Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Arizona

Arizona CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

The majority of people who start out in the trucking industry (71%) have at least a high school education and some have been to college but did not get a degree. Working in the trucking industry isn’t simply about driving all the time. There are many other activities you might perform in a day that the variety will keep you from being bored. Following are a few:

  • Inspect cargo for proper loading
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions
  • Review documents to determine compliance
  • Review work orders and schedules
  • Maintain vehicles
  • Map out routes

If you’re located in Arizona you’ve already got a fantastic place to perform your job: Indian pueblos, cliff dwellings, and a blue sky that goes on forever. Arizona is the only state in the U.S. that contains part of all four deserts: Chihuahuan, Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin. Besides the desert and its unusual animals, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, petrified forests and the saguaro cactus. Imagine the views as you drive through this state.

If you obtain an interstate CDL then you may find yourself venturing in to some of Arizona’s bordering states: Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, and Utah.

The most populated cities in Arizona are Phoenix, the capital and Tucson. These are also the hottest cities in the summer and winters are quite mild.

There are an estimated 23,310 truck drivers in Arizona with an average salary of $42,310 per year and an average hourly wage of $20.34. When comparing median figures, (exactly 50% above and 50% below) Arizona has a lower median salary $39,680 than the whole of the U.S. $41,340. But depending on what city you’re in, the median salary will fluctuate:

  • Flagstaff $43,970
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale $40,170
  • Tucson $40,550

In addition, it’s a great time to be a truck driver in Arizona because the 10-year projected employment increase for the years 2014-2024 is a whopping 18% for Arizona while the U.S. as a whole is only 6%.

Arizona CDL License Information and Insights

If you’re a beginning driver, before you can get your CDL you must get a CDL permit, which is good for 6 months. If you’re 18 years old, you can apply for an intrastate CDL that is valid within Arizona only. Until you are 21 you cannot transport any kind of hazardous materials or apply for the CDL license.

To save you time and money here’s the paperwork you should have with you before you pay any fees or take any tests:

  • A Medical Examiner Certificate or ADOT card. Your physical exam must be recent and performed by:
    • a licensed doctor of medicine
    • doctor of osteopathy
    • physician assistant
    • advanced practice nurse
    • or doctor of chiropractic
  • Your Social Security card
  • A valid operator license
  • An acceptable form of ID like a driver’s license or passport
  • Proof that your presence in the United States is authorized under federal law. Arizona law and FMCSA regulation 49 CFR 383.71 require you to do so. Contact the AZ DOT for a list of acceptable proof of authorized presence.
  • Then, prove one year of driving experience in a vehicle other than a motorcycle. For out-of-state applicants, your out-of-state license must have been issued more than one year ago or you can provide a motor vehicle record (MVR) issued by another state that shows proof of at least one year of driving history and is less than 30 days old.
  • Finally, successfully complete all applicable knowledge and skills testing. There are fees, but they are quite affordable.
    (SOURCE)

Arizona Trucking In The News

Trucker accidentally shoots self then blames it on someone else

In June, law enforcement officials say a truck driver who reported being shot while driving on I-10 eventually confessed that he had shot himself accidentally.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety made this statement on its Facebook page:
“During an investigative interview with the commercial truck driver, he admitted to state detectives, that he accidentally shot himself within the cab of the commercial truck and falsely reported having been the victim of a shooting. The investigation remains open.”

Several media outlets originally reported that the driver had been shot while driving on I-10 (SOURCE).

Common Types of Arizona Trucking Jobs

Once you earn your CDL, you’re finally ready to start your new career in the trucking industry. One way you can earn a larger salary is to earn additional certifications. Following are a few certifications that can add those extra $$ to your paycheck.

Doubles and Triples

To become qualified to drive a truck that has multiple trailers, you need a doubles and triples certification. Throughout the certification process, you’ll learn the skills to safely connect and maneuver the extra trailers.

Tanker

When you’re certified to drive a tanker, you can transport liquids. In order to so you need to learn how to safely fill and seal your tanker for transport. Tanker certified drivers are in high demand. Since many of the liquids are hazardous not to mention explosive, you’ll want to get your HAZMAT certification as well.

HAZMAT

When you add a HAZMAT certification to your CDL, you can transport dangerous goods including gasoline, oil, or flammable materials. Because this type of driving has additional risks and requires additional knowledge, this job usually earns a higher salary (SOURCE).

