Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Kentucky

Kentucky CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

The great thing about trucking is that there are so many different types of drivers that you will be able to find a job that works with your family situation and personality. If you have a family and want to be home nights, you can work for a local company and drive intrastate.

This job is good for someone who likes order, as you will probably deliver to the same clients and drive the same route each day. Maybe you’re single and a bit of an adventurer. In that case, an OTR job would be ideal since you’ll be away from home for a while delivering to other states. You’ll be out on the open road, seeing new vistas, and meeting new people.

Kentucky has quite a few bordering states: Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Even if you only drive to bordering states (regional driver) you’d still see several southeastern as well as northern central states. You can also make a good salary while driving.

The average trucker salary in Kentucky is $42,100. If you’re a rookie your salary may be toward the lower end to start $25,770. Not everyone will reach the pinnacle for various reasons, but the highest salary is $62,140. A salary like that takes years of experience. But the good news is that projected growth in the trucking industry is expected to grow 8% in Kentucky by 2024. The U.S. as a whole is expected to have a 6% increase (SOURCE).

Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky although you may be more familiar with cities like Louisville, which is the most populated, and home to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Also in Louisville is the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum dedicated to the life of the world famous boxer. If you like cars, the National Corvette Museum showcases, you guessed it, Chevy Corvettes. It’s located in Bowling Green.

When you compare median salaries in Kentucky to the median for the U.S., Kentucky comes in lower by about $1,000 ($41,340 U.S. vs. $40,270 KY). But start your search in the larger cities first, to find the largest salaries (SOURCE):

  • Louisville: $44,030
  • Lexington: $43,910
  • Owensboro: $37,550
  • Bowling Green: $35,320

Kentucky CDL License Information and Insights

The Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Regulation (FMCSR) 49 CFR 383.71 requires that all CDL holders and applicants have a valid DOT medical card on file with the Division of Driver Licensing in order to obtain/retain a valid CDL license/permit.

CDL holders/applicants must provide a legible copy of both front and back of the medical card. Also, prior to the issuance of an original, renewal or upgrade CDL/CLP all CDL holders/applicants must self certify as to what type driving they are operating in or expect to operate in by completing TC 94-169, Commercial Driver License Self Certification form.

The above information must be forwarded to the Division of Driver Licensing and posted to the driver’s CDLIS record prior to applying for a CDL/ CLP at the circuit court clerk’s office. The Commercial Driver Licensing application and the Self Certification form are accessible from the DDL website.

All applicants will be required to pass a knowledge test either in written or oral form, and a vision test. A CDL instruction permit will then be issued that is valid for six (6) months. You may schedule a road skills test with Kentucky State Police 10 days after the permit has been issued. Bring your own truck/bus for the testing. If you do not successfully pass the road skills test by the expiration of your CDL instruction permit renewal, you will need to reapply. All fees and written tests will be required prior to a new permit being issued.

Your CDL is valid for four years and will remain valid as long as you keep renewing it before the expiration date. Each time you renew you have to show the Circuit Court Clerk a valid DOT Medical Card. Also, if you have a hazardous materials endorsement, you will be required to be fingerprinted and take the written exam prior to renewing your CDL license with a HAZMAT endorsement (SOURCE).

Here are some restrictions that you may have on your CDL:
– K: Intrastate Driving only
– L: Vehicles not equipped w/Air Brakes
– M: Except Class A Bus
– N: Except Class A and B Bus
– O: Vehicles other than Tractor Trailer
– E: Auto Transmission CMV only
– Z: Hydraulic over Air brake (CDL License Only)
– V: Variance
– W: Farm Restricted Service
– X: No Cargo in Tank Vehicle (CDL Permit Only)
– P: No Passengers in Bus (CDL Permit Only)

The USA PATRIOT Act requires all drivers who transport hazardous materials to undergo a security threat assessment and be fingerprinted. The TSA developed a program to implement this safety requirement.

Following as some General Rules to be aware of regarding your CDL (SOURCE):

  • You can’t have more than one license
  • You must be licensed in your home state
  • Notify your employer within 30 days of a conviction for any traffic violation, except parking. This applies to any vehicle you were driving at the time
  • Notify your motor vehicle license agency within 30 days if you’re convicted in another state of any traffic violation (except parking). This applies to any vehicle you were driving at the time
  • Notify your employer if your license is suspended, cancelled, or revoked, or if you are disqualified from driving for any reason
  • You must give your employer information on all driving jobs that you have held for the past 10 years. You must do this when you apply for a commercial driving job
  • No one can drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) without a CDL. A state may fine you up to $5,000 dollars or place you in jail for breaking this law
  • Your employer cannot let you drive a CMV if you have more than one license or if your CDL is suspended or revoked. A court can fine your employer up to $10,000 or place him/her in jail for breaking this law

Kentucky Trucking in the News

Semi-Truck Crashes Prompt a Review of Interstate in Louisville. After several accidents involving semi-trucks on the interstate, the Kentucky Transportation department has begun a review of accident reports on Louisville’s Spaghetti Junction. They will review ramps and roadways where the accidents took place.

