Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Florida

Florida CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

Florida’s flat terrain and multiple days of sunshine make driving an enjoyable job here, except during times of heavy downpours and well, hurricanes. There are almost 80,000 drivers in the state and they make an average yearly salary of $39,330 and an average hourly wage of $18.91. Keep in mind that average is determined by adding all salaries and then dividing the total by the total number of salaries you just added (SOURCE).

When looking at median salaries, the number is exactly in the middle of the list of salaries with 50% above and 50% below. The median salary for the U.S. is $41,340 while Florida is less $37,160. However, depending on what city or cities you are looking in the median salary can be higher or lower. For example:

  • Jacksonville $42,510
  • Lakeland $42,190
  • Fort Lauderdale $40,300
  • Orlando $38,490
  • Tampa-St. Pete $36,450
  • West Palm-Boca $35,720
  • Miami $35,420

Since Florida borders Alabama and Georgia, there are plenty of miles to drive should you choose an OTR position. In Florida you can find a slew of theme parks including Universal Studios in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and of course Walt Disney World in Bay Lake. So if you have children, this is a great place to be.

When looking for a job as a beginner or even a seasoned veteran driver, here’s a list of ideas to keep in mind to find the job that’s right for you. Even though the job search can be a little intimidating, you will be less stressed if you have a plan.

Job Search Tips

Next Narrow to Trucking-Only Job Sites
Trucking-only job sites help you narrow your search because these websites focused specifically on the trucking industry, and can offer more insight and information than general websites. Using truck-only job sites you can narrow your search by different criteria such as: license classes, endorsements, and haul types.

Working Your Connections
Networking is important in every industry. You may know a lot of truckers thanks to many years in the business, but even if you’re just starting out think about who you know whether it’s trucking school instructors, other drivers, or company owners. A good connection can help tremendously in your job search.

Check Out Trucking Forums
If you get involved in a few truck-driving forums, you can “meet” a variety of truckers from all over the country. Who knows? You may hear about new job opportunities or new companies.

Check Job Search Sites
It might seem obvious, but if you start with a large site like Monster or Indeed you can start your search with a variety of open trucking positions in your area.

Your State’s Trucking Association
If you’re not a member of your state’s trucking association, go join right now! Most associations have job boards with new openings in your state. Not only that, trucking associations are a great resource throughout your career.

Apply to Local and National Companies
Be aware of every opportunity, because you never know, you could find a job opening that will give you more room to grow.

Look At Entry-Level Positions At Your Dream Company
If you have always wanted to work at a specific company – go for it! Life is short. Even if you have to take an entry-level job you can work your way up over time. It’s worth it for your dream job. Just make sure you have a clear path set out to reach your ultimate goal.

Let your mantra be “keep applying”. Since the U.S. has such a shortage of truck drivers the odds are in your favor to find a job.

Florida CDL License Information and Insights

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and if any are under 21, they’ll be restricted to intrastate operation only. All applicants are required to have an Operators License and pass the vision requirements.

IMPORTANT INFO: Oral exams may be given in English or Spanish with the exception of skills test or HAZMAT exams. Interpreters may not be used during the administration of CDL oral exams or during any portion of the CDL skill exams. Be sure to study the DMV handbook, which is in Spanish and English.

Class A License is required to operate trucks or truck combinations that weigh 26,001 pounds or more, and are towing a vehicle/unit over 10,000 pounds. The following tests are required and must be passed before you can receive a Class A CDL:

  • General Knowledge test
  • Combinations Vehicle test
  • Air Brakes
  • Pre-Trip
  • Basic Skills
  • CDL Road Test
  • Any applicable exams for the endorsements you want.

Class B License is required in order to operate straight trucks and buses 26,001 pounds or more. The following tests must be taken and passed:

  • General Knowledge test
  • Air Brakes (if applicable)
  • Pre-Trip
  • Basic Skills
  • CDL Road Test
  • Any exams for endorsements needed

Class C License is needed to operate two different types of vehicles. The first is any vehicle (usually a tanker truck) transporting hazardous materials that require placarding. The second is vehicles that are designed to carry more than 15 persons including the driver and have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of less than 26,001 pounds. The following tests are required:

  • General Knowledge test
  • Air Brakes (if applicable)
  • Pre-Trip
  • Basic Skills
  • CDL Road Test
  • Any applicable exams for the endorsements you need

Have an out of state CDL?

An out of state or Canadian commercial driver license that is still in effect will be reciprocated. However, if either of these has a HAZMAT endorsement (endorsement H) the driver must reapply for that HAZMAT endorsement. As a reminder, a HAZMAT endorsement includes a background check, appropriate exams, and all fees (SOURCE).

