Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Kansas

Kansas CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

If you are a trucker in the state of Kansas you are in good company. There are currently close to 20,000 truck drivers in the state. Kansas is located geographically in the center of the U.S. bordered by four states: Colorado, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Projected employment for truck drivers in Kansas between 2014 and 2024 is expected to increase by 8%, which is just a bit over the national increase of 6%. The average yearly salary for a truck driver in Kansas is $43,110. That’s quite good. However, if you are just starting out or if you’ve been on the job a number of years, your salary will vary. The lowest 10% is $26,890 and the highest 10% is $63,020 (SOURCE).

Wichita is the most populated city in Kansas yet doesn’t have the highest median salary neither does Topeka, the state capital. When looking at the median salaries of truck drivers in Kansas, the U.S. median salary is $41,340 with Kansas being fairly close at $40,370. Of course that changes as you move from city to city (SOURCE):

  • Kansas City: $43,690
  • Wichita: $40,740
  • Topeka: $38,040

The average salary is figured by adding up all salaries and dividing by the number of figures you just added. The median salary is right in the middle of the list with 50% of salaries higher and 50% lower.

Researching Potential Kansas Trucking Employers

Benefits of Working for a Small Trucking Company
Whether you are a rookie or a seasoned professional looking for a new challenge, don’t forget about the smaller companies. It’s easy to look for the largest companies and think they have the most possibilities for future.

Maybe you’ve heard other drivers make negative comments about small trucking companies. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring job listings at small local companies. You never know how it might help your career.

Competitive Compensation Packages
In general, small trucking companies have more competitive compensation packages than national companies. National companies usually rely on company drivers. Often small companies split their loads between company drivers and owner-operators and this means less overhead. Less overhead and less employees mean fewer expenses so there’s more money left over, which if you are a savvy negotiator can go into your pocket.

Know Who You’re Working For
When you work for a local company, you’re more likely to know the company owner and other professionals within the company. You know what the company’s long-term goals are, and how you’re benefiting yourself, other drivers, and your local economy.

More Flexibility
If you have a trucking position at a local company, your employer and managers see you every day and know how much you do for the company. If you have an emergency situation, they may be more flexible when you need to call in a favor. Also, because the company is smaller you build relationships with other drivers and hopefully have each other’s backs when someone is in trouble.

Who knows? You might really enjoy working for a small trucking company, especially if you like where you live. So don’t automatically go for the national trucking jobs without checking out the smaller companies, too.

Kansas CDL License Information and Insights

Basic Physical Qualifications
You are required to obtain a “Medical Examiner’s Certificate” to prove that you are physically capable of operating a commercial motor vehicle. Some of the requirements are as follows:

  • Vision test. Eyeglasses or contact lenses are acceptable, but the use of corrective lenses should be noted on your Medical Examiner’s Certificate (and on your regular driver’s license).
  • You cannot be a diabetic who requires insulin via needle injection.
  • Hearing test.
  • Blood Pressure: there can be no current diagnosis of high blood pressure that would interfere with your ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.
  • Conditions like sleep apnea may also be a disqualification.

Written and Knowledge Exams

To get a CDL, you must pass knowledge and skills tests. Study the Kansas CDL manual to help you pass the state exams. You still need a truck driver training class or program. The manual is not a substitute for learning. Formal training is the most reliable way to learn the skills needed to drive a large commercial vehicle and to become a professional truck driver.

Each person must take and pass a general knowledge test and any other tests that are appropriate for obtaining your job.

Skill and Road Testing

In addition to the knowledge tests, there is a hands-on skills test. When testing you must use the same class of commercial vehicle you need to be licensed for to do your job. The driving test has three parts (SOURCE):

  • Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection
  • Basic Vehicle Control
  • On-Road Driving Exam

Types of CDL Licenses in Kansas

CDL licenses come in several classes. Depending on the type of CMV you drive for a living, the type will determine which class license you need.

CLASS A
Is for “combination” vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) over 26,000 pounds, and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is more than 10,000 pounds. If you don’t have a job yet, get a Class A license because with a Class A CDL (plus any appropriate endorsements i.e. HAZMAT, Passengers, Doubles & Triples, etc.) you can also operate vehicles included in Class B, C, and D.

CLASS B
A single vehicle or combination vehicles where the GVWR of the single vehicle is more than 26,000 pounds. The vehicle being pulled must not be more than 10,000 pounds. A driver with a Kansas Class B CDL (plus appropriate endorsements) can also legally operate Class C or D vehicles.

CLASS C
Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of Class A or Class B. Vehicles in this class are designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver, OR used to transport hazardous materials for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR part 172, subpart F).

CLASS D
Private passenger, regular operator vehicles.

