Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Colorado

Colorado CDL Trucker Salary Information

The greatest aspect of trucking has got to be the ability to work anywhere with the right training and credentials. You can live in any state in the U.S. or virtually any country in the world as long as you have the proper experience and paperwork.

You will be responsible for keeping the status quo –getting food to grocery stores, keeping businesses stocked with product, and sometimes bringing much needed supplies to those who have been affected by a natural disaster. The world depends on you.

If you’re looking for a trucking job in Colorado, there’s a good chance you may make deliveries to any or all of the states around the border – Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming.

This is a fantastic time to be a trucker in Colorado as the projected employment increase from 2014-2024 is estimated at 25% for the state, but only 6% for the U.S. as a whole. So if you’re looking for a trucking job, you’re in the right place.

Presently there are an estimated 23,380 truck drivers in Colorado. The average salary here is $47,340 and the average hourly wage is $22.76. Of course salaries fluctuate depending on need and city. For example, the median U.S. salary for truck drivers is $41,340 while Denver’s median salary is $47,740, Boulder’s is $42,540, Fort Collins is $43,480, and Pueblo is $37,930.

Is Training Included and Ongoing?

Training is a major component of learning any job. As a trucker you will have incidents in which your training will come in handy in solving issues and maybe even saving lives – from maneuvering through narrow spaces to driving through inclement weather and perhaps the biggest danger of all – the public.

Knowing how to anticipate a possible problem and solving it before it happens, or making the impact less by using your knowledge, you save yourself, other people and your cargo so that everyone can arrive safely at their destination.

When interviewing for a job be sure to ask about ongoing training as DOT regulations change often and you need to keep up with the changes and move up in your career.

Colorado CDL License Information and Insights

Every state in the country requires you to have a valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to operate the following:

  • A commercial vehicle that has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 26,001 pounds.
  • A commercial vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers. This number includes the driver.
  • Any vehicle transporting hazardous materials. These vehicles must have the proper placard to be in compliance with 49 CFR Part 172, Subpart F. The placard looks something like this but with the required information regarding the material(s) in the shipment in each of the colored squares.

CDLs are valid for 4 years and if you have one, you can drive commercial vehicles as well as regular vehicles.

Following are some restrictions that may be placed on your CDL. K – Intrastate Restriction: means you can drive only within the state of Colorado. If you have an intrastate restriction it means one of the following:

  • You are 18 to 21 years of age
  • You self-certified to Non Excepted Intrastate Driving (option C) or Excepted Intrastate Driving (option D)
  • You don’t meet the DOT’s medical requirements and the Colorado State Patrol issued you a waiver
  • An FMCSA exemption lets you drive for intrastate commerce only

L – Air Brakes Restriction

If you took the skills test in a commercial vehicle that doesn’t have air brakes, you aren’t qualified to drive trucks with air brakes, so a restriction is placed on the CDL. Therefore, make a mental note right now – if you will be driving a truck with air brakes, take the skills test in a vehicle with air brakes. Otherwise it’s a huge hassle of passing a written exam on air brakes, buying another CDL permit with the restriction removed, and then passing a full driving skills test before you can get a CDL without the L restriction.

The same goes for other types of vehicle restrictions, too:

  • E – No Manual Transmission CMV means you took the test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission.
  • M – No Class A Passenger Vehicle means you can drive only Class B or Class C passenger vehicles.
  • N – No Class A or B Passenger Vehicle means you showed up in a Class C passenger vehicle and that’s all you’re allowed to drive for now.
  • O – No Tractor Trailer CMV: The vehicle you used for the CDL skills test was not a traditional tractor and didn’t have a fifth-wheel coupling system.
  • V – Interstate Medical Variance: The V restriction is given if a driver has an approved vision or diabetes medical waiver from FMCSA.(SOURCE)

You need to understand and know your desired career path so you can understand what restrictions you should be aware of while trying to earn your CDL.

Colorado Trucking In The News

How Legalized Marijuana has Affected the Trucking Industry… Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado since 2014, and as more states legalize the drug, it’s becoming a real problem for the trucking industry. Drug tests have shown an increase in marijuana use for current drivers and especially job applicants who are failing at rates as high as 60%. High is right.

