtain CDL license training. They offer day, night, and weekend classes. Their website also states that funding may be available through the Alabama Career Center.
Tuscaloosa - Shelton State Community
Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa offers their own truck driving course. It is about 7 weeks long, with classes from 7:30am – 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday. The program costs just over $2,000.
There are other truck driving schools that are not apart of a community college throughout the state. These include:

  • Truck Driver Institute (Oxford, A – 1 hour east of Birmingham)
  • Premier Driving Academy (Theodore, AL – 15 minutes outside of Mobile)
  • Alabama Driving Academy (Huntsville, AL)

There are also companies that will pay for your CDL training, as they are the trainer, as long as you enter into a contract with them to drive for a certain amount of time with them before seeking employment elsewhere. C.R. England and Roehl Transport are a couple that offer paid CDL training.

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).

0NE WAY TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 399-1918

202 5TH AVE NE, 35481
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2419591

1 G’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 542-2007

744 71ST PLACE SOUTH, 35206
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2379232

1 G’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 542-2007

744 71ST PLACE SOUTH, 35206
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2379232

1 SOURCE POWER AND EQUIPMENT

Listed in
(251) 380-7800

3240 MOFFETT RD, 36607
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2284382

1 STOP BUILDING SUPPLY

Listed in
(334) 289-0665

1005 CYPRESS POINT, 36732-3935
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1021950

1-800-WRECKERS

Listed in
(205) 252-4869

130 3RD AVE, 35204
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1881625

1-WAY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(256) 232-9300

11318 DOVE DRIVE, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1524888

10-O7-1944

Listed in
(205) 487-5912

3864 COUNTY ROAD 88, 35594
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1488585

101 ENTERPRISE INC

Listed in
(860) 815-0728

22847 BLUFFVIEW DR, 35613
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2631078

110 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(251) 747-3798

5132 GLENSHIRE DRIVE, 36551-5132
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1632104

148 PROPERTIES LLC

Listed in
(251) 621-8439

31155 STATE HWY 225, 36527
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1655133

1800GOTJUNK

Listed in
(251) 331-1497

800 HILLCREST ROAD SUITE 2-C, 36695
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1777020

1958

Listed in
(205) 287-1719

3175 COUNTY ROAD 49, 35045
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2534954

1ST TURF LLC

Listed in
(256) 759-2010

105 MIDDLEWICH DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2263938

2 BOYS TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 689-2585

941 WHITES GAP RD SE, 36265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2169929

2 BROTHERS MOVING

Listed in
(256) 350-9243

3607 HWY 31 S, 35603
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1489001

2-K STEEL PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(205) 594-5446

390 MURRAY CIRCLE, 35953
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1054881

256 MOBILE ADVERSTISING

Listed in
(256) 585-1054

3054 LEEMAN FERRY RD SUITE H, 35801
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2521338

256 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 800-4449

15678 MCCULLEY MILL RD, 35613
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1268651

278 WEST AUTO AUCTION

Listed in
(256) 255-0250

1889 US HWY 278 WEST, 35057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2162975

280 EQUIPMENT RENTAL

Listed in
(256) 378-7451

35865 US HWY 280, 35150
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1513769

2B AMUSEMENT

Listed in
(205) 522-1265

1413 TOMMY ROBINSON ROAD, 35504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1842997

2ND CHANCE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(251) 752-1389

16943 SUGAR LOOP, 36535
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2474187

2T LLC

Listed in
(423) 208-4225

288 COUNTRY ROAD 370, 35772
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1959111

3 B TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 747-8018

597 SARDIS AIRPORT ROAD, 35540
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1845940

3 BAR K FARMS

Listed in
(256) 766-6946

268 KASMEIER ROAD, 35634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1526180

3 BAR S FARM

Listed in
(256) 778-8011

62 BROAD ST, 35670
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1513453

3 D MOBILE HOME MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(334) 376-2984

2030 VENEER MILL ROAD, 36033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1589413

3 GIRLS ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(334) 799-0016

49 SHIPMAN QUARTERS ROAD, 36048
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1197795

3 M LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(251) 246-0087

2837 HWY 43 SO, 36545-2443
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2125872

3 M LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(251) 246-0087

2837 HWY 43 SO, 36545-2443
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2125872

3 S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(205) 665-2578

4265 HIGHWAY 18, 35115
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2466902

3 T’S INDUSTRIAL SERVICES INC

Listed in
1901 FINELEY BLVD SUITE 6, 35234
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1130492

