Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Connecticut

Connecticut CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

Known as the Constitution State, Connecticut is one of the smallest states land-wise in the U.S. so it’s pretty likely that as a trucker based in Connecticut you may venture into some of the surrounding states of New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

If you are just starting out in your career, let this be your mantra “experience is where the money is”. Just like an entry level position in any company the beginning salary is always going to be less than average. The longer you are on the job, the more money you can command. Do your research to find reputable companies.

It can be a difficult position to be in when you first gain your CDL and try to find a company that hires drivers without experience. The average yearly salary for for drivers in Connecticut is $46,460 (SOURCE). Compensation will be challenging to gauge when median salary can vary widely even between cities within the state of Connecticut. You should also try to consider the benefits you might receive as a part of your overall compensation which may or may not include things like:

  • Choice of medical plans – no pre-existing condition exclusions
  • Dental, vision and prescription coverage
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid time off
  • Basic life insurance paid by the company

Con-way Freight is arecognizable name if you travel on the highway for any length of time or stop at any of the nation’s roadside rest stops. Con-way hires novice drivers for many positions from expedited freight van drivers to tractor-trailer drivers.

Salaries vary depending the position and other factors, but the average van driver earns $800 – $1,000 per week. Con-way Freight has strict delivery deadlines and a fast paced environment. As a driver you must be alert, a self-starter, follow best practices for safety and be highly dependable.

Swift Transportation touts itself as North America’s largest full truckload carrier, which may be why they hire rookie drivers. Large companies will always have more positions. Swift has a driving school and once you pass the schooling and training, you can start working for the company.

If you don’t have the funds for school, Swift allows student drivers to pay back their tuition and schooling costs over 26 months while employed with the company. That’s a great way to get started. Pay increases gradually year by year and it’s based on safety, performance, and experience.

It’s important to note that as a first-time driver you might have to go to a different state, but this is also a good way to get a higher salary. Also, you’re more likely to get hired by a large company. Even after you’re hired it isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Once on the job you’ll experience situations that can only be learned on the job and not in school. So have patience with yourself and be open to criticism so you can learn how to be successful.

What might you expect salary-wise in Connecticut? Pretty darn good according to statistics. Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned driver it will vary, but the overall average hourly wage is $22.80.

The median salary for a truck driver in the U.S. is $41,340 while the median for the state of Connecticut is $46,460 and you can make more depending on where you’re located:

  • Median Bridgeport/Stamford $50,800
  • Median Hartford $47,080
  • Median New Haven $46,150
  • Median Waterbury $46, 370

The only statistic that might be a bit of a downer is the fact that projected employment for 2014-2024 is only 4% in Connecticut and 6% nationwide. Don’t let statistics stop you though. Get out there, get on the road, and follow your dreams.

Connecticut CDL License Information and Insights

A Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) is required for the operation of a commercial vehicle while under the instruction of a licensed CDL operator and also for anyone between 18 and 21 years of age.

Once you’re ready to apply for your commercial driver’s license (CDL) you need to bring certain documents with you to the DMV Hub office where you are doing your testing. Testing is only available at Hub offices now. However, according to the website, you may be able to make appointments for your road test in the near future. The documents include:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security number
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States. Undocumented individuals will not be issued a CDL or CLP
  • Proof of Connecticut residence. Need two sources
  • Name change documents (if applicable)

Non-U.S. Citizens

If you’re not a U.S. citizen you will be asked to show proof of legal presence in this country to be eligible to earn a CLP or CDL. If you’re not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, your CLP or CDL document will have the words “Non-Domicile” on it and you are not eligible for a hazmat endorsement.

When you come in to take your CDL knowledge testing bring the following documentation with you.

  • A valid Connecticut Driver’s License
  • Your Social Security card or most recent W-2 form
  • You must have a current, legible medical certificate completed by a Certified Medical Examiner on file with the DMV prior to renewal
  • Printed confirmation notice of self-certification with DMV. Self-certification is done through the DMV website and once finished you print the confirmation notice

Important to note: As of December 2016, Connecticut DMV requires proof of U.S. Citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, plus proof of Connecticut residency for holders of commercial driver licenses and permits. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandates this requirement. This requirement applies to:

  • New applicants for a commercial driver’s learner permit (CLP).
  • Existing commercial driver license (CDL) holders when renewing licenses.
  • All out-of-state CDL holders transferring to Connecticut.