A Day in the Life of a Trucker

There are plenty of pros and cons to any job. Before you become a trucker think about what type you want to be. Are you single and want to travel the country? Or maybe you’re married with kids? There are all types of drivers in all sorts of relationships but it seems that those who love trucking can think of no other way they’d prefer to live their lives.

Here are seven points to think about before deciding to become a trucker:

  1. Many drivers like to get moving before the light, while others prefer to drive through the night. Any time you can avoid the majority of the driving population is probably a good idea. Most of the time OTR drivers don’t have a particular “start time” so they can decide when to begin their day.
  2. Working up to 70 hours over an eight-day period is not unheard of. However, there are rules that trucking companies must follow. After 70 hours, you have to take a full 34 hours off. Also, you cannot drive more than 11 hours in a day and once that day is over it’s followed by a 10-hour break.
  3. Some drivers are paid hourly, but most of the time, compensation is calculated by miles driven.
  4. You can earn a better salary if you become a trainer, or haul oversize freight or hazardous materials.
  5. OTR drivers almost never have to unload freight, but they do sometimes have to wait around while shipping and receiving departments unload and check paperwork.
  6. Most drivers are expected to cover 125,000 miles per year. That’s somewhere around 2,500 miles a week, 500 miles a day. It’s definitely something to consider. Do you really like driving that much?
  7. A day in the life of a trucker is not all gloom and doom. There are many perks like the possibility of seeing the country, sitting up higher than most drivers, and hanging with other truckers. Plus, today’s trucks have all the modern conveniences like comfort with ergonomically designed seats, temperature controre (SOURCE).

007 J TRUCKING

Listed in
(623) 444-6418

6002 N FLORENCE AVE, 85340
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1712335

1 800 PACK RAT PHOENIX

Listed in
(602) 278-6523

2225 S 43RD AVE, 85009
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1562433

1 SPECIALIZED MOVE

Listed in
(520) 409-7526

2932 E 20TH ST, 85716
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1805425

1 V P TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(602) 332-8718

8603 N 22ND AVE #269, 85021
Interstate
1623437

123 AZBULLDOG B AND B TRANSPORT

Listed in
(602) 377-9661

20818 E ZARAGOZA, 86333
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335600

123 AZBULLDOG B AND B TRANSPORT

Listed in
(602) 377-9661

20818 E ZARAGOZA, 86333
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335600

1925

Listed in
(602) 478-6666

3819W DALPHIN RD, 85051
Interstate
1102505

1925

Listed in
(602) 478-6666

3819W DALPHIN RD, 85051
Interstate
1102505

1979

Listed in
(520) 586-7963

1764 N OCOTILLO RD, 85602
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2556242

1992

Listed in
(623) 570-8392

8356 W MELINDA LN, 85382
Intrastate Hazmat
1601467

1ST CHOICE AUTO PARTS

Listed in
(602) 276-1318

1950 W BROADWAY RD, 85041
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2328379

1ST CHOICE AUTO PARTS

Listed in
(602) 276-1318

1950 W BROADWAY RD, 85041
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2328379

1ST CHOICE LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(480) 830-7078

3522 WEST TYSON ST, 85226
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2342008

1ST CHOICE LIMOUSINE SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(480) 830-7078

3522 WEST TYSON ST, 85226
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2342008

1ST CHOICE MEDICAL TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(480) 232-7050