Many trucking companies are finding it hard to find good drivers with all the people testing positive for marijuana use. Recreational marijuana is currently legal in Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

Trucking companies aren’t going to loosen their zero-tolerance policies (lucky for the rest of us) because marijuana is still illegal under federal law and Department of Transportation regulations (SOURCE).

But perhaps this could be the answer –

Self-driving Truck sets Guinness World Record
A self-driving Budweiser beer tractor-trailer went for a 132-mile jaunt last October and has officially been given a Guinness World Record. Otto, a tech company, manufactured the self-driving vehicle that hauled 51,744 cans of Budweiser from Fort Collins, through Denver and on to Colorado Springs October 20, 2016.

Everyone was safe as the state police were nearby and there was a man in the truck who occasionally sat in the driver’s seat. But even from the sleeper cab he was able to monitor the trip. He just never took the wheel. Guess he let Jesus do it (SOURCE).

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(970) 454-2973

216 1ST ST SUITE D, 80615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2580958

0000 A-1 AIRPORT EXPRESS

Listed in
(303) 919-3315

14072 EAST TUFTS DRIVE # 721, 80015
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1426507

001 NUMBER 1 PLUS A PLUS AAVON ASPEN SHUTTLE

Listed in
(303) 377-7373

4005 BLUE PINE CIRCLE, 80126
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1787634

04 TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(915) 727-6763

9960 DETROIT ST, 80229
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2284491

05 COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(303) 697-5775

18091 HWY 8, 80465
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1098752

05 COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(303) 697-5775

18091 HWY 8, 80465
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1098752

1 800 GOT JUNK

Listed in
(720) 744-9900

7925 E HARVARD AVE SUITE C, 80231
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1202506

1 800 GOT JUNK

Listed in
(970) 223-0031

8237 LIGHTHOUSE LANE COURT, 80528
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1287678

1 800 GOT JUNK

Listed in
(719) 219-6839

4419 CENTENNIAL BLVD #228, 80907
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1647072

1 A JOY LIMOUSINE SERVICE

Listed in
(720) 364-6995

2574 SOUTH FUNDY CR, 80013
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2366565

1 DOOR CONNECTIONS LLC

Listed in
(720) 434-2468

1450 SOUTH HAVANA ST SUITE 608, 80012
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2073384

1 GUY 1 TRUCK & 1 TRAILER

Listed in
(602) 908-3603

720 HOWE ST, 80104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1988269

1 RED ROCKS LIMO SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(720) 254-4949

8831 E FLORIDA AVE C 115, 80247
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2430898

1 RED ROCKS LIMO SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(720) 254-4949

8831 E FLORIDA AVE C 115, 80247
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2430898

1 SOURCE TEXTILE SERVICES INC

Listed in
(720) 352-5289

4360 HWY 66, 80504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2259206

1-800 FLOODED

Listed in
(719) 538-5607

2676 DURANGO DR, 80910
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2071348

1-800-GOT JUNK

Listed in
(303) 591-9041

10050 RALSTON RD UNIT #4, 80004-4974
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1901200

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(720) 962-5687

13628 W ALASKA DR, 80228-2417
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1200874

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(719) 578-9606

19 EAST COLUMBIA STREET, 80907
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1279491

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(303) 827-5573

6655 ARAPAHOE RD UNIT D, 80303
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1445226

1-800-PACK-RAT DENVER

Listed in
(303) 322-3203

4744 FOREST ST UNIT Q, 80216
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1561405

1-800-WATER DAMAGE

Listed in
(719) 566-6922

3100 GRANADA BLVD, 81005
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1500607

101 LAND & CATTLE

Listed in
(719) 655-2263

23982 CR 42, 81149
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1440554

11TH HOUR EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(303) 337-3009

1255 S KALAMATH STREET, 80230
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1455591

150SAFETECH SERVICE INC

Listed in
(303) 478-7312

8101 SHAFFER PKWY #2, 80127
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1575564

18 DOWN ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(720) 203-5080

2712 RENSHAW STREET, 80136
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2267630

189 SUPER QUALITY CLEANERS

Listed in
(719) 278-2645

2340 MONTEBELLO SQ DR, 80918
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424172

1944

Listed in
(303) 991-2791

3999 HOLLY STREET UNIT 14, 80207
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2174556

1970

Listed in
(970) 462-1817

211 GRAND AVE, 81416
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2582394

1988

Listed in
(719) 688-6573

101 N 6 TH ST, 81052
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2562989

1A LANDSCAPING TECHNOLOGIES

Listed in
(720) 690-9703

10141 JOPLIN ST, 80022
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1473598

1FACTOR

Listed in
(970) 988-7666

19145 COUNTY ROAD 2, 80603
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2013166

1ST CHOICE CONSTRUCTION AND LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(303) 435-9517