3-2-1 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(256) 572-7619

3213 DAY STREET, 35976
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1197753

3-D SITE SOLUTIONS

Listed in
(251) 962-2792

16691 LE FRANK RD, 36530
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1581596

3-V LOGGING

Listed in
(205) 351-1144

1066 COUNTY ROAD 152, 35085
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1586831

30621

Listed in
(256) 352-9815

8263 US HWY 31, 35077
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1537519

31 AND 3 QUALITY TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 260-0450

4019 STATHMORE DRIVE, 36116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1869820

3343660064

Listed in
(334) 366-0064

29 US HIGHWAY 82, 36793
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2457760

3AM GROWERS

Listed in
(334) 283-8140

19570 RIFLE RANGE RD, 36078
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1123671

3C&S TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(706) 527-6054

59 GILMORE RD, 36856
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2475229

3D DELIVERY SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(251) 375-0007

9073 SPANISH FORT BLVD, 36527
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1897911

3D TRANSPORTS

Listed in
(334) 356-6890

820 LAMAR ROAD, 36116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1603599

3G EXPRESS

Listed in
(251) 300-9785

816 BOAZ AVE, 36612
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2635504

3G TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(334) 369-8967

293 COUNTY ROAD 573, 36360
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2468065

3H FARMS

Listed in
(205) 729-4136

9637 MOTTER DRIVE, 35611
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1611020

3K EXCAVATING & HAULING

Listed in
(256) 613-0072

235 POPE ROAD, 35901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1598236

3M

Listed in
(205) 431-6984

11955 HWY 96, 35576
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2209301

3S LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(334) 474-3720

1843 CO RD 7768, 36081
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1506233

3T TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(205) 681-8620

7800 WARE DRIVE, 35126
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1162584

4 & 1 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(334) 366-2408

44 CO RD 305, 36758
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1220304

4 ACES LOGISTICS

Listed in
(256) 684-6820

214 VILLAGE SPRINGS DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2437745

4 ACES LOGISTICS

Listed in
(256) 684-6820

214 VILLAGE SPRINGS DR, 35756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2437745

4 G LOGGING

Listed in
(256) 636-0920

5348 HWY 55 EAST, 35621
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2149638

4 J FARM

Listed in
(256) 751-3356

306 CO RD 210, 35619
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1572605

4 KIDS KREATIONS

Listed in
(334) 356-2397

718 DURDEN CT, 36067
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2499929

4 M SERVICES

Listed in
(256) 446-8901

995 BAINBRIDGE RD, 35661
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1756653

4 OAKS FARM

Listed in
(256) 463-7264

276 MURPHY DR, 36264
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1501491

4 SPEED TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 632-6481

654 COUNTY ROAD 326, 35966
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1502728

4 STAR CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(251) 965-3823

22935 HIGHWAY 38, 36580
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1662633

4 T TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 960-9390

139 MCMULLEN RD, 35748
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1584499

422 CECIL DEAN

Listed in
(256) 234-4614

47 LINDA PL, 35010
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1623606

431 AUTO & BODY REPAIR

Listed in
(334) 863-2203

1256 HWY 431, 36274
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1620515

4C FARMS

Listed in
(256) 739-2482

2832 CO RD 1212, 35179
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1517526

4E FARM

Listed in
(256) 396-5656

1132 WESOBULGA CREEK ROAD, 36266
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1541352

4G TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 361-5020

300 MAE ST, 35045
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1547485

4L FARMS

Listed in
(256) 249-1124

365 MEADOW CREEK RD, 35014
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1499398

4T TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 482-2889