Florida Trucking In the News

In August, the American Trucking Associations welcomed more than 420 of the trucking industry’s top professional drivers to Orlando for the 80th annual National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships.

Safety and precision were the focus for these very impressive professional truck drivers. According to the ATA President and CEO Chris Spear, “Truck drivers work their entire careers and practice for moments like this to showcase their safety skills and compete among friends.”

On Day 1 competitors took a walk-through of the driving course and registered for different class events. The competition had three phases: a written examination, a vehicle inspection to detect malfunctions, and a driving skills test where drivers showcased their abilities to operate a truck through an obstacle course.

Over the three-day competition, there were 428 competitors from all 50 states. Thirty-five of those were first-time participants. These drivers were competing for honors in one of eight different classes. The driver with the highest overall score was named the Grand Champion.

ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, President of Jet Express Inc. said, “The drivers take this event very seriously and practice and study year-round in preparation for the competition. Their dedication to their craft is really remarkable and representative of the trucking industry’s strong commitment to safety.”

The Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry was a premiere sponsor at this year’s National Truck Driving Championships and National Step Van Driving Championships. Roland Bolduc won the title of 2017 Bendix Grand Champion and Bryce Neilson won Rookie of the Year (SOURCE).

‘A’ CLASS SERVICE

Listed in
(954) 525-9453

746 NW 15 AVE, 33311
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158082

0 0 1 A A A CRUISE LINE SHUTTLE

Listed in
(407) 908-5566

7822 TURKEY OAK LN, 34747
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2374353

000 AAA CRUISE LINE CONNECTION

Listed in
(407) 641-6444

9781 ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL, 32837
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2459649

007 EXTERMINATORS INC

Listed in
(813) 875-9070

4412 N LOIS AVE, 33614
Intrastate Hazmat
1210708

007 TRUCKING OF SARASOTA INC

Listed in
(941) 923-4722

4313 S LOCKWOOD RIDGE RD, 34231
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1290591

06 15 04

Listed in
(813) 887-5813

2901 N HOWARD AVE, 33607
Intrastate Hazmat
1266786

0RLANDO XUAREZ

Listed in
(305) 238-0447

12411 SW 212 TERRACE, 33177
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1527019

1 A TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(844) 667-0469

150 NW 101 ST, 33150
Interstate
2544086

1 BAIT COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(305) 393-9256

190 AZALEA ST, 33070
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2723614

1 FASTLANE TRUCKING USA INC

Listed in
(786) 953-5882

7832 NW 198TH ST, 33015
Interstate
2532028

1 NBA CARRIERS INC

Listed in
(863) 943-5565

3205 ESPO DR, 33860
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1946368

1 SOURCE TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(305) 796-4945

7845 NW 185 ST, 33015
Interstate
2268996

1 ST CHOICE INC

Listed in
(407) 850-0331

419 THUNDER GULCH CT, 32824
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1101169

1 ST CHOICE INC

Listed in
(407) 850-0331

419 THUNDER GULCH CT, 32824
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1101169

1 STEP AHEAD AUTO TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(352) 345-6186

8970 NAKOMA WAY, 34613
Interstate
1745687

1 STOP DRAIN CLEANING & PUMPING INC

Listed in
(561) 674-4256

210 WEST 23RD STREET, 33404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1846950

1 STOP ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(239) 253-0442

2930 39TH AVE NE, 34120
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1714438

