Indiana CDL Truck Driver Salary Information
Truck drivers say, “If you bought it, a truck brought it!” And that’s the truth. Without truck drivers our country would basically shut down. So if you are thinking about contributing to the economy of America in a very big way, become a trucker.
In Indiana there are 52,640 drivers making an average yearly salary of $45,870. If you want to talk median salary, in the U.S. the median salary of a truck driver is $41,340 and in Indiana it is a bit higher at $43,490 (SOURCE). Of course if you look at specific cities, the median salary can differ as well.
- Michigan City/Laporte: $49,680
- Gary: $47,830
- Indianapolis: $46,530
- Terre Haute: $44,510
- Kokomo: $44,340
- Cincinnati: $43,570
Looking into the future, the projected increase for trucking jobs in Indiana from 2014 to 2024 is 11%, which is almost double that of the U.S. at 6% according to that same ONET source.
There are 35,867 square miles of land in Indiana and only 551 square miles of water. Could this mean there are more roads? If you’re driving interstate, you may get to drive through one or more of Indiana’s bordering states: Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan.
The capital of Indiana is, you guessed it, Indianapolis. And here’s a fun fact – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a permanent seating capacity of 235,000, which is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world.
Intermodal Drivers In Indiana
Transporting freight by tractor-trailer isn’t the only way freight is hauled throughout the world. Intermodal transportation uses special containers to transport cargo using standardized containers to move said cargo onto trucks, freight trains, and ships.
These containers are often large rectangular boxes constructed of steel that can be secured to special trailers. The containers are built to withstand being transferred between the different modes of transportation; hence the term intermodal.
Intermodal drivers are often local drivers. They haul rail containers to and from the rail yard. Shipping freight by rail is still a viable solution and less expensive than driving it across the nation. This process requires more hands to touch the freight, though.
One truck and driver takes the freight to the rail yard. Then the freight is moved by rail most of the way. Once the freight arrives another truck and driver picks it up and delivers it to the customer.
Because there are more people involved with shipping freight by rail, it’s a good job for drivers that want to haul freight locally, especially if you want to be home in the evenings with the family. If you live near a major rail hub or shipping port check out companies that haul intermodal freight in your area.
Indiana CDL License Information and Insights
To get an Indiana CDL you must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident, and at least 18 years old if you’ll be transporting property within state lines. You must be 21 years old before you can drive interstate or if you will be transporting people. You must have held a valid driver’s license for at least one year. You must also hold a valid CDL learner’s permit.
Knowledge and Skills Examinations
To obtain a CDL in Indiana, you have to pass a knowledge exam and a skills exam in a vehicle representative of the class of CDL you want to receive. The CDL skills exam must be taken at a (Bureau of Motor Vehicles) BMV-authorized exam site and consists of three parts: pre-trip inspection exam, basic control skills exam, and the road trip exam. Authorized examination sites electronically transmit the skills exam results to the BMV to increase security and accuracy.
As of April 2016, the current FMCSA-approved Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875 and Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) Form, MCSA-5876 provided to you by the FMCSA Certified Medical Examiner must be provided to the BMV for updating your medical status.
Failure to provide these documents will result in the medical status of “Not Certified” and the downgrade of any CLP or CDL to base license privileges only. It is important to note that Indiana applicants must provide both the MER and MEC (SOURCE).
Truck Driver Training Schools
The BMV coordinates the licensing and oversight of driver education schools and instructors. If want to take a truck driver training course, you can find the information on myBMV.com.
Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Late Fee
Your CDL expires on your birthday and a late fee will be charged if the license is renewed after that date. If your birthday falls on a day when BMV branches are closed, such as a Sunday or a Monday, your license will remain valid until the end of the next business day.
Endorsements and Restrictions
In order to comply with the threat assessment measures required by the U.S.A. Patriot Act, all individuals who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with a hazardous materials endorsement must have their fingerprints recorded.
Fingerprinting Service Locations
Fingerprinting services are not available at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) license branches. All hazardous materials endorsement applications and fingerprinting services are conducted at TSA-approved enrollment centers.
Indiana drivers can apply for a hazardous materials endorsement by calling the Enrollment Center at 855-347-8371. You must complete the application before being fingerprinted. Once you’re approved for the hazardous materials endorsement, you can go to your nearest license branch to complete your renewal process (SOURCE).
Trucking Companies Local to Indiana
Trucking Schools in Indiana
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.
The costs in Indiana 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.
Indiana Trucking in the News
The Indiana Motor Truck Association organized drivers with unsellable food products to reroute their freight to local food banks via the new Indy Food Drop program.
According to the Indy Food Drop site, one in six Hoosiers face food insecurity. By creating a system for drivers with less than perfect food to offload that freight, this area of America is cutting down on food waste and helping hungry people get food.
Barbara Hunt, vice president for the IMTA, said the Indy Food Drop partnership stemmed from the association’s long relationship with the Midwest Food Bank in Indianapolis.
“They reached out to us because they also have a good relationship with a lot of the other food banks in the Indianapolis area,” Hunt said. “Their hope is to build this partnership and expand it across the state and then across state lines to show how we can all work together to feed hungry people in the U.S.”
“It’s a win-win-win. The goal is to feed hungry people but the by-product is less food waste and a driver can get that freight offloaded and keep moving,” Hunt said (SOURCE).