Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Maine

Maine CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

In the uppermost northeast tip of the U.S., Maine is the only state that has one state bordering it. If you don’t have a map handy, that state is New Hampshire. Maine is known for a lot of things: fresh lobster, horror writer Stephen King, fishing, lighthouses, snow, forests, and mountains. The top 5 most populated cities in the state are:

  • Portland
  • Lewiston
  • Bangor
  • South Portland
  • Auburn

Fun fact about Maine, you can be charged a fine for leaving your Christmas decorations up after January 14. Bet there are a lot of people who wished their state had that law as well.

When it comes to transport, the state has a good water transport system and a thriving trucking industry. You’ll find pretty much any type of trucking job in Maine. You could drive for a local company and have the same route each day or at the other end of the spectrum you could be driving across country. It’s really up to you. There are pros and cons to every job, but try to find one that works in tandem with your personality and career goals. The pay for truckers in Maine varies with experience, years on the job, and the type of driving you do, but the average yearly salary is $40,130 and can vary from the low of $26,270 to a high of $59,700.

As for the median salary, it seems to vary according to city. While the overall U.S. median salary is $41,340, Maine’s median salary is a bit disappointing at $37,630 (SOURCE). However, you can see by the salaries listed below that there is quite a bit of fluctuation between individual cities according to that same source:

  • Lewiston/Auburn: $47,140
  • Portsmouth: $43,270
  • Portland: $39,490
  • Bangor: $38,110

Types of Trucking Available in Maine

What’s Dedicated Trucking?
Dedicated trucking jobs are quite the coup among truckers, because you get a reliable and stable schedule. As a dedicated driver, you drive routes for one customer. You could work for a trucking company or a customer of trucking companies, like as a department store, grocery store, manufacturer, and more.

Rather than changing routes and customers every day, you cover the same route for the same people every time you get into your truck. Does this sound boring to you? This job is ideal for people who like to know ahead of time what their day will be.

Someone who enjoys knowing exactly what is expected of them. Companies and the public need truckers like that and depending on your personality you may thrive. For some people, a dedicated route would be mind numbing. Fortunately the industry needs all types of drivers so that’s why it’s important that you find a position that matches your personality, your energy level, and lifestyle.

Typically, dedicated drivers work five days a week and get two days off. You’ll drive the same truck every day, figure out the quickest ways to complete your routes and forge a professional and long-term relationship with your customer.

Maine CDL License Information and Insights

In the state of Maine all CDL applicants (Classes A, B, and C) are required to successfully complete medical examinations prior to taking a general knowledge test and a practical driving exam. Any endorsements will require further testing.

CDL Eligibility in Maine
Applicants are required to submit to both TSA screening and medical testing (SOURCE).

  • All applicants must have a Class D license, a regular driver’s license, for at least two years with no penalties, prior to becoming eligible to apply for a CDL.
  • Health checks are required of applicants all CDL classes, including vision testing and possibly hearing as well.
  • Although not mandatory, it’s advisable for applicants to take training classes to learn how to drive a CMV.
  • CDL testing includes written tests for knowledge and later a practical driving skills test.
  • In Maine, applicants 18 years or older may apply for a CDL, however only 21 and older drivers are allowed to driver interstate. 18- to 20-year-olds must drive intrastate only (within Maine).
  • Only 21-year-olds and older may drive hazardous material vehicles and only with a HAZMAT endorsement.

Proof of Residence

  • All applicants for a CDL must present proof of residence in Maine. Any change of address must be registered with authorities within 30 days.
  • Valid ID is required at application along with your Social Security Number. Both are required to prove your right to work in the U.S.
  • Your Maine driver’s license must be current
  • You need proof of driving insurance
  • You will be required to submit to TSA background screening since only US citizens and permanent residents are eligible to hold a CDL. All applicants must go through TSA screening to ensure good security standing. Fingerprint checks are required for prospective HAZMAT drivers.
  • Once medical tests are completed, you’ll receive a Medical Examination Report Form and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. These 2 items are required to support your CDL application.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of medical tests, the applicant will receive a Federal medical card.