1537 HARLEQUIN DRIVE, 80504
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2357197

1ST CHOICE MOVING & STORAGE INC

Listed in
(305) 767-0657

3925 E 121ST AVE, 80241
Interstate
1582341

1ST CHOICE PLUMBING

Listed in
(303) 841-1448

12020 PINETOP ST, 80138
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1643140

1ST CLASS MOVING LLC

Listed in
(720) 400-2571

8028 E FAIRMOUNT DR, 80230
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2413208

1ST CLASS ROOFING

Listed in
(719) 287-6896

6736 SENECA RD, 80915
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2004385

1ST GREEN LAWNS INC

Listed in
(303) 926-7260

12149 BASELINE RD, 80026
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1663411

1STSTORAGECONCEPTSLLC

Listed in
(303) 799-7399

14200 E OTERO AVE, 80112
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441641

1STSTORAGECONCEPTSLLC

Listed in
(303) 799-7399

14200 E OTERO AVE, 80112
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441641

2 BOYZ TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(719) 469-4095

9087 COUNTY ROAD F, 81062
Interstate
2393247

2 BROS DRYWALL

Listed in
(720) 253-5619

8128 WASHINGTON ST, 80229
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2500243

2 BROTHERS LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(970) 361-4362

2006 S BROADWAY, 81507
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2150640

2 FAST NICKELS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(303) 978-9354

9354 WEST FRIEND DRIVE, 80128
Interstate
1438947

2 MKS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(970) 586-0932

1654 DEVIL'S GULCH RD, 80517
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1697735

2 SPEC CORPORATION

Listed in
(303) 948-3104

7507 HALLEYS DR, 80125
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1986065

2 WHEEL TRANSPORT

Listed in
(303) 693-2219

5113 S LIVERPOOL WAY, 80015
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1209956

2 WHEELERS MC

Listed in
(303) 433-7025

1433 W 38TH AVE, 80211
Interstate
1598002

2002

Listed in
(720) 938-7998

9405 COUNTY RD 49, 80642
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2140602

212 DEGREE GROUP

Listed in
(720) 323-7042

150 CORAL WAY, 80020-2318
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1876930

21ST CENTURY COMPONENTS

Listed in
(303) 928-7158

300 E 57TH AVE #UNIT A1, 80216
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2521434

24 7 LANDSCAPE SERVICES

Listed in
(303) 776-0273

112 MERIDETH LN, 80501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2148887

24 7 SITE MIX LLC

Listed in
(303) 734-7144

11915 WEST BRANDT PLACE, 80127
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1478262

24-7 HAULING INC

Listed in
(303) 455-4998

3555 ZUNI STREET, 80211
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1030738

24-7 MOVERS INC

Listed in
(720) 364-8090

1680 AKRON ST APT 102, 80010
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2521543

24-7 RESTORATION

Listed in
(303) 485-1730

620 10TH AVE, 80501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2033332

24-7 SITEMIX LLC

Listed in
(303) 249-8506

1767 DENVER WEST BLVD STE A, 80401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2190916

27 MILE RANCH

Listed in
(303) 530-1316

5349 N 51 ST, 80301-4315
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2026853

29 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(970) 576-2010

2915 W 13TH ST, 80634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2595925

2D ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(303) 638-2772

623 PARK AVENUE, 80621
Interstate
1830446

2EZ ELECTRIC

Listed in
(303) 941-4471

15647 CAROLINE AVE, 80621
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2111542

2EZ ELECTRIC

Listed in
(303) 941-4471

15647 CAROLINE AVE, 80621
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2111542

2LL RANCH

Listed in
(970) 854-3483

49493 CR 12, 80734
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1559293

2VS LANDSCAPE AND IRRIGATION

Listed in
(970) 547-1659

741 FAIRVIEW BLVD, 80424
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1648004

2W TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(719) 438-5612

701 GOFF, 81036
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1726911

3 BROTHER ROOFING INC

Listed in
(720) 842-9884

12291 E 6TH PL, 80011
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2481652

3 BROTHERS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(970) 948-6617

2558 DEWEY PL #C31, 81505