5999 AL HIGHWAY 87, 36079
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1759242

4TH QUARTER DELIVERY

Listed in
(205) 668-6891

256 NOTTINGHAM DRIVE, 35040
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1572709

5 L TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 774-4262

2776 COUNTY ROAD 15, 36360-7495
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1635152

5 TIDERS INC

Listed in
(256) 389-8560

2009 ASHTON CIRCLE, 35661
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1731859

6 PONIES CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(256) 492-0258

2567 ROSS LAKE RD, 36279
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1501032

7 H FARMS

Listed in
(251) 776-8517

59935 SILAS GANEY ROAD, 36579
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2536193

72 AUTOMOTIVE LLC

Listed in
(256) 616-2875

27608 PERSIMMON TREE ROAD, 35610
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 2472210

975 WABB

Listed in
(251) 432-5572

1551 SPRINGHILL AVENUE, 36604
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1519402

A & A CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(205) 662-3869

1717 VAILS ROAD, 35576
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1591242

A & A LOGGING INC

Listed in
(251) 578-2297

16878 HWY 83, 36401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1590414

A & A MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS

Listed in
(706) 681-2450

4486 US HWY 80 W, 36870
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1925443

A & A TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(205) 491-7357

140 BROOKLANE DRIVE, 35023
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1538924

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(205) 631-0247

792 ED JONES RD, 35071
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1913159

A & B LEASING INC

Listed in
(205) 665-2044

8025 HWY 155, 35115
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 263087

A & B LOGGING LLC

Listed in
(334) 509-9070

495 3RD AVENUE, 36783
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2561701

A & B SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

Listed in
(251) 937-7609

10807 CHARLIE HODGES RD, 36507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1524372

A & B TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 227-3753

753 WALLER ROAD, 36761
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1585623

A & B TRUCKING

Listed in
(334) 548-0404

4551 PINEAPPLE HWY, 36037
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2279611

A & C CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(334) 215-3000

10485 WARES FERRY RD, 36117
Intrastate Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1517770

A & C TREE SERVICES

Listed in
(205) 387-0083

555 FALL CITY ROAD, 35503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1533208

A & C TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(251) 258-1378

874 MACKEY ROAD, 36482
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1505800

A & D AUTO SALES & SALVAGE

Listed in
(256) 247-0472

1521 COUNTY ROAD 123, 35652
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1488446

A & D CATTLE

Listed in
(334) 293-9576

4855 BROOKS RD, 36110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1567250

A & D RECYCLING

Listed in
(251) 829-5543

18941 PATILLO ROAD, 36560
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1617616

A & D STEADMAN ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(251) 575-7882

2994 LANGHAN ROAD, 36475
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2545691

A & H CONCRETE FINISHING

Listed in
(256) 718-2074

1151 COUNTY ROAD 24, 35633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1538889

A & H MOVING

Listed in
(256) 962-2325

357 CO RD 602, 35077
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 2074173

A & J FARM

Listed in
(256) 229-6466

9427 CO RD 33, 35634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1556927

A & J TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(256) 339-1627

599 COUNTY ROAD 627, 35077
Interstate
State:
DOT Number: 1308613

A & J TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(334) 244-6940

2252 THAMES LANE, 36106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1908524

A & K TRUCKING

Listed in
(256) 435-0094

570 DOGWOOD LN, 36265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1170804

A & L BACKHOE

Listed in
(706) 536-3810

5296 LEE 179, 36874
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1765563

A & L CONTRACTORS INC

Listed in
(205) 966-3868

1416 52ND ST N, 35212
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
State:
DOT Number: 1606831