Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Iowa

Iowa CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

Driving a truck in Iowa can be an adventure. There are six bordering states (Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota) so you could drive off in any direction and see something new. The capital of Iowa is Des Moines and it is also the most populated. The top five cities are:

  1. Des Moines (203,433)
  2. Cedar Rapids (126,326)
  3. Davenport (99,685)
  4. Sioux City (82,684)
  5. Waterloo (68,406)

In Iowa, a truck driver’s annual average salary is $41,620 and can vary from $26,850 at the low end to $60,250 at the high end (SOURCE). If you’re a rookie, once you’ve got a few years’ experience behind you, you could be making fairly good money.

Good news for truck drivers in Iowa! The projected increase in the number of truck driver jobs will increase 14% from 2014-2024. The average percent increase for the U.S. is 6%.

Looking at median salaries, meaning the numbers have exactly 50% above and 50% below, the U.S. is at $41,340 while Iowa is at $39,740. Depending on the city, you can make more than the median salary as shown below (SOURCE):

  • Des Moines: $46,000
  • Dubuque: $44,280
  • Davenport: $40,950
  • Iowa City: $40,560
  • Sioux City: $40,240

Truckload Carriers In Iowa

If you’re just starting out, there are a lot of trucking jobs to consider; one in particular is a for-hire truckload carrier. This classification of trucking company earns their revenue by hauling other companies’ freight. If you work for a for-hire truckload carrier you’re working for a company that doesn’t manufacturer or produce anything.

Usually these carrier companies contract out their trucks, trailers, and drivers to other companies that need their services. To drop a few company names that use for-hire truckload carriers, there are many familiar names:

  • Landstar System
  • J.B. Hunt
  • Swift Transportation
  • Schneider

Since these companies don’t manufacturer or ship their own goods the business is dependent upon the freight demands of other companies. There is a down side to working for this type of trucking company and that is that freight contracts turnover and are offered to other trucking companies to bid on. So you might enjoy hauling a certain customer’s freight n, but it doesn’t mean the company you work for will always win the bid for that customer’s freight contract.

This could be good if you enjoy variety and the challenges of hauling different types of freight. Usually for-hire truckload companies have multiple customers to protect against the loss of one customer’s freight. So you don’t have to worry about being let go if they lose one contract.

For-hire truckload carriers typically have their drivers operate as part of an over-the-road network of drivers. Often, a for-hire truckload carrier has a large percentage of their fleet made up of OTR drivers. If you are a new driver in the industry, this may be where you need to start if you want to move up in the ranks of the trucking world.

Iowa CDL License Information and Information

How to get your Iowa CDL (SOURCE):

  • Be at least age 18 for intrastate driving or 21 to transport people and/or drive interstate.
  • Provide proof of full name, date of birth, and Social Security number.
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Proof of Iowa residency (your license showing your Iowa address will meet this requirement)
  • Pass vision screening
  • Hold a CLP for at least 14 days prior to applying for your CDL (effective July 2015).
  • Your driving record will be checked in all other states; the check must show you are eligible for commercial licensing in all other states.
  • You must certify how you’ll use the truck you’ll operate on the job, which may require you to have a medical certificate.

Knowledge
Pass the knowledge test(s) for the type of commercial vehicle you want to operate. Some of those types of knowledge tests include:

  • General knowledge for any CDL
  • Combination vehicle for Class A
  • Air brake
  • Passenger
  • School bus
  • Doubles/Triples
  • Hazmat
  • Tank
  • Iowa operator (if applicable)

Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP)

Second, you have to obtain a CLP after you pass the applicable knowledge tests, and you’ll have to hold that CLP for at least 14 days before you can go to the third step (skills testing) and get your full CDL.

Skills Test

There are three segments of the skills test. You must show up for these tests in a vehicle that’s in good working order and is representative of the class of license you’re applying for.

1. Pre-trip vehicle inspection test
The pre-trip vehicle inspection test is required to verify the vehicle is safe to drive. You will have to walk around the vehicle and point to or touch each item and explain to the license examiner what you are checking and why.

2. Skills test
The skills test ensures you can drive in a number of difficult situations; for example, maneuvering around cones and backing maneuvers.

3. Driving test
The driving test takes place on public roads with an examiner in the passenger’s seat.

CDL
After you pass the required skills (driving) test, you can get your CDL at any driver’s license issuance location for a cost of $8 per year plus any applicable endorsement fees (SOURCE).

