Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Arkansas

Arkansas CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

Driving through the state of Arkansas seems almost like a trucker’s dream. With over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of rivers and streams, Arkansas’ topographic variety is a sight to behold. Traveling from northwest to southeast you encounter the Ozark Plateau with low mountains, hills, valleys, trees, rivers and streams.

The Arkansas River and valley split the state almost in half. South of the river are the Ouachita Mountains. And what would Arkansas be without its hot springs? These 143ºF waters are found in the eastern ridges and valleys of the Ouachita Mountains.

The Mississippi Delta Region covers the eastern and southern areas of the state. The most important river in the state (and no doubt the eastern portion of the U.S.) is the Mississippi. The river begins in northwestern Minnesota and weaves its way south to the Gulf of Mexico, right below New Orleans. The Mississippi River is still a significant transportation artery for the country.

Arkansas can be a great place to work, live – and drive. Surrounding states include Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee. So potentially you could be driving some of the most picturesque highways in the country.

The estimated number of truck drivers in Arkansas is 33,210 with a projected employment increase of 11% by 2024, almost twice the national average of 6%. This means more chances for you to land a job here. The average salary is $39,430 and the average hourly wage is $18.95.

When you look at median salary numbers (exactly 50% more and 50% less) the median for the state is $37,220 while $41,340 is the median for the U.S. Still, depending on where you live and what company you work for your salary could be different. Here are some median salaries for some of the more populated Arkansas cities:

  • Little Rock $38,310
  • Jonesboro $34,170
  • Pine Bluff $33, 540
  • Hot Springs $30,010

You can see that even small distances between cities can have a wide variance in average pay for truck drivers.

Arkansas CDL License Information

You are required to have an Arkansas CDL if you operate the following types of vehicles. This applies to most states in the U.S.

  • CLASS A: covers combination vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of more than 26,000 pounds, and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the towed vehicle is more than 10,000 pounds. A driver with a Class A CDL (plus any endorsements) can operate vehicles included in the other classes, too – B, C, and D.
  • CLASS B: for single or combination vehicles where the GVWR of the single vehicle is more than 26,000 pounds. The vehicle being towed cannot be more than 10,000 pounds. Again, a driver that has an Arkansas Class B CDL (plus any endorsements) can legally operate all vehicles in the lower classes – C or D.
  • CLASS C: A single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that doesn’t fall into Class A or Class B as noted above. A Class C CDL is required for vehicles designed to transport 16 or more people including the driver. It’s also a necessity for transportation of hazardous materials and the vehicle needs to be placarded as described in the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR part 172, subpart F).

If you are at least 18 you can drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) within Arkansas only (intrastate).

However, once you’re at least 21 you can earn a CDL that allows you to operate:

  • commercial vehicles across state lines (interstate)
  • transport hazardous materials that require placarding
  • operate a vehicle with doubles or triples trailers

How to Apply for an Arkansas CDL

To find out all the specifics of what you need for CDL Documentation and Identification in the state of Arkansas click here. Basically it includes:

  • A current Department of Transportation long medical form filled out by your doctor.
  • Proof of a Transportation Security Administration background check if you want to get a hazardous materials endorsement.
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen, you must legally be in permanent status in the United States and living in Arkansas, plus you’ll need paperwork that proves that.

Helpful Hint: You need to pay the fees for the CDL BEFORE you take the knowledge tests so have the payment with you. After paying the fees for general knowledge, air brakes, and any endorsements you want to acquire, you’ll have three attempts to pass each portion of the test. Have your medical examiners card or DOT medical card BEFORE applying.

Arkansas Trucking In The News

Challenges in the Trucking Industry

Trucking is a difficult job that’s labor intensive, and the industry itself is heavily regulated. But those regulations are there to keep you and everyone around you safer on the road.
Trucking managers supervise a diverse group of people (the drivers) who are not on-site but may be hundreds sometimes thousands of miles away.

It’s the manager’s job to ensure his/her drivers are prepared to safely deliver freight to its destination. Safety regulations govern all aspects of trucking because without these regulations it would be a highly dangerous job. To perform their job in the best way possible, managers need to know and understand the regulatory structure and processes.