11282 W HARRISON ST, 85323
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2058391

1ST CHOICE MOVING & STORAGE

Listed in
(602) 353-1400

5555 N 51ST AVE SUITE 101, 85301
Interstate
1078585

1ST CHOICE TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(623) 249-7215

5410 S 54TH LANE, 85339
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1767263

1ST CLASS FOAM

Listed in
(602) 722-0663

23802 N 38TH AVE, 85310
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1982309

1ST INTEGRITY MOVERS AND STORAGE LP

Listed in
(602) 651-4611

10636 N 15TH LANE, 85029
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2475348

1ST PRECISION GRADING LLC

Listed in
(623) 876-8661

12606 W CHERRY HILLS DR, 85335
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1681719

1ST PROPANE OF SNOWFLAKE

Listed in
(928) 536-5049

1710 W RUTLEDGE, 85937
Intrastate Hazmat
1832370

1ST SOURCE MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(520) 466-1149

3940 N DEL MONTE DR, 85131
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2327690

1ST SOURCE MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(520) 466-1149

3940 N DEL MONTE DR, 85131
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2327690

2 5 LLC

Listed in
(520) 272-2178

6691 S PLACITA SEGOVIA, 85757
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1804515

2 JUNK IT

Listed in
(480) 855-1951

4513 EAST INDIGO STREET, 85298
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2340861

2 JUNK IT

Listed in
(480) 855-1951

4513 EAST INDIGO STREET, 85298
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2340861

2 SCHILLINGS

Listed in
(602) 391-7550

2015 N HOPI LN, 86323
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2075297

2 SONS TRUCKING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(480) 584-2013

5415 W TONTO RD, 85308
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2371663

2 WAY TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(623) 224-7413

9629 W REDBIRD RD, 85383
Interstate
2427810

21 ST CENTURY TRUCKING

Listed in
(928) 782-4301

1302 S 5TH AVENUE, 85364
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1051239

212 INDUSTRIES

Listed in
(623) 810-3696

1435 NORTH ELISEO C FELIX JR, 85323
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1803110

21ST CENTURY HEALTHCARE INC

Listed in
(480) 966-8201

2119 S WILSON ST, 85282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1831464

21YUCO GIN INC II

Listed in
(928) 329-9955

7474 EAST HIGHWAY 95, 85365
Interstate
202346

223 HARBOR INC

Listed in
(480) 988-3902

4286 E SIDEWINDER CT, 85297
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1677982

24 – 7 TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(602) 281-5715

3316 W LAS PALMARITAS DR, 85051
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2021626

24 7 LOGISTICS

Listed in
(702) 237-8686

1163 E CHANDLER BLVD, 85225
Interstate
2583293

24 SEVEN EQUIPMENT & SERVICES

Listed in
(602) 388-2283

1131 EAST KERRY LANE, 85024
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1793959

24-7 GO GREEN PUMP LLC

Listed in
(632) 939-7861

6614 N 58TH AVE, 85301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1997843

24-7 IT & ELECTRONICS RESTORATION INC

Listed in
(480) 270-8002

2065 WEST OBISPO AVE SUITE 101, 85233
Interstate
2355850

2C TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(520) 398-9923

12250 W ARIVACA RD, 85645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1683638

2ND GENERATION TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(623) 418-1330