Iowa Trucking in the News

Trucking industry reports indicate that significant freight rate increases are expected in the near future. Due to recent hurricanes, the pending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, and an increase in freight demand, trucking fleets will have the upper hand in 2018 negotiations.

A report from Cowen and Co. states that private fleets and third-party logistics firms could have rate increases reaching 15 percent and for truckload carriers, the higher pricing translates into stronger rates on contract freight.

On the less-than-truckload side, volumes have increased significantly with some truckload overflow freight, industrial sector strength, and continued growth in the e-commerce sector (SOURCE).

Story 2: Walcott Truckers Jamboree Attendance Over 44,500
Iowa 80, The World’s Largest Truckstop celebrated America’s truckers last week with 44,523 drivers and their families as well as local residents at the 38th Annual Walcott Truckers Jamboree – three days of trucks, music, and family fun.

Twenty-five states and two Canadian provinces were represented. The Walcott Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating truckers, rain or shine, since 1979. “My family is proud to have been serving the trucking industry for 53 years,” said Delia Moon Meier. “This is our chance to thank all of the men and women who deliver the goods we need every day, and we’re honored to do so.”

During the three-day event, guests enjoyed over 143 exhibits, a Super Truck Beauty Contest with 72 participants, an antique truck display with more than 170 vehicles, Trucker Olympics, carnival games, and free concerts. Both Thursday and Friday nights included fireworks displays, a truck light show, and plenty of fun for the whole family.

“The Walcott Truckers Jamboree is a celebration of trucking,” said Heather DeBaillie, Iowa 80 Truckstop’s marketing director. “It’s a great privilege to be able to not only honor drivers and their hard work, but to showcase trucking to the general public.” (SOURCE)

1 CALL HAULS IT ALL LLC

Listed in
(319) 936-9414

1610 WILLOWCREEK #3, 52240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1915826

1 JIM REEFER

Listed in
(515) 295-3741

722 E STATE ST, 50511
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1536323

10-4 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 727-3015

825 ASH ST, 51022
Interstate
2569458

100X MARKETING GROUP INC

Listed in
(641) 684-6000

14500 SYCAMORE RD, 52501
Interstate
2133934

101 ACRE RANCH

Listed in
(563) 732-2793

1205 TRAIL AVE, 52778-9308
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1996482

109 PARTYLINES

Listed in
(319) 899-9643

229 11TH ST NW, 52405
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2171006

151 LANDSCAPE AND CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(319) 241-4711

848 TIMBERLINE RD, 52310
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2121341

151 LANDSCAPE AND CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(319) 241-4711

848 TIMBERLINE RD, 52310
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2121341

18890

Listed in
(515) 992-3598

30654 230TH STREET, 50063
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2004411

1959

Listed in
(319) 363-0709

3405 7TH AVENUE STE 102, 52302
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1986751

1SHAWN’S CUSTOM TRUCKING

Listed in
(319) 442-3138

7028 14TH AVE, 52249
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1477615

1ST CALL LAWNCARE LLC

Listed in
(319) 232-0307

3512 MIDWAY DR, 50701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2004360

1ST TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(641) 691-2224

2409 310TH ST, 52342
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557500

1ST TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(641) 691-2224

2409 310TH ST, 52342
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2557500

2 4 1 TRUCKING

Listed in
(515) 227-1929

2308 19TH AVE N, 50501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2204230

2 U TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(319) 456-2127

33807 305TH AVE, 52585
Interstate
2548892

21ST CENTURY COOP

Listed in
(712) 774-5412

2ND & WASHINGTON, 50843
Interstate
222761

230TH STREET TRUCKING

Listed in
(406) 599-5133

6867 230TH ST, 51345
Interstate
2256274

24-7 VEHICLE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(515) 986-0464

1800 SE GATEWAY DRIVE, 50111
Interstate
2579990

2D FAMILY FARMS LTD

Listed in
(712) 752-8407

4623 400TH ST, 51238
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2121176

2D FAMILY FARMS LTD

Listed in
(712) 752-8407

4623 400TH ST, 51238
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2121176