  • A ramp was closed for several hours after a truck filled with glue overturned in July.
  • In August, a truck carrying pigs overturned and then caught fire.

Kentucky Transportation will review the crash reports, install new arrow markings on a ramp, and conduct a mechanical analysis of the curves in the downtown area. The new pavement markings will extend from westbound Interstate 64 to southbound Interstate 65 and will take a few weeks to complete. The mechanical analysis and other initiatives do not yet have a timeline (SOURCE).

1 SOURCE SIGN COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(270) 562-0426

284 COUNTY ROAD 1202, 42066
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2162601

1-800-DECLUTTER

Listed in
(859) 547-9000

3333 MADISON PIKE SUITE B-2, 41017
Interstate
2723922

1-800-GOT-JUNK KENTUCKIANA

Listed in
(502) 899-5865

3932 SHELBYVILLE ROAD STE 201, 40207
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1033607

1-800-GOT-JUNKKY

Listed in
(859) 481-2212

405 E MAIN STREET, 40069
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1116069

1043 GISH ROAD

Listed in
(270) 525-9195

1043 GISH ROAD, 42344
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1748033

1081 AUTO SALES

Listed in
(606) 349-4286

4390 COON CREEK RD, 41465
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1248890

119 LUMBER DBA PATRICK HOWARD

Listed in
(606) 654-2052

1474 US HWY 119, 40977
Interstate
2187517

121212

Listed in
(270) 692-0212

309 GERALD ODANIEL ROAD, 40033
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2363614

131998747

Listed in
(270) 247-3121

1364 STATE RT 303, 42066
Interstate
1119666

1590 AUTO

Listed in
(606) 387-4210

2855 BURKESVILLE ROAD, 42602
Interstate
2178679

1965

Listed in
(502) 603-0265

370 CENTERVILLE LANE, 40324
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2644028

1DALE HELTON

Listed in
(606) 205-7582

290 DEERFIELD RD, 40840
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2166053

1ST CALL HOME AND BUSINESS SERVICES

Listed in
(859) 918-1905

411 FROGTOWN RD, 41091
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2482717

1ST CHOICE AEROSPACE INC

Listed in
(859) 283-2264

825 LINDBERGH COURT SUITE 400, 41048
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2098158

1ST CHOICE DRYWALL INC

Listed in
(859) 744-8154

300 VAN OVER WAY, 40391
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1724408

1ST CHOICE INSULATION

Listed in
(502) 964-3503

4018 CONTRACTORS CT, 40213
Interstate
1323614

1ST CHOICE REMODELING LLC

Listed in
(502) 442-9626

10301 DEERING RD, 40272
Interstate
2517531

2 DUDES & A BRONCO

Listed in
(859) 743-6698

1176 APPIAN CROSSING WAY APT 409, 40517
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2112841

2 DUDES & A BRONCO

Listed in
(859) 743-6698

1176 APPIAN CROSSING WAY APT 409, 40517
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2112841

2 DUDES MOVING

Listed in
(859) 743-6698

215 BELL PL, 40508
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2440213

2 DUDES MOVING

Listed in
(859) 743-6698

215 BELL PL, 40508
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2440213

2 GUYS CONCRETE INCORPORATED

Listed in
(270) 799-4602

5596 WOODBURN ALLEN SPRINGS RD, 42104
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2491813

2 JOKER FARMS

Listed in
(270) 831-1523

1725 MADISON STREET, 42420
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1556452

2 VETERAN S LAWN CARE LLC

Listed in
(270) 828-2948

2110 SHUMATE ROAD, 40117
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2454439

2 VETERAN S LAWN CARE LLC

Listed in
(270) 828-2948

2110 SHUMATE ROAD, 40117
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2454439

2-J TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(270) 358-4196

198 STILES FORD RD, 42748
Interstate
1026046

21ST CENTURY PLUMBING & HVAC

Listed in
(502) 223-8752

308 ROUSE AVE STE 2, 40601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1746441

24 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(270) 303-1160

125 STONE CREST AVE, 42101
Interstate
1751960

24M LAWN & LANDSCAPE SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(502) 938-7689

