Louisiana CDL Truck Driver Salary Information
Shipping is a major industry in Louisiana and has helped create a vibrant trucking industry in the state. A variety of trucking jobs are available here: local, regional, and OTR. Depending on what type of job suits your personality, you’ll be able to find a trucking job in Louisiana.
If you want to talk average salary for a truck driver, in Louisiana it’s $40,900 (SOURCE). Since this is an average, you can also take into consideration the highs $60,050 and lows $26,110 and then depending on your experience and any endorsements you may test for, you should be able to pinpoint the range of your salary. While the median salary for Louisiana $38,920 is lower than the median salary for the U.S. $41,340 in many cases, the cost of living in Louisiana tends to be lower. Also, depending on where you are in the state, the median salary can be higher or lower (SOURCE):
- New Orleans: $41,920
- Baton Rouge: $40,840
- Shreveport: $38,420
- Monroe: $38,340
- Lake Charles: $36,040
As with most states in the nation, qualified drivers are in high demand in Louisiana. Companies compete for drivers, and use benefits as incentives to attract drivers to their company. When figuring your salary take into account the price of the benefits you’ll receive. Many offer medical, dental and vision coverage, 401K retirement plans, paid vacation, and some companies even offer signing bonuses. Nice.
Louisiana CDL License Information and Insights
Commercial Learner’s Permit
A Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) must be obtained before you can start your training to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
- The CLP holder must be accompanied by a driver with a valid CDL at all times. The CDL holder must have the proper class and endorsement for operating the vehicle being used to train.
- The CLP holder must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid driver’s license issued by the same jurisdiction as the CLP.
- The CLP holder must wait 14 days after issuance of the CLP before taking the CDL skills test.
- The CDL holder must sit in the front passenger’s seat of the vehicle and be able to observe and supervise the permit holder at all times.
- The CLP holder must possess a valid class “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, or “E” license.
- The applicant must pass all applicable tests and have a current Medical Examiner’s Certificate certifying the driver is physically qualified under the provisions of 49 CFR 391.41. CDL physicals must be performed by a medical examiner certified by the National Registry of Medical Examiners.
The CLP applicant must provide proof that he/she is a resident of the state of Louisiana as per 49 CFR 383.71. Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to the following:
- A Louisiana voter’s registration card
- A Louisiana property tax receipt from the tax assessor’s office, indicating the property owner is the same individual as shown on the exemption certificate.
- A copy of a lease or rental agreement on property within the State of Louisiana, indicating the lessee is the same individual.
- Utility statements with applicant’s current name and address (electric, gas, water, telephone, or cable).
- A statement on letterhead stationery, from the postmaster in the city where the applicant resides verifying the mailing address of the applicant and stating that the applicant receives mail at that address.
- W-2 Forms reflecting the applicant’s name and Louisiana address.
- A current health, home or personal vehicle insurance policy reflecting the name of the applicant and the applicant’s Louisiana address.
- A copy of the current telephone statement listing the physical address and the individual’s name.
Additional things you should note:
- A CLP can only be issued after all applicable tests are passed.
- There are only three CLP endorsements. They are N – Tank, P – Passenger, S – School Bus
Each endorsement indicated above has a corresponding restriction code:
- N – Tank/69 restriction
- P – Passenger/07 restriction
- S – School Bus/07 restriction.
Explanation of CDL Classifications in Louisiana
Class A CDL – Combination Vehicles
Age Requirements for Classes A, B, and C: 18 years or older for intrastate and 21 years or older for interstate.
Class A CDL allows a driver to operate all vehicles within Classes B, C, D, and E, with any appropriate endorsements and any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, provided that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is in excess of 10, 000 pounds.
- If the pulling unit of the combination vehicle is 26,000 pounds or less, a restriction (55 – No 18-wheelers) must be added to the license.
- If vehicle being towed has a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less, it is not taken into consideration.
Class B CDL- Heavy Straight Vehicle
Permits the operation of any vehicle within Classes C, D, and E, with any appropriate endorsements plus any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds. A “straight vehicle” is defined as one that does not bend or have a moveable joint in its frame between the driver’s seat and the cargo or passenger compartment.
Class C CDL – Light Vehicle
Permits the operation of any vehicle within Classes D and E, with any appropriate endorsement(s), plus any single vehicle less than 26,001 pounds GVWR.
This group includes passenger vehicles that transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver, and do not qualify as a Class A or Class B vehicle, and vehicles used to transport placarded amounts of hazardous materials (SOURCE).
Louisiana Trucking in the News
A truck driver performed CPR on fellow trucker in distress. A Louisiana driver has been recognized for helping a fellow trucker who had a health issue.
The Truckload Carriers Association named Chris Lemaire, of Erath, Louisiana, a Highway Angel. Chris is a driver for Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company of Caseyville, Illinois, who’s being recognized for performing CPR on a fellow driver who collapsed.
It happened in February of 2017 when Lemaire was at a Pilot Travel Center in Cartersville, Georgia. Another driver mentioned to him that he felt sweaty and ill. Without hesitation, Lemaire checked the drivers’ blood pressure and advised him to call 911. Before paramedics could arrive, the driver collapsed. Lemaire jumped in to help immediately, propped up the driver’s head, and began performing CPR.
Fortunately for the driver, Lemaire used to work in law enforcement and is currently a certified first responder, so he was in good hands. Paramedics arrived soon after to provide medical care to the collapsed driver.
For his willingness to assist a fellow driver, TCA presented Lemaire with a certificate, truck decals, patches, and lapel pins. Earl L. Henderson Trucking Company also received a certificate acknowledging Chris as a Highway Angel (SOURCE).