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1899697

3 PEAKS CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT INC

Listed in
(970) 879-5602

56945 RCR 64A, 80487
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1360402

3 REYES TRUCKING

Listed in
(720) 298-9966

7191 BRYANT ST, 80030
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1740140

3 RIVERS INC

Listed in
(720) 838-9584

8753 SANTA FE DR, 80260
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1504958

3 TIMBERS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(303) 204-3097

62560 JADE RD, 81401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1728583

3 X EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(303) 503-6691

42351 FOREST OAKS DRIVE, 80107
Interstate
2554377

3-D BUILDERS

Listed in
(303) 653-7773

6158 W KEN CARYL PL, 80128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1517552

3-D CONCRETE INC

Listed in
(303) 287-0429

8126 EXPLORADOR CALLE, 80229
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1559312

30 RECOVERY & INVESTIGATIONS

Listed in
(720) 447-3163

7926 CHASE CIR, 80003
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2079884

303 AUTO TRANSPORT

Listed in
(720) 771-0177

9260 CLAYTON ST, 80229
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1600195

303 LIMOS

Listed in
(303) 466-3396

13606 XAVIER LANE, 80023
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345173

303 LIMOS

Listed in
(303) 466-3396

13606 XAVIER LANE, 80023
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345173

303 LUXURY CAR SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(303) 949-3254

2373 CENTRAL PARK BLVD SUITE 100, 80238
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2551117

303 TREE

Listed in
(720) 340-2404

4949 BROADWAY ST #136, 80304
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2587633

303 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(303) 921-6969

3534 S NELSON CIRCLE 7101, 80235
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2404836

303 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(303) 921-6969

3534 S NELSON CIRCLE 7101, 80235
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2404836

3032493102

Listed in
(303) 249-3102

1160 NOTTINGHAM ST, 80026
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2421471

3086728338

Listed in
(303) 525-1115

11328 LARSON LANE, 80233
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2373613

32 RANCH

Listed in
(719) 852-0908

10085 10 SOUTH 3 EAST, 81144
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1305535

3308 INC

Listed in
(605) 202-1357

1180 GRABBRO CT, 80904
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2500609

340 GROUP LLC

Listed in
(303) 886-7632

1827 S HARLAN CIR, 80232
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1416364

35186 LLC EARTH WORKS SUPPLY

Listed in
(303) 853-8207

5251 E 77TH AVE, 80022
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2202743

357 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(970) 596-2491

958 TIMBER RIDGE RD, 81403
Interstate
1923642

360 CIVIL INC

Listed in
(970) 445-1041

413 AMHERST RD, 81637
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2586913

385 FEEDERS INC

Listed in
(970) 332-5887

32747 CO RD 52, 80758
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2052125

3AL TESTING CORP

Listed in
(303) 799-3457

13760 EAST ARAPAHOE RD, 80112
Intrastate Hazmat
1254919

3B ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(970) 824-0225

1200 E 1ST STREET, 81625
Interstate
2580825

3D LANDSCAPING AND DESIGN

Listed in
(719) 686-9947

570 KLITOWYA TRAIL, 80863
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1925431

3D RESIDENTIAL BUILDERS INC

Listed in
(303) 670-3220

32648 KINSEY LANE, 80433
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1488706

3D TREE CARE LLC

Listed in
(720) 352-6774

1005 COLLYER, 80501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2007868

3JS CONCRETE & CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(720) 422-2865

5421 E 67TH PL, 80022
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2428955

3K CATTLE CO

Listed in
(970) 854-2940

12145 COUNTY RD 59, 80734
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2010935

3LJ TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(720) 209-1860

271 BALSAM AVE, 80601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2581814

3MTF TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(970) 396-3482

197 63RD AVE, 80634
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2382743