1 STOP PARTS LOCATOR

Listed in
(863) 612-4800

6299 SR 29 S, 33935
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2371625

1 TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(407) 600-2758

7512 DR PHILLIPS BLVD STE 50-171, 32819
Interstate
1036940

1 WAY TRUCKING

Listed in
(870) 613-7276

283 LEDDON RD, 32433
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2169233

1 WORLD LAUNDRY LLC

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

2610 ORANGE AVE, 34947
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2448261

1 WORLD LAUNDRY LLC

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

2610 ORANGE AVE, 34947
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2448261

1-2-3 DEBRIS HAULING AND DEMOLITION LLC

Listed in
(904) 396-4078

200 NIX BOATYARD RD D-5, 32084
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1675523

1-866-JUNK-BE-GONE CORP

Listed in
(305) 634-2749

3500 NW 51 STREET, 33142
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1641287

1-KHAN TRUCKING ENTERPRISE INCORPORATE

Listed in
(407) 703-5212

348 BEACON POINT DR, 34761
Interstate
2519067

1.33E+11

Listed in
(954) 649-1346

1857 ASPEN LANE, 33327
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1943681

10 A INC

Listed in
(786) 525-7100

16376 SW 97TH TERRACE, 33196
Interstate
1379267

10-4 DIESEL TRUCK REPAIRS LLC

Listed in
(786) 245-9516

16540 SW 102 CT, 33157
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2358036

10-EIGHT

Listed in
(877) 869-2048

9601 CYPRESS LAKE DRIVE, 33919
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1795923

10-S TENNIS SUPPLY

Listed in
(954) 979-3111

1400 NW 13TH AVENUE, 33069
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1161784

100 FUEGOS EXPRESS CORPORATION

Listed in
(786) 262-8298

11387 NW 7 STREET # 206, 33172
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2094889

100 TRASH INC

Listed in
(772) 528-0287

184 NW DOREEN ST, 34983
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2481474

1010 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(407) 616-1414

1208 TURRISI BLVD, 32807
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2581770

11TH HOUR

Listed in
(407) 850-0708

5516 COMMERCE DRIVE, 32839
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1265012

12 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(516) 707-4028

448 GANNET CT, 34759
Interstate
2337121

12 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(516) 707-4028

448 GANNET CT, 34759
Interstate
2337121

12 SUAREZ TRUCKING SERVICES SERVICES INC

Listed in
(352) 455-5966

1025 GOLDEN ISLE DR, 32757
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2138541

12003

Listed in
(305) 975-6988

1906 NW 35 ST, 34475
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1413587

123 JIMA TRANSPORT CORPORATION

Listed in
(813) 433-3108

8110 TANGLEWOOD LN, 33615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1527889

123 TRANSPORT CORPORATION

Listed in
(305) 684-0531

8901 NORTH MIAMI AVE, 33150
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1696346

17468 FOX TRAIL LANE LLC

Listed in
(203) 585-4471

17468 FOX TRAIL LANE, 33470
Interstate
2561766

18 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(305) 910-7971

14965 SW 298 TER, 33033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2465082

1800GOTJUNK

Listed in
(850) 527-8978

3904 MARINER DR, 32408
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2585764

1887 AUTO TRANSPORT

Listed in
(321) 557-6717

220 GREENS END CIR, 32810
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2254232

1958

Listed in
(305) 345-3697

6663 SW 163 PLACE, 33193
Interstate
1078550

1962

Listed in
(407) 953-3333

35 PRINCESS ROSE DRIVE, 32164
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1246507

1964

Listed in
(904) 610-0996

2467 BLACKBEARD DR, 32224
Interstate
2008275

1965

Listed in
(239) 340-8486

510 NW 24TH TERRACE, 33993
Interstate
2557424

1965

Listed in
(239) 340-8486

510 NW 24TH TERRACE, 33993
Interstate
2557424

1966

Listed in
(321) 303-7725

8121 OAK PARK RD, 32819
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2595249

1967

Listed in
(386) 935-3466

22618 CR 49, 32071
Interstate
2543168

1968

Listed in
(786) 317-1277

9471 SW 26TH DR, 33165
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2475445

1976

Listed in
(863) 271-4398

114 ALLEN AVE, 33880
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2727460

1983

Listed in
(407) 683-6175

6734 MERITMOOR CIR, 32818
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2580372

1984

Listed in
(321) 505-8799

500 NORTH DRIVE UNIT 9, 32934
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2505145

1991

Listed in
(321) 704-3368

2961 CAMBRIA AVE SW, 32908
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2514970

1992

Listed in
(904) 786-5761

2004 HYDE PARK RD, 32210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2477821

19TH STREET AUTO CENTER

Listed in
(850) 769-9643

1220 W 19TH STREET, 32405
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1630050

1A EQUIPMENT SERVICES INC

Listed in
6103 WAKULLA SPRINGS RD, 32258
Interstate
1674860

1A LOGISTICS INC

Listed in
(877) 594-9301

3101 SW 119 AVENUE, 33025
Interstate
2424511

1CARLOS MARTINEZ

Listed in
(305) 643-6706

1852 SW 7TH STREET APT 214, 33135-3470
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1462879