2405 N 92ND LANE, 85037
Interstate
2085856

2ND MILE CIRCLE MOVING LLC

Listed in
(602) 324-7179

32615 N NORTH VALLLEY PKWY 110, 85085
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1736299

2ND MILE CIRCLE MOVING LLC

Listed in
(602) 324-7179

3041 N 87TH AVE, 85037
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2485450

2S SHAVINGS

Listed in
(928) 636-1741

1151 E RD 4 NORTH, 86323
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1983013

3 ANGEL’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(480) 849-7934

21788 W CHEYENNE DRIVE, 85326
Interstate
1104986

3 C RANCH

Listed in
(928) 442-3478

2680 IRON SPRINGS RD, 86338
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2368339

3 HOOLIGANS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(928) 237-6207

4826 JUDY CIRCLE, 86314
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1746095

3 J TRUCKING

Listed in
(520) 510-9450

603 W RACINE LOOP, 85222
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1372040

3 SISTERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(520) 824-3481

1001 GASKILL RD, 85643
Interstate
250267

3 SONS DP

Listed in
(602) 677-5366

1461 W RUNION, 85043
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2104913

3 SONS DP

Listed in
(602) 677-5366

1461 W RUNION, 85043
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2104913

3-D GRADING INC

Listed in
(928) 541-9710

2100 CALVARY, 86301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1708329

359 TRANSPORT

Listed in
(602) 376-9802

4029 E TRIGGER WAY, 85297
Interstate
1751669

360 WASHOUT SERVICES

Listed in
(480) 464-4424

535 N 51ST AVENUE, 85043
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1859689

3626 W ELM ST PHOENIX AZ

Listed in
(602) 330-3626

2735 W BELMONT AVE, 85051
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1824595

3B CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(623) 374-4389

220 W BLUE WASH ROAD, 85087
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1745836

3B CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(520) 559-5903

9867 E COYOTE TRL, 85615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2470419

3D OUTDOOR LANDSCAPES

Listed in
(602) 293-6029

15220 N 27 ST, 85032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2589153

3G CONSTRUCTION CO INC

Listed in
(602) 569-0900

1820 E DEER VALLEY RD, 85024
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2343877

3G CONSTRUCTION CO INC

Listed in
(602) 569-0900

1820 E DEER VALLEY RD, 85024
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2343877

3J TRUCKING

Listed in
(520) 409-9412

7040 W IRVINGTON RD, 85735
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1680950

3M&D TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(623) 773-9024

7711 W BETTY ELYSE, 85382
Interstate
1164391

3P SOLUTIONS INC

Listed in
(602) 499-0687

1850 E SOUTHERN AVE #2, 85282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1727246

3RD ROCK CONCRETE

Listed in
(602) 795-4579

6312 W ORANGEWOOD AVE, 85301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2726985

3W TRUCKING

Listed in
(520) 429-3342

11708 N MUSKET RD, 85653
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1849663

4 ACES TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(520) 423-0658

11486 W CALLE CON QUESO, 85222
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1677795

4 ASES SHUTTLE

Listed in
(520) 741-2240

5232 E LINNET, 85713
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1701562

4 D’S TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(602) 552-4022

19437 W MADISON ST, 85326
Interstate
2459006

4 D’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(520) 508-2826

11361 N MOORE ROAD, 85610
Interstate
1328587

4 GEN LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(623) 386-4511

23860 W HWY 85, 85326
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1582145

4 HIRE LLC

Listed in
(520) 512-5294

5135 N CASA GRANDE HIGHWAY, 85743
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1676050

4 LANE LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(352) 789-5853

1430 S PONDEROSA DR, 85296
Interstate
2547121

4 PEAKS TRUCKING & TRANSPORT

Listed in
(928) 200-0206

5332 E GOLDEN HILL RD, 85501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2457405

4 PINES LLC

Listed in
(602) 547-3727

6378 W LIBBY STREET, 85308
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1703799

4 RIOS CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(520) 514-0313

5609 E 24TH STREET, 85711
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1775279

4 S’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(480) 988-3163

25235 SOUTH 194 ST, 85242-9490
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1049602

4 SANCHEZ POOL PLASTERING LLC

Listed in
(623) 915-3373

6944 W PATRICIA ANN LANE, 85382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345798

4 SANCHEZ POOL PLASTERING LLC

Listed in
(623) 915-3373

6944 W PATRICIA ANN LANE, 85382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345798

4 U LIMOUSINES LLC

Listed in
(602) 494-1958

2643 E ADAMS ST, 85034
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2024053

4 US TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(623) 582-2630

3222 W SENTINEL ROCK ROAD, 85086
Interstate
1106062

4-U TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(602) 757-1880

2803 N DAKOTA ST, 85225
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1697949

42957

Listed in
(623) 512-5402

9151 W DEANNA DR, 85382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2116085

42957

Listed in
(623) 512-5402

9151 W DEANNA DR, 85382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2116085

44SHIPPING

Listed in
(480) 326-9716

1556 W JUDD RD, 85142
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2262638

4802033299

Listed in
(480) 833-3464

2309 E GRANDVIEW, 85213
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2459821

4804442402

Listed in
(480) 444-2402

2636 S WILSON ST, 85282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335957

4804442402

Listed in
(480) 444-2402

2636 S WILSON ST, 85282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335957

4MW TRUCKING

Listed in
(602) 442-1221

3230 W MCKINLEY, 85009
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1498031

5 J’S EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(480) 392-3251

2409 W CHIPMAN RD, 85041
Interstate
1450122

5 STAR COURIER

Listed in
(623) 879-9500

19790 EAST SQUAW VALLEY DRIVE, 85324
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1945325

5 STAR MANUFACTURED HOME INSTALLATIONS LLC

Listed in
(520) 803-7622

6545 S BLUE SKY TRAIL, 85615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1739259

5 STAR MOVING & TRANSFER

Listed in
(480) 550-1891

460 S SOLOMON, 85204
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2459917

5 TO 1 LLC

Listed in
(602) 291-0324

2050 S 59TH AVE #B, 85043
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1831255

5 TO 1 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(602) 481-5001

2050 S 59TH AVE #B, 85043
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1903849

512 CUSTOM FAB

Listed in
(602) 686-0403

16762 WEST TORONTO WAY, 85338
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2460027

5150 HEAVY HAUL LLC

Listed in
(970) 560-5923

4454 E COVINA ST, 85205-7145
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2522734

5D MINING AND CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(928) 425-2998

807 W SULLIVAN STREET, 85539
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1716872

5K EQUIPMENT SERVICES

Listed in
(928) 537-1466

501 S 9TH PLACE, 85901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2034847

602 ENT

Listed in
(602) 321-1309

48013 N QUAIL RUN RD, 85087
Interstate
2469449

602 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(602) 469-6080

6330 S 27TH AVE, 85041
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2527165