Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Alaska

Alaska is the last of America’s true wilderness. If you’ve ever wondered how incredible the scenery would be as you drive a truck through different areas of the state, you are not alone. Many a hiker, biker, trucker, and others have set out to tame the great Alaskan wilderness.

Oddly enough, the state of Alaska ranks last in number of truck drivers when compared to other states. Even Hawaii has more. Consequently, being a truck driver in Alaska has a very big perk – you can make great money since trucking jobs here pay some of the highest salaries in the U.S. Alaska’s annual mean salary for a truck driver is $53,480 and the mean hourly wage is $25.71 (SOURCE). Of course your actual salary could be more or less depending on the type of driving you do.

Still, when you compare the median salary of a truck driver in Alaska to truck drivers in the United States, the Alaska driver makes a good $10,000 more per year. Salaries can also differ depending on what part of the state you are in. The two most highly populated cities are Anchorage and Fairbanks and the mean salary in each of these cities is $53,100 and $48,300 respectively.

There are companies that pay drivers a signing bonus, while others may promise less time on the road and more time with the family or Monday through Friday work with weekends free. Some companies even pay for you to fly to Alaska to drive for several weeks and then fly you home. If you like to travel and you enjoy life on the road seeing terrain unlike anything you have at home, a job as a truck driver in Alaska could be just the spark you need to jumpstart or challenge your career.

The projected job growth for truck drivers in Alaska between 2014 and 2024 is 5% compared to the overall U.S. at 6% per O*NET.

Alaska CDL License Information and Insights

As in every state in the nation, to obtain a job as a driver in Alaska you need an Alaska Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). A CDL is required for several types of employment:

  • operating large trucks or tractor trailers – more than 26,000 pounds
  • driving passengers in a vehicle that can carry 16 or more
  • transporting hazardous material

If you’re a beginning driver, before you can get a CDL, you have to earn a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) if you don’t already have one. When earning a CLP you will drive with a qualified trucker to learn the skills needed to operate a large vehicle safely and properly. You don’t have to learn by diving right in. There will be an experienced driver with you until you are ready to apply for your CDL.

To ensure you apply for the correct type of CLP and CDL, know the type and purpose of the vehicle(s) you’ll be driving and if you have interest in different jobs using different trucks. You could drive a tanker truck with fuel or other liquids, double and triple trailer, hazardous materials, interstate driver, and more. For these jobs that need additional skills, ensure you get the proper experience and license because often, these types of jobs pay more.

Two weeks after earning your CLP you can apply for your CDL. You will have to pass one or more knowledge tests and a road skills test. Be sure to bring all the paperwork necessary to receive your CDL. Visit the Alaska CDL government page to determine the correct paperwork you need.

If you already have a CDL from another state and are in Alaska temporarily for seasonal work, you need a valid CDL from your state of residence. For this type of job only, you do not need an Alaska Commercial Drivers License.

Drivers who have moved to Alaska must get their Alaska CDL license within 30 days. To transfer a current CDL from another state, you still need to apply for a CLP and a CDL. You may not have to take some of the knowledge and road skills tests, but be prepared just in case.

To transfer an expired CDL from another state, apply for a CLP and a CDL. You will probably be required to take all tests – knowledge and driving (SOURCE). The moral here is not to allow your license to expire.

Alaska Trucking in the News

FAIRBANKS — Being a trucker is often in the blood. Danny Radcliffe is a trucker and so were his father and grandfather. Danny has been trucking for more than a decade working out of Fairbanks for the most part although he did work in the “Lower 48” for a while. In 2015, he won top honors in the Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championships in Alaska. The Championships take several days and test truckers’ knowledge of the job, driving skills, and safety.

Trucking opened the world to Danny Radcliffe. His career has taken him through almost every state in the U.S. and now he has the pleasure of driving picturesque roads in Alaska daily. What he enjoys most about trucking, especially in Alaska, is the camaraderie between the drivers. (SOURCE)

Spotlight on Ice Road Trucking Jobs in Alaska

There is a trucking job in Alaska that is not available in many other states. It’s the Ice Road trucker; so popular that the History Channel has a show about it. But remember, it’s a show and the job is incredibly dangerous. You need many years of experience to be an ice road trucker. Alaska is cold, cold enough to freeze rivers, lakes, swamps, etc. Add to this the wind chill factor and the temperatures are downright deadly.