Kansas CDL Age Requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to drive within state lines (intrastate).
  • You must be at least 21 years old
  • Drive commercial vehicles across state lines (interstate)
  • Haul hazardous materials (with proper endorsements)

Documents You Need to Bring When You Apply

You must be a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident to apply for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), per 49 CFR 383.71. When you apply, you must provide documents of identification proving your identity, lawful status in the U.S., Social Security number, and Kansas residency.

What Are The Tests?
Depending on what type of endorsements you need, you must take a test for each one:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Air Brakes
  • Doubles and Triples
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Tank Vehicles
  • Passenger Vehicles

Kansas Trucking in the News

Kansas’s Sun Valley Trucking, located in Hutchinson, has so many Wilson trailers in its fleet that the national semi-trailer manufacturer asked the company to become an authorized repair center for its equipment.

“We own 150 Wilson trailers,” said Sun Valley president Keith Bauer. “What better person to partner with? They came out, inspected the place, and granted us authorization to become a warranty and repair center for them.” There are only two other authorized warranty centers in Kansas for the Iowa-based manufacturer, in Dodge City and Liberal.

“If a guy from North Carolina buys a Wilson trailer, and he’s coming through Kansas and has an issue he can stop here and get fixed it,” Bauer said. “We also do emergency roadside for basically anyone.”

“They will basically be our service center for central and eastern Kansas,” said John Wilkening, the Kansas sales representative for Wilson Trailer. “The next closest ones are in Oklahoma City and Grand Island, Nebraska.”

“They know our trailers very well and we were looking for somebody capable of doing service and warranty work for us,” he said. “We have confidence in Sun Valley Trucking to do the job right.”

Sun Valley Trucking started a mechanics shop to maintain its own fleet after the Kansas Truck Center closed. Then they started offering limited servicing for outside companies, in order to keep its shop employees busy.

“About 75% is servicing our own trucks, with 25% outside repair,” Bauer estimated. He believes Wilson repairs could grow to about 40% or 50% of the maintenance and repair business (SOURCE).

1 800 GOT JUNK

Listed in
(913) 663-2100

9851 WIDMER RD, 66215
Interstate
1299184

1 ON 1 NUTRITION OF KANSAS

Listed in
(316) 799-2485

9751 N 159TH ST E, 67017
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1444974

1-800-JUNKPRO

Listed in
(316) 688-5865

608 RAMSEY, 67147
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1671687

12TH & HASKELL BARGAIN CENTER LLC

Listed in
(785) 865-3730

1146 HASKELL, 66044
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1359854

15 R’S LLC

Listed in
(785) 353-2569

1156 24TH ROAD, 66406
Interstate
2114221

15 R’S LLC

Listed in
(785) 353-2569

1156 24TH ROAD, 66406
Interstate
2114221

169 AUTO PARTS INC

Listed in
(913) 592-3030

22218 LONE ELM RD, 66083
Intrastate Hazmat
1737391

1952

Listed in
(620) 431-0946

21073 LAKEWOOD LANE, 66720
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2460720

1LARRY SERVAES

Listed in
(913) 367-0709

1212 PACIFIC, 66002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424116

1ST AFFORDABLE TRAILER SERVICE

Listed in
(913) 461-3018

69 PORCUPINE PATH, 66040
Interstate
2205996

2 BROTHERS JUNKING

Listed in
(785) 216-1013

301 N 9TH ST, 67672
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2484802

2-G FARMS INC

Listed in
(178) 544-2825

1802 CORONADO RD, 66035-4237
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2477661

212 LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(620) 391-1577

2063 O ROAD, 67869
Interstate
2257003

21ST CENTURY BEAN PROCESSING LLC

Listed in
(785) 852-4203

715 EAST 2ND, 67758
Interstate
1718085

24 HR RECOVERY & TOW

Listed in
(785) 501-3133

1917 NW WEST ST, 66608-1645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2359227

281 AUTO SALVAGE

Listed in
(620) 793-8469

562 N US HWY 281, 67530
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2476561

2B SMOKIN’ LLC

Listed in
(620) 332-4678

4357 COUNTY ROAD 5800, 67301-7965
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348345

2B SMOKIN’ LLC

Listed in
(620) 332-4678

4357 COUNTY ROAD 5800, 67301-7965
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2348345

2ND 2 NONE TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(575) 405-6267

1021 BALBOA, 67901
Interstate
1642567

2ND GENERATION LAWN & LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(316) 573-6166