Once a DMV representative accepts all documentation, you will take and hopefully pass, a general knowledge test geared to the type of commercial motor vehicle you intend to operate. Endorsement testing is something else you can add to your license. You will need to pass a test for each endorsement that you select (SOURCE).

Connecticut Trucking In The News

To find and keep drivers, Connecticut trucking company has started to give more perks and benefits. Trucking-company operator John Pruchnicki uses every tool he can think of to recruit and retain commercially licensed truck drivers. Many of the semis in his fleet at Coastal Carriers of Connecticut are newer and equipped with automatic transmission, power steering, cruise controls, ergonomic seating, and anti-lock brakes.

His drivers are paid well; receive medical and dental benefits, performance incentives, and the possibility of returning home each night to sleep in their own bed. A BIG perk among truckers. Pruchnicki and others in the trucking industry say despite good pay and working conditions, it’s exceedingly difficult to find and keep good drivers.

So what’s causing this issue? Some believe it is tightened state and federal compliance obligations for trucking companies and their drivers, plus increased competition for immediate delivery of online goods that have helped to worsen the issue.

Joe Sculley, president of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut (MTAC) said, “The truck-driver shortage is real. Trucking companies just cannot find enough candidates.”
Even with 3.5 million licensed truckers in the U.S., drivers are always in short supply. But the intensity of the shortage oscillates with the economy. Currently the shortage seems to be the worst yet. So is that good news for our economy? (SOURCE)