2H TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 260-3634

959 440TH ST, 51033
Interstate
2489463

2J TRUCKING

Listed in
(712) 730-4459

2173 LANDMARK AVENUE, 51445
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2003622

2R TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(712) 755-5372

502 FARNAM ST, 51537
Interstate
1429115

2X TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 520-2287

56001 230TH STREET, 51534
Interstate
2583858

3 BROTHERS RECYCLING

Listed in
(701) 541-3045

580 SE JONAS CR, 50263
Interstate
1624169

3 GS FARM LLC

Listed in
(712) 527-0149

33033 ELDERBERRY AVE, 51551
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2640021

3 GUYS & A BUS INC

Listed in
(563) 357-9002

223 INDUSTRIAL LANE, 52069
Interstate
1501444

3 K FARMS INC

Listed in
(712) 688-2868

1375 365ST, 51433
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2028710

3 OF A KIND XPRESS INC

Listed in
(712) 676-3325

215 BIRCH STREET, 51461
Interstate
1212375

3 T TRUCKING

Listed in
(641) 773-5385

351 W 4TH STREET, 50108
Interstate
2181142

3 X TRANS

Listed in
(605) 212-4220

2162 CHERRY AVE, 51240
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1693937

3-D-FARMS

Listed in
(515) 230-2972

1779 - 170TH STREET, 50036
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1814959

3-R RANCH INC

Listed in
(712) 792-0045

18746 HWY 30 WEST, 51401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1252860

3-S LIVESTOCK PARTNERSHIP

Listed in
(712) 362-7445

4361 HWY 9, 51334
Interstate
1638030

3197527333

(319) 752-7333

1615 W MT PLEASANT ST, 52655
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2428403

321 TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(319) 931-5935

2519 320TH ST, 52654
Interstate
1260231

326-

Listed in
(319) 524-3714

1012 MAIN STREET, 52632
Interstate
2131175

33Z RACING LLC

Listed in
(641) 637-2587

307 N PARK AVE, 50207
Interstate
2378895

33Z RACING LLC

Listed in
(641) 637-2587

307 N PARK AVE, 50207
Interstate
2378895

33Z RACING LLC

Listed in
(641) 637-2587

307 N PARK AVE, 50207
Interstate
2378895

3D CUSTOM FARMS INC

Listed in
(712) 441-4494

2927 390TH ST, 51250
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2587190

3D RACING

Listed in
(641) 420-7603

516 7TH AVE N, 50428
Interstate
2391188

3D TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(712) 567-3337

4695 US 75 AVE, 51036
Interstate
1285691

3E

Listed in
(515) 273-0100

953 73RD ST, 50312-1031
Interstate
168312

3J SERVICES INC

Listed in
(701) 210-0617

401 5TH STREET, 51038
Interstate
2445812

3J SERVICES INC

Listed in
(701) 210-0617

401 5TH STREET, 51038
Interstate
2445812

3S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 229-5953

3740 SILVER AVE, 51245
Interstate
2146372

3T SERVICES INC

Listed in
(712) 226-3874

2501 MURRAY STREET, 51111
Interstate
1922751

4 BOYZ INC

Listed in
(641) 891-0575

2297 440TH AVE, 52221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2545889

4 COUNTY TRUCKING

Listed in
(319) 240-9737

1145 300 ST, 50433
Interstate
2277904

4 EVERGREEN LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

Listed in
(712) 338-4222

21457 214TH CIRCLE AV, 51351
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1629790

4 K FAMILY LTD PARTNERSHIP

Listed in
(641) 788-3615

1054 CO HWY J 55, 50836
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1999415

4 M EXPRESS

Listed in
(641) 328-0298

2002 CATALINA PLACE, 50158
Interstate
2101965

4 SEASONS FUNDRAISING INC

Listed in
(515) 981-5118

1850 COLONIAL PARKWAY, 50211
Interstate
2287956

4-ALL TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(563) 847-1525

2453 190 TH ST, 52037
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1907744