9016 SHEPHERDSVILLE ROAD, 40219
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2264510

26084

Listed in
(270) 469-9529

50 EDGEWOOD DRIVE, 42718
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2456364

26084

Listed in
(270) 469-9529

50 EDGEWOOD DRIVE, 42718
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2456364

2ND CHANCE TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(270) 271-6385

100 MIRANDA ROAD, 42211
Interstate
1840597

2ND LOOK LAWN SERVICE

Listed in
(270) 686-3730

3236 SETTLES RD, 42303
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1147901

2ND TYME TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(270) 843-2759

4440 MAPLE LN, 42101
Interstate
1031212

3 AKERS CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(606) 478-2849

316 SPURLOCK FORK, 41615
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1338454

3 B TRUCKING

Listed in
(606) 528-2761

195 GARDENIA DR, 40701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1212508

3 C FARMS

Listed in
(606) 725-5959

1844 HWY 772, 41425
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1270539

3 D PLUMBING INC

Listed in
(502) 643-1036

8718 PENNSYLVANIA RUN ROAD, 40228
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379336

3 D PLUMBING INC

Listed in
(502) 643-1036

8718 PENNSYLVANIA RUN ROAD, 40228
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379336

3 G’S FARM

Listed in
(606) 348-6965

2200 HIGHWAY 1275 NORTH, 42633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2116586

3 G’S FARM

Listed in
(606) 348-6965

2200 HIGHWAY 1275 NORTH, 42633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2116586

3 J CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(606) 377-9843

518 CHEROKEE CR RD, 41636
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1227832

3 K TRUCKING

Listed in
(606) 495-5288

229 HIGHWAY 976, 41472
Interstate
2201088

3-D VINYL & MORE

Listed in
(270) 685-9071

4411 THRUSTON-DERMONT RD, 42303
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1364273

365 ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(606) 304-7663

735 CAUDILL LN, 40741
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2518191

366 PROCESSING SERVICES INC

Listed in
(606) 875-2486

5115 EAST HIGHWAY 80, 42501
Interstate
2576716

3D CONTRACTING

Listed in
(606) 447-2841

719 SALISBURY BRANCH, 41859
Interstate
2456079

3D CONTRACTING

Listed in
(606) 447-2841

719 SALISBURY BRANCH, 41859
Interstate
2456079

3D EQUIPMENT REPAIR INC

Listed in
(859) 792-3215

749 NINA RIDGE RD, 40444
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1443135

3D FARMS

Listed in
(606) 348-3999

5694 EHWY 92, 42633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2425099

3DFARM S

Listed in
(270) 407-2034

226 ANSEL RD, 42553
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2587812

3H LOGGING

Listed in
(270) 365-6831

2094 OLD WILSON WAREHOUSE RD, 42445
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1548148

3RD BASE DELIVERY LLC

Listed in
(859) 694-3147

1126 CRAFT RD, 41001
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1236614

4 C TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(606) 297-4222

4156 US HWY 460 W, 41256
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2584850

4 C’S ENTERPRISE LLC

Listed in
(270) 338-0227

2119 ST RT 181 N, 42345
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1365940

4 E DRILLING LLC

Listed in
(270) 388-4800

140 COMMERCE STREET, 42038
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1784396

4 E FARMS

Listed in
(606) 348-8775

185 WHY 200, 42633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335852

4 E FARMS

Listed in
(606) 348-8775

185 WHY 200, 42633
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2335852

4 SEASONS ALL OUTDOOR LLC

Listed in
(502) 542-1381

112 KINGSTON DR, 40324
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123678

4 SEASONS ALL OUTDOOR LLC

Listed in
(502) 542-1381

112 KINGSTON DR, 40324
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2123678

4 SON’S FARM

Listed in
(606) 305-0731

4380 W HWY 70, 42567
Interstate
2468949

4-E EXCAVATING

Listed in
(502) 905-9023

3038 FALLEN TIMBER RD, 40070
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1670252

421 GAS N GO INC

Listed in
(606) 573-4112

2322 WEST HWY 72, 40831
Interstate
2386677

431 MOBILE HOME TRANSPORT

Listed in
(270) 820-8078

2751 US HIGHWAY 431 S, 42323
