Idaho CDL Truck Driver Salary Information
When you think of Idaho you may think of potatoes. And when you think of potatoes you wonder how they make it from the farm to the store – trucks! Whether you want to carry food, furniture, or any other type of product as a truck driver you are instrumental in keeping America going.
For truck drivers in Idaho projected employment looks very good. Between 2014 and 2024 Idaho is expected to have a 20% increase while the U.S. as a whole is only 6%. The average salary for a truck driver in Idaho is $42,260 and the average hourly rate is around $20.32 (SOURCE). When broken down you’ve got $25,530 at the low end and $61,970 at the high end. Looking at median salaries (meaning exactly in the middle with 50% making more and 50% making less) is less impressive:
- $41,340 – US
- $38,130 – ID
- $38,570 – Lewiston
- $37, 010 – Coeur d’Alene
- $36, 310 – Boise City
- $35,710 – Pocatello
You can tell by looking at these figures that Idaho companies may need to step up their salaries to sustain the increased demand. States that border Idaho are: Nevada, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. These states have breathtaking scenery so you should really enjoy your day in the “office”.
The 5 most populated cities in Idaho are:
- Idaho Falls
The state is pretty dry overall with only 823 square miles of water and 82,747 square miles of land (SOURCE).
Trucking Life In Idaho
In addition to truckers who move product intrastate and interstate, there is a market for moving people. Not the actual people but their belongings. Household moving companies have a sort of hybrid role that combines physical work with transporting the freight.
So if you want to get a good workout and don’t necessarily like sitting all day, check out household moving companies when you’re looking for a job.
Each moving company has different relocation packages so some may offer moving packages that require the driver to pack up the customer’s household. Usually you would get some help with this.
Depending on the company, you may need to pack up the customer’s belongings, load them into the trailer, drive everything to the new location, and finally offload everything and put it in the new abode.
A negative aspect of this type of job would be the increased risk for injury. However, if you are young, in good physical condition and have the right protective equipment – back brace, knee brace, etc. you can do it. One more thing to consider is you never know what the condition of the house will be when you have to pack up someone’s stuff. It could be a real mess.
All in all, household movers can make great money and the physical activity can break up the boredom of sitting for long periods not to mention keeping you in shape. It’s a position to consider if you like variety in your job. This type of work appeals to some drivers and others don’t like it.
Idaho CDL License Information and Insights
Before you can get a CDL you need to obtain a CLP or commercial learner’s permit. You need the CLP in order to train for a CDL. There are Federal CDL requirements and state CDL requirements and the state requirements differ.
How to apply in Idaho
In every state you must be 21 years of age to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). To apply, go to your county driver’s license office and be sure to bring:
- Your current driver’s license
- Social Security card
- Proof of Idaho residence
- Money to pay your fees
If you’re not a U.S. citizen or U.S. national you must prove lawful presence in the United States.
What will happen while you’re there
- You will be asked if you’re subject to and in compliance with the requirements of Part 391 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Qualifications of Drivers)
- You will be asked to declare (self-certify) the type of driving you intend to do: Interstate or Intrastate (within Idaho only)
- You will be asked if the type of driving you will do requires a DOT Medical card
- Your driving record will be checked
- You pay your required fees
- You must pass the vision and knowledge tests
After you pass all written tests, make an appointment with a CDL Skills Tester to take the skills test. When you show up for your skills test be sure to have:
- Proof of identification
- Proof of insurance
- The receipt showing you passed the written tests and paid the skills test fee
The skills test has three parts: the vehicle inspection, the basic control skills test, and the road test. The test will take two to three hours and must be taken in a vehicle that is of the license class you wish to obtain Class A, Class B, or Class C.
If the vehicle used for the test is not equipped with air brakes, your CDL will show a restriction that you are not licensed to operate vehicles with air brakes.
After you have passed all required written and skills tests, you cannot operate a commercial vehicle until you have your CDL from the County DMV. As with a regular driver’s license, you’ll be issued a temporary license and the permanent license will be sent by U.S. Mail.
All test results remain valid for one year. If you don’t pass a test, you have to wait three (3) days before you can retake it and you have to pay the test fees again.
When it’s time to renew your CDL, you only have to take one test and that’s only if you have an H endorsement on your license for Hazardous Materials.
Notable Trucking Companies Local To Idaho
Trucking Schools in Idaho
Choosing a truck driving school will have you considering many factors; The cost, the program length, the location, behind-the-wheel training, instructor-to-student ratios, and job placement assistance.
Trucking school costs in Idaho are in the range of $2500 to $4500. The program length depends your choice in full time or part time training. CDL schooling can last anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months depending on what you choose. Location is important.
There are usually a good choice of schools in more populated areas or major cities. If you live in a rural area, you may be able to find a nearby school, or you may have to travel a little further to obtain your CDL training.
Behind-the-wheel training time is one of the most important aspects of your training. Choose a school that offers comprehensive training and allows you to get behind the wheel of a semi-truck and drive! Job placement assistance is a huge benefit and can give one school the upper hand over another if they don’t provide this service. Getting a good paying job with a great company is the goal, and if the school can facilitate that in any way, that is a big plus.
Idaho in the News
Idaho Falls-based trucking company, InterWest Moving & Storage wanted to help fill the need for supplies in hurricane-ravaged Houston, so they teamed up with some local charities to collect and deliver much-needed items to the flood-damaged areas of Texas:
- Bottled Water (MOST NEEDED ITEM)
- Individually packed snacks (crackers, beef jerky, granola bars, breakfast bars)
- Protein in pouches or pull top-cans (i.e. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken)
- Pet Food, canned and dry
- Paper towels
- Baby wipes
- Cleaning supplies (i.e. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, garbage bags, bug spray)
One of the charities, The Humanitarian Center committed to packing 1,000 hygiene kits to ship on the truck. Each kit included:
- 2 in One Shampoo & Conditioner – 15 oz. size
- 6 oz. toothpaste Individually wrapped toothbrush
- Hand towel
- Individual size Kleenex
- Comb – no rat tails
- Regular size bar of soap
- Gallon size Ziplock bags
Truckers – helping to make America great (SOURCE).
Weigh-in-motion systems save time, money, and fuel
Weigh-in-motion (WIM) systems are saving the trucking industry a lot of time and money.
Trucks bypassing the port save about five minutes per incident, and almost half a gallon of fuel. Put in monetary terms this amounts to approximately $8.68 savings per bypass. Commercial trucks using WIM to bypass Idaho ports saved a total of 33,365 hours and more than 16,000 gallons of fuel in the last year.
There are four Idaho locations with WIM and from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017, the estimated savings at each location was:
- Huetter POE (Northern Idaho): 58,356 vehicle bypasses; savings = $506,530
- Lewiston POE (North-Central Idaho): 89,049 vehicle bypasses; savings = $772,945
- East Boise POE (Southwest Idaho): 247,378 vehicle bypasses; savings = $2,147,241
- Inkom POE (Southeast Idaho): 5,600 vehicle bypasses (June only); savings = $48,608
- Total Bypasses = 400,383; Total savings = $3.475 million
The WIM system lets CMVs that meet state size and weight limits to bypass weigh stations without slowing their speed. Vehicles bypassing Ports of Entry facilities save drivers and companies time on the road, fuel and operating costs, reduce congestion at weigh stations and increase productivity (SOURCE).