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Listed in
(800) 386-7786

60 ADAMS ST, 6040
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1625558

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(617) 242-0100

772 N COLONY RD #3, 6450
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2101202

1-800GOT JUNK OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY CT

Listed in
(203) 992-7526

456 SEYMOUR STREET, 6615
Interstate
1413872

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Listed in
(203) 518-1521

21 WEST MAIN ST 4TH FLOOR, 6702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2472574

111 RECOVERY LLC

Listed in
(860) 826-6111

1385 EAST STREET, 6053
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1323602

112 WELLINGTON STREET ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(860) 883-4486

100 WELLINGTON ST, 6106
Interstate
1635399

121 INFLIGHT CATERING LLC

Listed in
(203) 264-0692

7 JULIANO DR, 6478
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2407328

121 INFLIGHT CATERING LLC

Listed in
(203) 264-0692

7 JULIANO DR, 6478
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2407328

123 SHAUN FERON DBA CLASSIC LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(860) 305-6822

212 LOOMIS ST, 6060
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354506

123 SHAUN FERON DBA CLASSIC LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(860) 305-6822

212 LOOMIS ST, 6060
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354506

127 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(860) 459-8676

127 SHELBOURNE DRIVE, 6756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352523

127 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(860) 459-8676

127 SHELBOURNE DRIVE, 6756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352523

143 PALMER RD

Listed in
(860) 423-0506

143 PALMER RD, 06264-0283
Interstate
1077787

1800GOT JUNK

Listed in
(617) 242-0010

64 THOMPSON ST A203, 6513
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2435358

1800GOT JUNK

Listed in
(617) 242-0010

64 THOMPSON ST A203, 6513
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2435358

1964

Listed in
(203) 546-0811

2 STONY HILL TERRACE, 6877
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2563266

1973

Listed in
(203) 667-4313

8 SLEEPY HOLLOW DR, 6854
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1809252

1977

Listed in
(203) 887-3521

12 WATER ST, 6451
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2588950

1981

Listed in
(860) 538-2307

15 TURKEY HILL RD, 6438
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2587508

1ST RIDE & GO CORP

Listed in
(917) 733-1507

58 PINE STREET, 6840
Interstate
2528703

2 CUZN’S & ASSOCIATES LLC

Listed in
(203) 535-3400

100 FOXON HILL ROAD, 6513
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1496910

2033221602

Listed in
(203) 322-1602

41 WOODRIDGE DR, 6905
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2376866

2037583731

Listed in
(203) 758-3731

2 GEORGE ST, 6712
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2327819

2037583731

Listed in
(203) 758-3731

2 GEORGE ST, 6712
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2327819

3 B RANCH LLC

Listed in
(203) 234-8696

66 LANES POND ROAD, 6472
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1429487

3 J BAKERY DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(914) 589-7080

157 FERNWOOD DR, 6614
Interstate
2539127

3 MAK TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(860) 916-8733

57 ASHLEY COURT, 6002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2479899

365 INDUSTRIES LLC

Listed in
(805) 722-4403

70 PINE ST, 6237
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2640414

399 FARMINGTON AVENUE LLC

Listed in
(860) 674-5647

399 FARMINGTON AVENUE, 6032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2551565

3B LAWN CARE LLC

Listed in
(203) 507-1177

351 COUNTRY CLUB RD, 6410
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2135180

3D’S GENERAL SERVICES

Listed in
(860) 669-0555

57 ESSEX ROAD, 6498
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2129141

3G CHIMNEY

Listed in
(860) 489-0700

394 MAIN ST, 6790
Intrastate Hazmat
1915600

3PL WORLDWIDE INCORPORATED

Listed in
(203) 567-1099

500 BIC DRIVE BLDG #4, 6460
Interstate
1471195

4 SEASONS LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE LLC

Listed in
(860) 582-2727

155 MELINDA LANE, 6010
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1914684

4 SEASONS LAWN CARE

Listed in
(860) 489-4351

61 TANGLEWOOD RD, 6057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1695534

4 STARS SERVICES

Listed in
(203) 561-3207

62 REYNOLDS AVE, 6905
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2269592

454 LIFE SCIENCES CORPORATION

Listed in
(203) 871-2300

50 E INDUSTRIAL BLVD, 6405
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2048560

5 STAR G TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(213) 271-3208

20 BRENTWOOD LANE, 6095
Interstate
2147632

5 STAR LANDSCAPING & CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(203) 239-7827

2081 HARTFORD TPK, 6473
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2592090

6231961

Listed in
(860) 569-7622

9 WILLYS STREET, 6118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2513865

7 NORTH SANITATION SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(203) 460-7623

15 CLUB DRIVE, 6776
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2124434

7 NORTH SANITATION SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(203) 460-7623

15 CLUB DRIVE, 6776
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2124434

77 MATTATUCK HEIGHTS LLC

Listed in
(203) 531-9050

1 OAK STREET WEST, 6830
Interstate
1737890

7TH REGIMENT DRUM AND BUGLE CORP

Listed in
(203) 206-5782

77 THAMES STREET, 6320
Interstate
1795854

80 FAIR STREET LLC

Listed in
(203) 845-7945

80 FAIR ST, 6851
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2064228

8602834191

Listed in
(860) 283-4191

59 BRIDGE ST, 6787
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2476524

9 NORTH LLC

Listed in
(203) 738-9112

17 MELROSE AVENUE, 6405
Interstate
2590291

A – Z LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(203) 438-1060

15 WOOD CREEK ROAD, 6776
Interstate
1847062

A & A CRANE AND RIGGING LLC

Listed in
(203) 336-0007

688 N WASHINGTON AVENUE, 6604
Interstate
1214982

A & A FOUNDATIONS

Listed in
(203) 926-8791

29 SKYLINE DRIVE, 6484
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1189469

A & B COOLING & HEATING CORP

Listed in
(860) 528-4436

660 NUTMEG ROAD NORTH, 6074
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2150746

A & D CENTERLESS GRINDING INC

Listed in
(860) 747-6630

54 LEWIS STREET, 6062
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2175922

A & F TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(203) 379-7099

622 HANOVER RD, 06451-5311
Interstate
1595512

A & G CARTING LLC

Listed in
(203) 877-0773

26 GILLETTE ST, 6460
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2031451

A & H TRANSPORT SERVICES

Listed in
(860) 908-9554

2 SOUTH PINE ST, 6374
Interstate
2582846

A & I EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(860) 656-5404

303 NOTT STREET, 6109
Interstate
2496491

A & J ELECTRONICS CORP

Listed in
(203) 775-6621

56 DELMAR DRIVE, 6804
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1295887

A & J LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(860) 495-5598

217 PROVIDENCE NEW LONDON TPK, 6359
Interstate
2120696

A & J LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(860) 495-5598

217 PROVIDENCE NEW LONDON TPK, 6359
Interstate
2120696

A & K FIGUEROA TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(203) 969-7218

30 WEBB AVENUE, 6902
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1402317

A & L EARLY BIRD TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(203) 606-1893