Driver turnover is a huge problem in the industry. The American Trucking Association estimates that driver turnover at larger companies was about 74% in the first quarter of 2017. If other industries had to replace 74 percent of their employees every quarter there would be a lot of failed businesses.

Not only that, drivers who leave are often replaced by younger drivers who have less experience. This is the point at which safety becomes an issue because operating a CMV requires skill and experience, which you can only get over time.

To remedy these issues, Arkansas trucking companies are starting to hire managers who are trained to retain staff, understand best practices for safety, and comply with industry and federal safety regulations. Trucking managers have to understand how to improve driver job satisfaction so companies can retain these experienced employees. Once driver turnover begins to decrease, roadway safety should improve (SOURCE).

1911 CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

Listed in
(870) 536-0891

516 SOUTH CHERRY, 71603
Interstate
2266749

1963

Listed in
(870) 368-4753

298 ZION RD, 72573
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2594594

1986

Listed in
(479) 790-1344

3717 CALHOON TRAIL, 71854
Interstate
1918976

1991

Listed in
(479) 715-6928

56 SKIPTON DR, 72714
Interstate
1411014

1ST CAVALRY LOGISTICS

Listed in
(501) 960-6414

7 TOMAHAWK DR, 72022
Interstate
1303413

2 HAWK DISTRIBUTING LLC

Listed in
(870) 734-7055

2919 PHILLIPS 251 ROAD, 72355
Interstate
1729583

2 SONS – 3 DAUGHTERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(501) 650-6120

17011 HARVEY WATSON RD, 72142
Interstate
2405064

2 SONS – 3 DAUGHTERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(501) 650-6120

17011 HARVEY WATSON RD, 72142
Interstate
2405064

24-7 CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(870) 818-0262

176 OUACHITA 406, 71711
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123449

24-7 CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(870) 818-0262

176 OUACHITA 406, 71711
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123449

24-7 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(501) 384-2112

201 SCHOOL ST, 71942
Interstate
2483455

2WINFARMS LLC

Listed in
(479) 442-7660

304 HUNTCLIFF DR, 72404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2164112

3 COATS CARRIERS LLC

Listed in
(870) 633-4670

112 CATHY ST, 72326
Interstate
2493615

3 J EXPRESS

Listed in
(901) 482-1712

HIGHWAY 147 SOUTH, 72376
Interstate
2378362

3 J EXPRESS

Listed in
(901) 482-1712

HIGHWAY 147 SOUTH, 72376
Interstate
2378362

3 J EXPRESS

Listed in
(901) 482-1712

HIGHWAY 147 SOUTH, 72376
Interstate
2378362

3 RIVERS EXPEDITED INC

Listed in
(870) 830-5750

2002 S CHERRY, 72160
Interstate
2354541

3 RIVERS EXPEDITED INC

Listed in
(870) 830-5750

2002 S CHERRY, 72160
Interstate
2354541

3 TIER TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 734-2222

126 W CYPRESS ST, 72021
Interstate
2496680

3-B TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(870) 439-2652

197 HWY 235, 72675
Interstate
1078972

316 LOGGING INC

Listed in
(501) 425-3028

288 MALVERN ROAD, 71923
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2579569

360 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(870) 494-4585

101 KIMBERLY CV, 72394
Interstate
2423934

3B TRUCKING

Listed in
(479) 787-9638

13611 PRITCHARD ROAD, 72736
Interstate
2599729

3D CONTRACTING CORP

Listed in
(870) 859-2071

15004 HWY 371 S, 71861
Interstate
1015709

3D FARMS LLC

Listed in
(870) 772-4700

409 HAZEL, 71854
Interstate
2568812

3KC INC

Listed in
(870) 356-7433

7592 AIRPORT RD, 71933
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2552092

3RK TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 299-9220

300 SYLVIA ST, 71753
Interstate
2642518

4 BAR S

Listed in
(479) 751-3595

17663 E HWY 412, 72764
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1733652

4 H TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(870) 793-5073

100 LESLIE HOLLOW RD, 72501
Interstate
1595699

4 SEASONS TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 816-0833