653 SYLVAN, 67218-2535
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2575495

2ND HAND HANNEMANS

Listed in
(785) 827-8689

640 N SANTA FE AVENUE, 67401-1955
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1018138

2R LLC

Listed in
(785) 632-1951

1924 VALLEYVIEW ROAD, 67447-9100
Interstate
1359754

3 BALL TRUCKING

Listed in
(785) 821-3897

817 WASHINGTON STREET, 67735-3515
Interstate
2383887

3 BROTHERS LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(913) 709-9971

24892 E 1800 RD, 66075
Interstate
2484461

3 D RECYCLING

Listed in
(913) 898-4045

19450 K-7 HIGHWAY, 66040
Interstate
1035024

3 D TRENCHING & BACKHOE LLC

Listed in
(620) 200-0110

442 8TH AVE, 67546
Intrastate Hazmat
1810943

3 J BAR T LLC

Listed in
(816) 398-3169

3708 N 154TH STREET TERR, 66007
Interstate
2466494

3 J FUEL CARRIERS INC

Listed in
(620) 342-3110

2608 W US HW 50, 66801
Interstate
1023146

3 M FARMS

Listed in
(620) 622-4494

266 AVENUE I, 67127
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1822149

3B ENERGY INC

Listed in
(620) 325-3313

3496 SALINE ROAD, 66757
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1673109

3G ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(620) 276-2421

905 W MARY ST, 67846-2749
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1445485

3J HAULING

Listed in
(316) 393-4774

127 S QUAIL CREEK, 67119
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1841887

3J’S TRUCKING CO LLC

Listed in
(785) 259-5201

2600 E 7TH LOT 4, 67601
Interstate
2447047

3J’S TRUCKING CO LLC

Listed in
(785) 259-5201

2600 E 7TH LOT 4, 67601
Interstate
2447047

3M LIVESTOCK

Listed in
(620) 682-5636

11356 129 RD, 67876
Interstate
2510723

3P PROCESSING

Listed in
(316) 943-0731

1702 S KNIGHT, 67213
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1747294

3R FARMS

Listed in
(785) 293-4414

8971 BARTON ROAD, 66449
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1694974

3SPINOS HARVESTING

Listed in
(620) 640-5205

3613 AMY STREET, 67846
Interstate
1045814

3T SUPPLY INC

Listed in
(785) 827-4095

928 E NORTH ST, 67401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1497412

3XALADY TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(785) 249-2733

4120 NE SEWARD AVE, 66616
Interstate
2268411

4 F ENTERPRISE LLC

Listed in
(620) 583-5767

1511 V ROAD, 67045
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1014217

4 JACKS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(913) 707-6857

13635 S SYCAMORE ST, 66062-5358
Interstate
2566319

4 LEGS UP BBQ

Listed in
(620) 617-1803

637 E LAKEVIEW DRIVE, 67530
Interstate
2127091

4 PLAY TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(785) 313-4054

107 S MAIN, 66531-9763
Interstate
2477445

4 S TRANSPORTS INC

Listed in
(620) 228-2094

2147 ALLEN RD, 66080-9125
Interstate
1722575

4 S TRANSPORTS INC

Listed in
(620) 228-2094

2147 ALLEN RD, 66080-9125
Interstate
1722575

4 S TRANSPORTS INC

Listed in
(620) 228-2094

2147 ALLEN RD, 66080-9125
Interstate
1722575

4 S TRANSPORTS INC

Listed in
(620) 228-2094

2147 ALLEN RD, 66080-9125
Interstate
1722575

4 SEASON’S TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(913) 961-5344

11401 WEST 69TH STREET, 66203-3747
Interstate
2070113

4 SEASONS AG LLC

Listed in
(785) 443-4187

2003 CO RD K, 67701
Interstate
2565037

4 SMOKIN BLONDES

Listed in
(402) 972-5520

14614 GRANT LANE, 66221
Interstate
2425752

4 STAR LIMOUSINE LLC

Listed in
(620) 231-6444

1115 SOUTH 232ND STREET, 66762-8788
Interstate
1951598

4 STATE SUPPLY

Listed in
(913) 894-9484

11701 WEST 85TH, 66214-1517
Interstate
2101732

4-D CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(785) 543-7299

1440 2ND ST, 67661
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2472460

4-K TRUCKING

Listed in
(785) 483-3263

1023 N BROOKS, 67665
Interstate
1846583

4-P FARMS & TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(785) 282-1293

203 N GRANT, 66967-2103
Interstate
2287233

4-S FEEDERS

Listed in
(785) 472-4716

1965 AVENUE K, 67454
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1062163

4-STAR UPDATE-RESTORE-REPAIR SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(316) 540-0499