4-J FARMSLLC

Listed in
(641) 744-2415

3347 280TH ST, 50233
Interstate
1985929

4-WISE TRUCKING & SALES

Listed in
(515) 249-1652

1032 LISBON DRIVE, 50138
Interstate
2182805

40909

Listed in
(515) 341-1276

1303 400TH STREET, 50517
Interstate
2365513

4J FENCE COMPANY

Listed in
(563) 921-3059

2082 MAIN ST, 52065
Interstate
1871473

4K TRUCK LINE LLC

Listed in
(712) 336-5248

705 252ND AVE, 51360
Interstate
1434147

5 E O LLC

Listed in
(515) 865-5441

4309 129TH STREET, 50323
Interstate
2505057

5 G RANCH INC

Listed in
(641) 343-7400

2731 QUEBEC AVE, 50849
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2058499

5050 ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(319) 850-2799

835 CURRAN STREET, 52601
Interstate
1039137

515 PARTY BUS LLC

Listed in
(515) 393-1634

25789 N AVE, 50638
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437466

515 PARTY BUS LLC

Listed in
(515) 393-1634

25789 N AVE, 50638
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2437466

5A TRANSFER

Listed in
(712) 441-7525

408 S MAIN, 51250
Interstate
2054063

5D EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(319) 293-6131

22168 HIGHWAY 2, 52565
Interstate
1243083

5J TRUCKING

Listed in
(712) 298-0706

302 HWY 18, 50598
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1586781

5M MCKEE TRUCKING

Listed in
(712) 566-3231

31792 MAGNOLIA RD, 51559-6044
Interstate
1206034

5T TRUCKING

Listed in
(641) 430-6535

219 S 3RD STREET, 50475
Interstate
2161714

6261983

Listed in
(515) 833-2151

714 2ND ST, 50233
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2373063

6K FARMS RBF LLC

Listed in
(641) 497-5797

24702 265TH, 50206
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2534958

6M INC

Listed in
(712) 368-2166

5273 120TH ST, 51025
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2138588

6N4

Listed in
(712) 229-3047

1412 OKOBOJI AVE, 51351
Interstate
2361599

6POINT5 TRUCKING

Listed in
(641) 394-2231

108 N WALNUT AVE, 50659
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2134565

6X FARMS

Listed in
(515) 386-8494

1115 MCDUFFIE DRIVE, 50129
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2159737

7OL TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(712) 350-0055

1791 305TH AVE, 51652
Interstate
2549665

7WAY TRUCKING

Listed in
(814) 384-3164

6579 VISTA DR APT 79107, 50266
Interstate
2082913

80 TRUCKING

Listed in
(641) 648-3220

605 DALE DR, 50126-1722
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1187947

9 GRAND TRUCKING

Listed in
(515) 573-5893

826 6TH AVENUE N, 50501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2100557

A -1 CRANE RENTAL AND MACHINERY MOVING INC

Listed in
(563) 583-5735

525 E 19TH STREET, 52001
Interstate
1533667

A & A DELIVERY

Listed in
(515) 257-0405

1603 NE VICKSBURG CT, 50021
Interstate
1595333

A & A EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(904) 226-6394

4305 70TH STREET, 50322
Interstate
2477527

A & A RAIN GUTTERS

Listed in
(712) 362-2591

621 10TH AVE N, 51334
Interstate
2586892

A & B CONSTRUCTION LTD

Listed in
(319) 330-9968

30810 200TH ST, 52231
Interstate
2382752

A & B WELDING LLC

Listed in
(641) 584-2900

105 JACKSON ST, 50478
Interstate
2723421

A & C CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(712) 898-4858

3229 LINDENWOOD ST, 51104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2450754

A & C CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(712) 898-4858

3229 LINDENWOOD ST, 51104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2450754

A & C TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 275-4520

200 1/2 N BERWICK STREET, 51053
Interstate
1054949

A & E FREIGHT SERVICE

Listed in
(319) 361-5013

830 1/2 18TH AVE SW #A, 52404
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1207286

A & E MILLWRIGHT & REPAIR INC

Listed in
(515) 432-9917

1030 155 ST, 50036
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2005931

A & E REPAIR

Listed in
(712) 210-1851

425 W 6 TH ST, 51443
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2343321

A & E REPAIR

Listed in
(712) 210-1851

425 W 6 TH ST, 51443
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2343321

A & F RECYCLING

Listed in
(319) 696-2503

2140 VETCH BLVD, 52641
Interstate
2252087

A & G RUPP LLC

Listed in
(712) 229-1355

6141 E AVE, 51035
Interstate
1851623

A & I TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(515) 554-2310

4201 68TH ST, 50322
Interstate
1901609

A & I TRUCKING

Listed in
(515) 745-7500

1359 91 ST, 50266
Interstate
1446863

A & J CUSTOM

Listed in
(712) 470-1835

2847 IRONWOOD AVE, 51239
Interstate
1993382

A & K EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(515) 745-9803

9264 KINGMAN DR, 50266
Interstate
2411332