657 SEMINOLE STREET, 72390
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2346076

4 SEASONS TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 816-0833

657 SEMINOLE STREET, 72390
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2346076

4 SISTERS TRUCK BROKERS LLC

Listed in
(870) 995-9995

4752 LEE COUNTY RD 119, 72368
Interstate
2550546

48 XPRESS INC

Listed in
(786) 405-8045

400 WEST CAPITOL AVENUE, SUITE 1700, 72201
Interstate
2627825

4D TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(870) 342-5003

11762 HWY 8, 71921
Interstate
2433391

4D TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(870) 342-5003

11762 HWY 8, 71921
Interstate
2433391

4D TRUCKING

Listed in
(479) 234-1873

151 DICKERSON LANE, 71937
Interstate
2575131

4G EQUIPMENT

Listed in
(501) 772-2601

15781 SPRING CLUB DRIVE, 72065
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2538626

5M HAULING LLC

Listed in
(870) 844-5015

1889 BATESVILLE BLVD, 72501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2508354

64 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(870) 317-4589

1107 SFC 107, 72372-0783
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2357689

71B AUTO AUCTION

Listed in
(479) 756-5001

4635 NORTH THOMPSON STREET, 72764-8410
Interstate
2292328

790480912

Listed in
(870) 725-3731

3170 OUACHITA 67, 71751
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1733706

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(903) 306-4773

641 LITTLE RIVER 43, 71822
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2395253

A & B PALLET SUPPLY

Listed in
(479) 928-4355

12422 WILDWOOD ROAD, 72944
Interstate
2122879

A & B PALLET SUPPLY

Listed in
(479) 928-4355

12422 WILDWOOD ROAD, 72944
Interstate
2122879

A & D FARMS

Listed in
(870) 894-6474

291 LAFAYETTE 211, 71826
Interstate
1199333

A & D SUPPLY INC OF ARKANSAS

Listed in
(479) 631-1557

950 NORTH 2ND STREET, 72756
Interstate
1383473

A & J TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 292-9870

515 NORTH LONG, 71801
Interstate
2123059

A & J TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 292-9870

515 NORTH LONG, 71801
Interstate
2123059

A & L ENTERPRISE

Listed in
(214) 450-7884

407 EAST SWEETWATER RD, 72758
Interstate
1492355

A & M TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 703-9441

5828 HWY 29 N, 71825
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2355819

A & M TRUCKING OF MONROE ARKANSAS LLC

Listed in
(870) 734-6351

18438 HIGHWAY 39, 72021
Interstate
2360442

A & S TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(903) 241-0450

1077 MC 62, 71854
Interstate
2452927

A & S TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(903) 241-0450

1077 MC 62, 71854
Interstate
2452927

A & T HAULING INC

Listed in
(501) 215-6607

10513 DIAMOND DRIVE, 72209
Interstate
2252737

A AND J TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 735-1351

28 SOUTH MORRISON, 72364
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1068995

A B OIL COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(870) 578-9585

900 EAST JACKSON, 72432
Intrastate Hazmat
2570327

A D H

Listed in
(719) 760-9458

RR1 BOX 456, 72685
Interstate
1774381

A DEPENDABLE FENCING CO INC

Listed in
(479) 968-7322

4315 E MAIN ST, 72802
Interstate
2493184

A HARRIS MOVING & STORAGE INC

Listed in
(479) 649-7070

6901 JENNY LIND RD, 72903
Interstate
1133688

A K MILLS INC

Listed in
(501) 777-9351

PO BOX 13, 71835-0013
Intrastate Hazmat
275882

A MANNING TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 270-2800

114 NORTH FLORIDA STREET, 72360
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2405784

A MANNING TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 270-2800

114 NORTH FLORIDA STREET, 72360
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2405784

A R T’S TIRE

Listed in
(501) 316-4475

3120 SCOTT SMITH RD, 72002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1091634

A R T’S TIRE

Listed in
(501) 316-4475

3120 SCOTT SMITH RD, 72002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1091634

A T SMITH

Listed in
(479) 789-2211

4281 N MAIN, 72738
Interstate