195 LEXINGTON AVE, 6513
Interstate
2401466

A & L FAMILY OIL

Listed in
(203) 630-2495

38 WATER STREET, 6451
Intrastate Hazmat
1043452

A & M TRUCK & EXCATION SVCS

Listed in
(203) 267-7510

750 PURCHASE BROOK, 6488
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1402231

A & N AUTO SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(860) 233-7079

1516 PARK STREET, 6106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1989315

A & P AUTO SALES INC

Listed in
(860) 568-0202

365 MAIN STREET, 6118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1110509

A & R ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(203) 368-3912

31 MILES STREET, 6607
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2418537

A & R LAWNCARE & SNOWPLOWING LLC

Listed in
(203) 573-9326

95 ELLSWORTH AVENUE, 6704
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1040347

A & S CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(860) 379-3028

417 WINCHESTER RD, 6098
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1119791

A & S ELECTRICAL SERVICES INC

Listed in
(860) 349-5449

42 OZICK DRIVE DRIVE SUITE 10, 6422
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1134759

A & T MASONRY LLC

Listed in
(860) 350-0505

33 OUTLOOK ROAD, 6776
Interstate
2259977

A & T OIL CO

Listed in
(860) 614-1233

4 CINDY LANE, 6002
Intrastate Hazmat
2259277

A 1 GLASS COMPANY

Listed in
(860) 289-3481

255 SULLIVAN AVENUE, 6074
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1663091

A A D ASSOCIATES LLC

Listed in
(203) 376-1631

141 NORTH HILL ROAD, 6473
Interstate
1550514

A A INDUSTRIES LLC

Listed in
(860) 291-8929

223 NUTMEG RD S, 6074
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1456481

A A MOVERS MOVE MOM AND MORE

Listed in
(860) 432-7005

199 ADAMS ST, 6042
Interstate
1777748

A ABSOLUTE FUEL LLC

Listed in
(203) 484-3835

1171 MIDDLETOWN AVENUE, 6472
Intrastate Hazmat
1186793

A ANASTASIO & SONS TRUCKING CO INC

Listed in
(203) 787-5746

80 MIDDLETOWN AVE, 6513
Interstate
22683

A AND A CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(203) 248-4432

2891 STATE STREET, 6517
Interstate
1092984

A AND A CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(203) 248-4432

2891 STATE STREET, 6517
Interstate
1092984

A AND A II LLC

Listed in
(203) 924-8641

281 BRIDGEPORT AVE, 6484
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2420777

A AND G DEVELOPMENT LLC

Listed in
(203) 261-4420

115 CANTERBURY LANE, 6611
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1530530

A AND J LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(860) 667-9857

41 KELVIN RD, 6111
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2359902

A AND S TRUCKING

Listed in
(860) 289-1042

18 BELL COURT APT C2, 6108
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1138363

A B BAZZANO FUELS INC

Listed in
(860) 542-5694

3 BLACKBERRY LANE, 6058
Intrastate Hazmat
1798182

A CICCARELLO BUILDING COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(860) 482-3362

138 EAST COTTON HILL ROAD, 6057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2008477

A CLEAR VIEW WINDOW CLEANING

Listed in
(860) 741-7961

37 BURNHAM STREET, 6082
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2392200

A CUT ABOVE LANDSCPING & LAWNCARE LLC

Listed in
(203) 380-8929

525 HILLTOP DRIVE, 6614
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1010547

A CUT ABOVE LAWNCARE LLC

Listed in
(203) 509-1963

1261 MERIDEN RD, 6716
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2516994

A CUT ABOVE TREE SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(203) 779-9093

42 MILL ROAD, 6443
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1540013

A DELUCA & SONS INC

Listed in
(203) 629-5886

57 COGNEWAUGH RD, 06807-1712
Interstate
127800

A DESIGN BY ARTUR LLC

Listed in
(203) 540-5036

384 SEYMOUR STREET, 6615
Interstate
1839023

A FIORILLO & CO LLC

Listed in
(860) 628-0358

396 CLARK STREET, 6467
Interstate
1081284

A GRADE ABOVE

Listed in
(860) 539-3983

16 WELLINGTON WAY, 6231
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1916799

A GRADE LANDSCAPES LLC

Listed in
(203) 943-1051

30 RAYFIELD ROAD, 6880
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2494254

A H HUTCHINSON LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(860) 563-5801

451 MAPLE STREET, 6109
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1703966

A I BOERENKO PLUMBING AND PUMP LLC

Listed in
(860) 537-0667

110 MILL HILL ROAD, 6415
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2065932

A J GONDEK FARMS LLC

Listed in
(860) 682-3209

12 OLD COUNTRYWAY, 6480
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1732027

A J HAULING

Listed in
(203) 272-1992

436 BLACKS ROAD, 6410
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1043960

A J LION TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(203) 357-1544

376 WEST AVE, 6902
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2471963

A KRETA AND SON TREE AND STUMP REMOVAL

Listed in
(203) 257-3900

75 VAL DRIVE, 6614
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1028901