1EAST COAST MODULAR INC

Listed in
(321) 385-3135

3530 OLD DIXIE HIGHWAY, 32754
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1582808

1FUJA6CG52PK07080

Listed in
(813) 477-4473

4255 WEST HUMPHREY, 33614
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1550892

1J & S TRANSPORT

Listed in
(863) 258-8829

13 LAKE SHIPP COURT, 33880
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1547434

1LUIS IBARRA

Listed in
(239) 768-5771

9712 BLUE STONE CIRCLE, 33913
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1457536

1LUIS QUERO

Listed in
(941) 240-5036

5046 KENAL DRIVE, 34288
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1462844

1ST CALL CONTAINERS

Listed in
(941) 575-2299

25188 MARION AVE V-8, 33950
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1347902

1ST CHOICE HOME IMPROVEMENTS INC

Listed in
(850) 476-8887

445 CORDAY STREET STE 1, 32503
Interstate
1672321

1ST CHOICE PROPANE

Listed in
(904) 282-4340

5124 CR 218, 32068
Intrastate Hazmat
1864876

1ST CHOICE TRANSPORT & ESCORT INC

Listed in
(754) 224-1760

4770 LAGO VISTA DR, 33073
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1759185

1ST CHOICE TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(954) 632-8235

5263 NW 55TH TERRACE, 33073
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353075

1ST CHOICE TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(954) 632-8235

5263 NW 55TH TERRACE, 33073
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353075

1ST CLASS CARRIER INC

Listed in
(904) 317-0342

7052 103RD STREET STE 306, 32210
Interstate
2133830

1ST CLASS LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(727) 376-4884

5435 HALTATA CT, 34655
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1197292

1ST CLASS MOVING AND STORAGE

Listed in
(407) 456-7668

8350 PARKLINE BLVD SUITE 17, 32809
Interstate
2516919

1ST CLASS SOLUTIONS INC

Listed in
(321) 900-2277

10125 EASTMAR COMMONS BLVD, 32825
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2588372

1ST CLASS TRANSPORT SERVICES INC

Listed in
(954) 782-1869

2421 NE 5 AVE, 33064
Interstate
1065740

1ST COAST METAL ROOFING SUPPLY

Listed in
(386) 325-0242

186 SR 207, 32131
Interstate
1603508

1ST COAST RECYCLING TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(386) 326-6061

108 SEABOARD DRIVE, 32177
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1595734

1ST CONTRACTORS LLC

Listed in
(850) 554-8180

971 S FAIRFIELD DR, 32506
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1419186

1ST COURIER CORP

Listed in
(954) 479-7403

8362 PINES BLVD STE 163, 33024
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1936123

1ST ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA LLC

Listed in
(239) 790-1506

11515 CHARLIES TER, 33907
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1553448

1ST EQUITY TRUCKERS & HAULERS INC

Listed in
(786) 274-2943

14699 NE 18TH AVE APT 50, 33181
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1472883

1ST JOURNEY LEARNING CENTER INC

Listed in
(904) 391-1001

1759 PARKWOOD ST, 32207-5454
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2524146

1ST LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(407) 780-7989

2300 FINWICK CT, 34743
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1223172

1ST PLACE FUNDRAISING

Listed in
(904) 292-2639

6510 COLUMBIA PARK DRIVE SUITE 205, 32258
Interstate
1828456

1ST STOP RECOVERY INC

Listed in
(888) 699-7855

6241 THOMAS ROAD, 33912
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123201

1ST STOP RECOVERY INC

Listed in
(888) 699-7855

6241 THOMAS ROAD, 33912
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123201

1ST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF DELAND

Listed in
(386) 734-5113

115 EAST HOWRY AVENUE, 32724
Interstate
1370898

1ST UNIVERSAL TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(407) 637-4734

139 OYSTER BAY CIRCLE, 32810
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1428075

2 BROTHERS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(321) 460-4815

2116 WEMBLEY PLACE, 32765
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1658203

2 BROTHERS TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(305) 877-0717

3284 ENCLAVE BLVD, 33860
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1708238

2 C’S TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(813) 752-6189

3502 MEDULLA RD, 33566
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1024282

2 CHICKS AND A BACKHOE

Listed in
(863) 781-7165

591 MARTIN LUTHER KING AVE, 33873
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1951638

2 GIRLS TRUCKING

Listed in
(321) 900-5225

2578 ENTERPRISE RD STE 223, 32763
Interstate
1718778

2 H TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(786) 444-8666

6381 EAST 3 AVE, 33013
Interstate
2404896

2 H TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(786) 444-8666

6381 EAST 3 AVE, 33013
Interstate
2404896

2 J R EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(239) 209-3289

844 WOLVERINE ST E, 33974
Interstate
2334355

2 J R EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(239) 209-3289

844 WOLVERINE ST E, 33974
Interstate
2334355

2 LOPEZ TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(407) 908-3032

10813 MUSTIC CIRCLE 108, 32836
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1341818