1814797

A TO Z PAPER CHEMICAL

Listed in
(870) 933-6666

5305 STADIUM, 72404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1597943

A W EVANS LOGGING

Listed in
(870) 687-3648

200 PEACH ST, 71720
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1133610

A WILLIAMS LEATHER

Listed in
(501) 231-9673

1310 HIGHWAY 11 NORTH, 72040
Interstate
1461226

A Y TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 871-2264

312 NEVADA 25, 71858
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2359559

A-1 TRAILER LLC

Listed in
(479) 394-7711

2610 HWY 88E, 71953
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1488386

A-1 TRUSS INC

Listed in
(870) 569-4988

2800 BATESVILLE BLVD, 72501
Interstate
2515299

A-1 WRECKER SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(870) 732-1010

1408 THOMPSON, 72301
Interstate
1803426

A-ADVANTAGE WAREHOUSE

Listed in
(479) 927-3388

659 E RANDALL WOBBE LANE, 72764
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1075198

A-STAR TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(501) 247-9711

200 SHAMROCK DR, 72118
Interstate
2005285

A-TEAM TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(501) 515-9799

6404 NAVAJO TRL, 72116
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2393195

A&A COMMUNICATIONS INC

Listed in
(817) 296-3083

102 WORMWOOD DRIVE, 71970
Interstate
1764005

A&A NOW TRUCKING

Listed in
(501) 332-6722

507 N BANKS, 72104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2186607

A&A RUNNING WILD

Listed in
(501) 944-4849

301 N E 2ND STREET, 72823
Interstate
1024613

A&B DIRT MOVERS INC

Listed in
(501) 329-5182

1425 HWY 365 SOUTH, 72032
Interstate
2098258

A&B DISTRIBUTORS OF ARKANSAS INC

Listed in
(202) 521-1484

416 WEST STRIBLING DRIVE, 72756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2362702

A&D OTR TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(870) 514-5463

948 NEIL SAIN LOOP, 72364
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2472342

A&D SUPPLY OF FORT SMITH LLC

Listed in
(479) 668-2111

5434 WHEELER AVE, 72901
Interstate
2635660

A&E TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Listed in
(870) 819-5000

31 WARNER DRIVE, 72450
Interstate
2589697

A&L TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(870) 474-5053

601 N GREENING ST, 71801-9411
Interstate
1695138

AAA BUSINESS SYSTEMS INC

Listed in
(479) 442-4185

2715 N DRAKE STREET, 72703
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2377462

AAH LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(479) 649-7070

4700 SOUTH ZERO, 72903
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2267206

AAM TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(501) 655-9315

214 CEDAR CREEK RD, 71901
Interstate
2542637

AARON BOSWELL

Listed in
(903) 276-5228

277 MC 472 LOT 1, 71854
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2251909

AARON SANDERS

Listed in
(479) 285-3459

12200 MOUNTAINVIEW RD, 72944
Interstate
2576530

AARON’S

Listed in
(479) 301-2235

5337 W WHEELER RD, 72704
Interstate
2207145

AARY HOTSHOT XPRESS LLC

Listed in
(479) 719-7851

5113 SOUTH 31ST, 72901
Interstate
2451784

AARY HOTSHOT XPRESS LLC

Listed in
(479) 719-7851

5113 SOUTH 31ST, 72901
Interstate
2451784

ABBOTT LOGGING

Listed in
(479) 650-4658

26497 HWY 28 W, 72958
Interstate
1717564

ABC READY MIX

Listed in
(870) 867-0122

225 FEATHERSTON STREET, 71957
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1669636

ABC SALVAGE & SCRAP METAL INC

Listed in
(501) 455-2225

8116 STAGECOACH ROAD, 72210
Interstate
1315093

ABERNATHY CONSTRUCTION & EXCAVATION INC

Listed in
(501) 617-1512

5392 HWY 27 NORTH, 71970
Interstate
1650715

ABERNATHY CONSTRUTION

Listed in
(870) 867-2250

190 CIRCLE DRIVE, 71957
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1669125

ABERNATHY TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(501) 412-9011

6013 LANCASTER RD, 72209
Interstate
2541679

ABIAS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(501) 760-2602

2480 MOUNTAIN PINE ROAD, 71913
Interstate
2553552

ABIDE FURNITURE & INTERIORS

Listed in
(479) 750-5225

4176 S THOMPSON, 72764
Interstate
1301683