Temperatures this cold can cause mechanical issues with your truck, treacherous road conditions, and hypothermia for drivers. That’s not all. Think about accidents, white outs caused by blizzards, ice fractures, and avalanches.

All in a day’s work? Not if you don’t know what you’re doing. But for those drivers that have the experience, they can make crazy good money for the season (only two or three months) but before you think it’s all exciting and full of adrenalin, weigh the cost of death against a good paycheck. The average pay for the season is between $20,000 and $80,000. Some sources speculate more, lots more, but let’s be reasonable. There are not as many ice road trucking jobs as there are over-the-road and you won’t find one going to a conventional company either. It’s kind of an exclusive group so if you’re a newbie with no contacts in the industry it will be difficult to break in – but not impossible.

Even with the excellent pay, most drivers don’t return the next season so the turnover rate is astronomical – about 70%. Take into account the danger, the stress, and speeds of about 15 mph all day, every day, and this job is definitely not for everyone (SOURCE). It takes a special sort of adrenaline junkie for this job!

1 800 ASPHALT LLC

Listed in
(907) 277-4258

6223 EULA STREET, 99518
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1762413

1 CLEAN UP

Listed in
(907) 337-4556

9220 KIRKWALL CIRCLE, 99502
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1697798

10TH & M SEAFOODS

Listed in
(907) 272-3474

1020 M STREET, 99501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2070505

1800GOTJUNK

Listed in
(907) 562-5865

631 EAST 48TH AVE, 99503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1710570

1ST FRONTIER MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(907) 394-8858

122 W MARYDALE AVE #30, 99669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2421074

2 BEARS TRUCKING

Listed in
(907) 262-5211

31124 EXIT AVE, 99669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1657976

2 HANDS TRUCKING AND EXCAVATING

Listed in
(907) 841-4797

800 E GLENWOOD AVE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1798541

2 SISTERS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(907) 775-3869

5491 S HANSON LOOP, 99623
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2581884

2K LEASING INC

Listed in
(907) 357-8453

2301 E KNIK GOOSE BAY RD #4, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1798824

3 WAY ELECTRIC OF ALASKA INC

Listed in
(907) 277-1694

337 E 4TH AVENUE SUITE 1, 99501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2088580

360801302

Listed in
(907) 349-7854

8000 PETERSBURG STREET, 99507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1625968

3MS INCORPORATED

Listed in
(907) 842-3417

230 HARBOR SPUR ROAD, 99576
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1890722

3P DELIVERY

Listed in
(907) 350-8851

5453 CAMELOT #4, 99508
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1775046

49ER FEED DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(907) 488-4999

1505 BRADWAY ROAD, 99705
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1683006

4C LEASING LLC

Listed in
(907) 357-9574

2171 VISION VIEW, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1650711

5FIFTY5 SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 888-5198

1880 WESTERN AVE, 99709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2411444

6 DAYS ON THE ROAD LLC

Listed in
(907) 460-6563

33308 SKYLINE DR, 99669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2552002

70 NORTH LLC

Listed in
(907) 659-2544

LOT 1 BLOCK 900, 99734
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2525546

777 TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(907) 378-6438

3225 HILLARY AVENUE, 99709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2385054

907 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(907) 223-0552

12315 WILDERNESS RD, 99516
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2148254

907 WATER WELL SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 230-1868

6630 EAST 8TH AVE, 99504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2608401

A & A EQUIPMENT

Listed in
(907) 347-1296

2120 PENROSE LANE, 99709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1665320

A & B TRACTOR WORKS

Listed in
(907) 376-4655

10564 W KAYE LAKE DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1661201

A & D SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 235-7667

70055 SILVER BERRY, 99556
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1769369

A & E CONCRETE CO

Listed in
(907) 349-9391

4801 HUNTER DRIVE, 99502-4183
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1655734

A & G ENTERPRISES LTD

Listed in
(907) 349-1166

5400 W DIMOND BLVD APT F22, 99502
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1701120

A & J FISHERIES

Listed in
(907) 209-3198

775 MITKOF HWY, 99833
Interstate
1567138

A & M SIGN AND LIGHTING MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(907) 222-1117

12100 GALENA, 99507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2432738

A & M SIGN AND LIGHTING MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(907) 222-1117