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2362250

44 AUTO MART

Listed in
(502) 543-5012

355 HIGHWAY 44 EAST, 40165
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1616852

4C TRUCKING

Listed in
(606) 748-3021

183 OAKLEY DR, 41041
Interstate
1328542

4M DISTRIBUTING INC

Listed in
(859) 727-8281

3412 TERRACE DR, 41018
Interstate
1941657

4TH & MAIN AUTO SALES

Listed in
(270) 881-1445

100 E 4TH ST, 42240
Interstate
1852609

4TH GENERATION TRANSPORTATION INC

Listed in
(270) 748-8232

3427 STATE ROUTE 80 WEST, 42066
Interstate
1981948

4W DAIRY FARM

Listed in
(270) 726-7079

4596 HALLS STORE RD, 42276
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2186768

5 ALARM LAWN CARE

Listed in
(502) 432-3110

84 STEVEN CT, 40071
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2636605

5 STAR HVAC SUPPLY INC

Listed in
(606) 425-4584

703 CORRELL ST, 42503
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2265541

5 STAR OVERHEAD DOOR

Listed in
(502) 365-1818

9322 PLUMWOOD PL, 40014
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2506057

502 RECOVERY INCORPORATED

Listed in
(502) 715-6150

5504 POPLAR LEVEL RD, 40228
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2275348

5023761821COLONIAL SERVICES S I LLC

Listed in
(502) 245-5388

511 OBYRNE AVE SUITE 203, 40223
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1644773

5K RANCH

Listed in
(859) 236-8714

1312 SOUTH FORK LAKE ROAD, 40437
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1870123

610 BARBECUE & BURGOO TEAM LLC

Listed in
(502) 875-3401

610 BRIAR CLIFF, 40601
Intrastate Hazmat
1773697

641 WELDING

Listed in
(270) 492-8090

702 PHILLIPS DR, 42049-8839
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1655248

7 & 32 AUTO & EQUIPMENT SALES

Listed in
(606) 738-4141

N-7 PO 1439, 41171
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
262802

79 AUTO TRUCK WRECKER SERVICE

Listed in
(270) 547-5477

1676 N HWY 79, 40146
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1468520

84 AUTO REYCLERS

Listed in
(270) 862-3450

12208 SONORA HARDIN SPRINGS RD, 42732
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2197229

84 LUMBER

Listed in
(606) 303-5002

718 NEFF RD, 42539
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2390879

909 TRUCK AND TIRE LLC

Listed in
(606) 309-0362

3262 HAZEL PATCH ROAD, 40729
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2549521

911 FLEET AND FIRE EQUIPMENT

Listed in
(877) 605-2378

11 LENDALE DRIVE, 41042
Interstate
2070139

911 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(270) 963-1907

1139 RAY ROAD, 42445
Interstate
2460681

A & A CONCRETE SAWING

Listed in
(502) 995-7500

5310 PENDLETON ROAD, 40272
Interstate
1133824

A & A DIESEL SERVICE

Listed in
(606) 447-2936

168 JOE HALL CEMT RD, 41862
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1278484

A & A DISPOSAL INC

Listed in
(270) 622-5413

1873 FLEET RD, 42120
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1258012

A & A EXCAVATING

Listed in
(606) 374-6270

171 LAUREL BR RD, 40868
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1323587

A & A LAWNCARE & LANDSCAPING INC

Listed in
(859) 384-0266

6840 POWERLINE DR, 41042
Interstate
1921548

A & A PORTA POTTY’S INC

Listed in
(606) 833-9781

33 ZABRIESZACK LANE, 41121
Interstate
1584152

A & A RECYCLING

Listed in
(270) 765-8775

330 EAST DIXIE AVE, 42701
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2463922

A & A REMODELING & HANDYMAN SERVICE

Listed in
(270) 604-1876

12749 STRT 181 N, 42325
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2140603

A & A SAWMILL & PALLET CO

Listed in
(270) 487-5646

4321 MILL CREEK ROAD, 42167
Interstate
1148682

A & A SERVICES INC

Listed in
(606) 789-4417

65 ARLAND HEIGHTS, 41222
Interstate
1206716

A & A TRANSPORT

Listed in
(606) 776-6209

888 BULLFORK RD, 40351
Interstate
1901713

A & A TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(502) 367-6786

2206 TOP HILL, 40118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1804932

A & A WELD

Listed in
(859) 476-3401

1100 U JACKSTOWN RD, 40311
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2608916

A & B FARMS

Listed in
(606) 849-9066

776 SOUTHLICK ROAD, 41049
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2033482

A & B HAYDEN FARMS

Listed in
(270) 694-3740

848 CR 1127, 42021
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2541891