402 E 2ND AVE, 67025-9039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2523718

47TH ST VENDING

Listed in
(316) 722-4763

522 N BAY COUNTRY, 67235
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1750596

4C FARMS

Listed in
(785) 332-4638

17047 RD 4, 67745
Interstate
2102174

4HIM CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(620) 290-0545

1838 ONTARIO DR, 67877-8002
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2478599

4R FARMS INC A FAMILY FARM CORPORATION

Listed in
(785) 868-3255

1095 52ND RAOD, 66417-8473
Interstate
2293418

4VRANCH DOUTHIT HEREFORDS

Listed in
(785) 332-2323

600 LORRAINE ST, 67756-2542
Interstate
2488043

4W FARMS LLC

Listed in
(316) 217-2762

9930 W US HWY 50, 67056
Interstate
2559177

4W FARMS LLC

Listed in
(316) 217-2762

9930 W US HWY 50, 67056
Interstate
2559177

5 BAR F TRUCKING

Listed in
(785) 378-7013

222 E WEBSTER ST, 66956-1816
Interstate
2571040

5 J TRUCKING

Listed in
(785) 373-4015

709 IOWA ST, 67485-9361
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2372800

5 STAR ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(620) 355-7827

1290 ROAD T, 67860
Interstate
2052449

503 EXPRESS

Listed in
(620) 521-9723

2808 TERRACE PL APT 13, 67846
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2630046

54 REBUILDERS LLC

Listed in
(620) 365-8400

601 S MAIN, 66742
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1123778

5AB CARRIER LLC

Listed in
(913) 636-0441

9126 CONSTANCE ST, 66215
Interstate
2429455

5G CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(620) 271-8846

752 RD BB, 67870
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2481549

5M TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(620) 384-5543

500 SOUTH NOTT STREET, 67878
Interstate
1703207

5T’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(785) 527-0410

1865 270 RD, 66960
Interstate
1856850

6 A TRUCKING

Listed in
(785) 462-0641

312 S MISSOURI, 67757-5937
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1726080

6203827097

Listed in
(620) 382-7097

114 S DATE ST, 67063
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2478457

7 H BAR RANCH LLC

Listed in
(785) 399-2245

2855 RD 3, 67762
Interstate
1857423

7 HIGHWAY INC

Listed in
(913) 849-3525

27657 W 391ST, 66026-7741
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2393130

7853660972

Listed in
(785) 366-0972

2415 1100 AVE, 67449
Interstate
2383799

888 ENTERPRISES LLC

Listed in
(816) 500-4017

1017 S FERREE, 66105
Interstate
1416028

96 AGRI SALES INC

Listed in
(316) 661-2281

10400 N 247TH W, 67108
Interstate
1182940

A & A APPLIANCE INC

Listed in
(620) 662-5331

429 EAST 3RD, 67501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1803021

A & A AUTO TOWN

Listed in
(316) 524-8835

3955 S BROADWAY, 67216
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1146083

A & A BUILDERS INC

Listed in
(620) 663-1241

506 N WHITESIDE, 67501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1627862

A & A EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(913) 731-2425

16388 S HUNTER ST, 66062
Interstate
2160927

A & A LOCK AND KEY LLC

Listed in
(816) 765-0000

2064 N 900 RD, 66025
Interstate
2488128

A & A MOVING HAULING SERVICES 3 MEN WITH A TRUCK & 3 MEN WITH A TRUCK AND TRAILER JAYHAWK MOVING AND STORAGE

Listed in
(785) 234-6478

200 SW JACKSON ST, 66603-3314
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1439297

A & A TRANSPORT

Listed in
(620) 290-0940

950 N JENNIE BARKER RD LOT 71, 67846
Interstate
2419916

A & A TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(816) 876-3030

12659 S RACE STREET, 66061
Interstate
2075911

A & A TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(620) 640-7557

2409 COMANCHE COURT, 67846
Interstate
2457320

A & B LAWN SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(316) 304-5117

11921 ALBERT CIRCLE, 67101
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1782284

A & B TOOL SALES

Listed in
(316) 253-6429

2630 W 58TH CT N, 67204-5365
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1024330

A & CONSTRUCTION CLEANUP

Listed in
(785) 969-0322

1807 SW BROADVIEW, 66615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1606874

A & D COX FARMS

Listed in
(620) 212-2411

3920 240TH ROAD, 66720
Interstate
1729070

A & E TREE

Listed in
(913) 200-3040

14021 FONTANA STREET, 66224
Interstate
2451352

A & E TREE

Listed in
(913) 200-3040

14021 FONTANA STREET, 66224
Interstate
2451352

A & F TRUCKING CORP

Listed in
(913) 219-8089

933 EAST OLD 56 HIGHWAY, 66061
Interstate
2100543

A & H AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING INC

Listed in
(785) 594-3357

1717 COLLEGE ST, 66006
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1704053

A & H ELECTRIC INC

Listed in
(316) 838-3003

3939 N BRIDGEPORT CIRCLE, 67219-3300
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1929087

A & J DIRT CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(785) 462-6380

2590 K 25, 67701-9102
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1093715