12100 GALENA, 99507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2432738

A & P MARKETS

Listed in
(907) 225-1279

3816 TONGASS AVE, 99901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1944454

A & U TRUCKING

Listed in
(907) 376-7000

6161 CHINOOK, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1777909

A & W WHOLESALE CO INC

Listed in
(907) 452-2138

2525 PHILLIPS FIELD RD, 99709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1704369

A A & S ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(907) 490-2624

876 JOY DRIVE, 99705
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1782236

A A ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(907) 232-7620

6350 FINSBURY LANE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1707263

A BETTER WAY TO DISPLAY

Listed in
(907) 357-4577

1650 WEST PARKS HIGHWAY, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1768241

A FIRE PLACE STORE

Listed in
(907) 262-9047

38926 STERLING HWY, 99669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1666114

A FULL MOON SEPTIC

Listed in
(907) 357-9111

820 E GOLDENDALE DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1944352

A GREAT MOVE

Listed in
(907) 274-3870

3523 PETERKIN AVE #A, 99508
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2087867

A I M MAINTENANCE

Listed in
(907) 486-2346

377 NEVA WAY, 99615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2363853

A M SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 232-2719

3520 N WOLVERINE DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2462136

A OK SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 360-3305

1020 EDWARD ST, 99504
Interstate
1655561

A PLUS FENCE OF ALASKA LLC

Listed in
(907) 373-7787

1400 W RIDGEVIEW DRIVE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1661762

A PLUS HOME SERVICES INC

Listed in
(907) 345-1890

7501 E 140TH AVENUE, 99516
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1641687

A PLUS INSULATION INC

Listed in
(907) 376-1496

4524 S MAINSAIL AVE, 99623
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1845776

A R C WELDING

Listed in
(907) 350-3152

22750 HUNTERS DRIVE, 99567
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1757960

A T S PORTABLE TOILETS

Listed in
(907) 746-6563

2655 N OLD GLENN HIGHWAY, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2024400

A TO Z CONSTRUCTION SVS INC

Listed in
(907) 242-3571

2955 S BIG LAKE ROAD, 99652
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1901848

A TOW CO

Listed in
(907) 357-3373

7974 W SCARLET CIRCLE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2049873

A-1 CESSPOOL THE PLUG BUSTER LLC

Listed in
(907) 376-6700

4390 E CURTIS DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2260242

A-1 ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(907) 262-8889

229 WILSON LANE, 99669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1715955

A-1 INSULATION LLC

Listed in
(907) 746-7808

1301 N WINDINGBROOK LOOP, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1721902

A-1 LAWN & LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(907) 248-7999

6727 OLD SEWARD, 99518
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1640479

A-1 RECOVERY

Listed in
(907) 452-4940

4089 PEGER RD, 99709
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1631375

A-1 SAND &GRAVEL LLC

Listed in
(907) 746-2311

DOUBLE B RD, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1638278

A-1 SNOW REMOVAL

Listed in
(907) 835-5131

1422 RICHARDSON HIGHWAY, 99686
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2168125

A-ALASKAN MIDNIGHT SUN

Listed in
(907) 745-6684

15425 EAST WHIRLAWAY CIRCLE, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1803264

A-LASKA PLUMBING HEATING AND CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 746-2746

2261 S HONRUNG RD, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2281741

A-M CHARTERS

Listed in
(907) 248-2336

4430 EDINBURGH DR, 99502
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2157633

A-PLUS MOVING & STORAGE

Listed in
(425) 496-2200

2510 POST ROAD, 99501
Interstate
1492606

A-TWO SEPTIC

Listed in
(907) 745-7867

8460 GOLD BULLION BLVD, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1651326

A&A ROOFING CO INC

Listed in
(907) 452-3633

925 ASPEN STREET, 99709
Intrastate Hazmat
1498692

A&L CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(907) 262-9819

37960 DIANE STREET, 99672
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1631683

A&M TRUCKING

Listed in
(907) 982-0375

2271 W RIDGEWOOD DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2597757

A&P TOURS INC

Listed in
(907) 272-9401

430 K STREET, 99501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2002995

A2Z

Listed in
(907) 505-9001

MP 1316 1/2 AK HWY, 99780
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1918193

AA 1 SHEET METAL FABRICATION INC

Listed in
(907) 376-0474

340 CENTAUR AVE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1781878

AA DAN’S CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(907) 776-8113

50406 KOSKELA RD, 99635
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1660684

AAA CESSPOOL SERVICE

Listed in
(907) 373-7111

2675 N RAVENS FLIGHT DRIVE, 99654-3318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1718634

AAA CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(907) 242-4993

6810 HYETT, 99523
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2633127

AAA FENCE INC

Listed in
(907) 349-7000

1701 E 82ND AVENUE, 99507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1619586

AAA SERVICES CORPORATION

Listed in
(907) 357-3771

2675 N RAVENS FLIGHT DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1848571

AAA TRANSPORT

Listed in
(907) 315-4467

344 WEST SCHROCK ROAD, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2447592

AAA TRANSPORT

Listed in
(907) 315-4467

344 WEST SCHROCK ROAD, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2447592

AAA VALLEY GRAVEL LLC

Listed in
(907) 745-0193

1100 N LITTLE BROOK LANE, 99645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1681283

AAC CONCRETE CUTTING LLC

Listed in
(907) 349-1235

6502 FAIRWEATHER DR, 99518
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1768920

AAK BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTS INC

Listed in
(907) 258-3534

2601 ARCTIC BLVD, 99503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1740654

AARDVARK EXCAVATING INC

Listed in
(907) 262-4316

36680 DUTCH LANDING LOOP, 99672
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1653122

AARDVARK PUMPING

Listed in
(907) 262-5994

37446 DUTCH LANDING LOOP, 99672
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1273615

AARON FILE TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(907) 458-8333

1577 GUNNING DRIVE, 99712
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1927474

AARON GOOD-FARM

Listed in
(310) 701-1512

13835 NORTH WILLOW DRIVE, 99688
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2144454

AARON PLUMBING AND HEATING

Listed in
(907) 452-3463

2143 STANDARD AVE, 99701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1650985

AARON’S SALES & LEASE

Listed in
(907) 770-2775

4230 OLD SEWARD HWY, 99503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1694167

ABC INC

Listed in
(907) 457-2221

401 DRIVEWAY STREET, 99701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1684213

ABC MOTORHOME RENTALS INC

Listed in
(907) 279-2000

3875 OLD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RD, 99502
Interstate
1337545

ABC RENTALS INC

Listed in
(907) 376-2500

2601 KNIK GOOSE BAY ROAD, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1660601

ABC SEAMLESS

Listed in
(907) 646-2228

6132 NIELSON WAY, 99518
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2074477

ABEL CONSTUCTION INC

Listed in
(907) 262-5525

38351 HOWARTH ST, 99669-2351
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2038427

ABLE BODY SHOP MIDTOWN LLC

Listed in
(907) 563-3344

1111 E DOWLING RD, 99518
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1919321

ABOUT TIME TRUCKING

Listed in
(907) 373-1366

6050 S NORTHERN LIGHTS, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1823960

ABOVE THE GRADE LANDSCAPE LLC

Listed in
(907) 644-9009

7610 BETHANY CIRCLE, 99507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2293653

ABSOLUTE ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE INC

Listed in
(907) 346-4490

300 LATOUCHE STREET, 99501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1656434

ABSOLUTE FRESH SEAFOODS

Listed in
(907) 738-0134

236 LINCOLN ST 100, 99835
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2199503

ABSOLUTE SERVICES INC

Listed in
(907) 346-4490

7851 SPRING ST 2, 99511
Intrastate Hazmat
2385334

ABSOLUTE TREE CARE

Listed in
(907) 747-7342

2015 CASCADE CREEK RD, 99835
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1789525

ACCUPOINT INC

Listed in
(907) 522-1600

7125 OLD SEWARD HWY #100, 99518-2282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1662539

ACE AIR SERVICES

Listed in
(907) 581-5787

79 AIRPORT BEACH RD, 99692
Intrastate Hazmat
2199445

ACE CONCRETE CONTRACTING

Listed in
(907) 357-2100

1445 W CLYDESDALE DR, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1626833

ACE DRAGON COATINGS & FOAM INC

Listed in
(907) 398-6247

43009 MORNING CIRCLE, 99611
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2020862

ACE HEATING INC

Listed in
(907) 357-6099

2780 HEATHERMAY CIRCLE, 99654
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2012495

ACE II GENERAL CONTRACTORS INC

Listed in
(907) 457-4211

2289 GUNNER LANE, 99712
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1657222