Maine Trucking in the News

Lack of Oxford comma costs Maine company millions in truckers’ overtime dispute. When writing up legal documents it’s best to use the Oxford comma. A dairy company in Maine found that out the hard way. Its truck drivers started a class-action lawsuit about overtime pay and the debate hinged on the necessity of the Oxford comma.

If you’re not sure what the Oxford comma is, it’s the last comma in a list of words. For example, when Bob went to the store he bought oranges, bananas, apples, and kiwi fruit. The last comma before the word “and” is the Oxford comma. In the U.S. especially, rules for using the Oxford comma are pretty lax but in this case proved quite expensive for the dairy company in Portland, Maine.

Here’s the issue – in 2014, three truck drivers sued Oakhurst Dairy, seeking more than four years’ worth of overtime pay that they had been denied. Maine law requires workers to be paid 1.5 times their usual rate for every hour worked after 40 hours, but it does state some exemptions.

The debate over commas is often fairly inconsequential, but this situation was anything but, we’re talking $10 million in overtime due these drivers. The error can be found in the following state law, which says overtime rules do not apply to:
The canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of:
(1) Agricultural produce;
(2) Meat and fish products; and
(3) Perishable foods.
The question is this – Does the law intend to exempt the distribution of the three categories that follow, or does it mean to exempt packing for the shipping or distribution of them?

Delivery drivers distribute perishable foods, but they don’t pack the boxes themselves. Whether the drivers were subject to a law that denied them thousands of dollars a year depended on how the sentence was read.

If there were a comma after “shipment,” it might have been clear that the law exempted the distribution of perishable foods. But the appeals court sided with the drivers, saying the lack of a comma created enough uncertainty to rule in their favor.

Oddly enough, the language used in writing the law followed the guidelines in the Maine Legislative Drafting Manual, which specifically states not to use the Oxford comma. Don’t write “trailers, semitrailers, and pole trailers,” it says — instead, write “trailers, semitrailers and pole trailers.”

The manual does state that caution should be used if an item in the series is modified. Commas, it notes, “are the most misused and misunderstood punctuation marks in legal drafting and, perhaps, the English language.” (SOURCE)

1 ST CHOICE OIL

Listed in
(207) 234-4645

688 HADLEY MILL RD, 4932
Intrastate Hazmat
2086741

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(603) 312-4933

406 HAROLD L DOW HWY UNIT 15, 3903
Interstate
2435433

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(603) 312-4933

406 HAROLD L DOW HWY UNIT 15, 3903
Interstate
2435433

1966

Listed in
(207) 943-4023

11 CLINTON ST, 4463
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2564766

197 US ROUTE 1 LLC

Listed in
(207) 883-5528

197 US ROUTE 1, 4074
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2412873

1982

Listed in
(207) 766-1562

10 TURTLE LN, 4084
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2275065

1ST CHOICE POWER WASHING

Listed in
(207) 632-2839

101 LAKE AVE, 4039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2563515

1ST IMPRESSIONS

Listed in
(207) 852-9439

505 DAVIS ROAD, 4401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158789

2 BOYZ TRUCK-N

Listed in
(207) 521-4521

5 PENNINGTON STREET, 4730
Interstate
2193309

2 BROTHERS ASPHALT SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 604-8846

545 FERRY RD, 4072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2442925

2 BROTHERS ASPHALT SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 604-8846

545 FERRY RD, 4072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2442925

2 BROTHERS TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 227-6942

220 PRESQUE ISLE RD, 4758
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1872952

208 MAIN STREET LLC

Listed in
(207) 364-5827

208 MAIN STEET, 4216
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2173485

26 A STREET LODGING LLC

Listed in
(207) 253-5507

26 A STREET, 4102
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2200976

2SONS CONSTRUCTION &TRANSPORT

Listed in
(207) 592-4578

125 NORTH POND ROAD, 4963
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2558226

2SONS CONSTRUCTION &TRANSPORT

Listed in
(207) 592-4578

125 NORTH POND ROAD, 4963
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2558226

3 D FARM PRODUCTS LLC

Listed in
(207) 400-9674

9 OLD COUNTY ROAD, 4986
Interstate
1890395

3 SISTERS SANITATION

Listed in
(207) 444-6656

3434 AROOSTOOK RD, 4739
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1393479

304 STILLWATER AVENUE FURNITURE

Listed in
(207) 561-9453

304 STILLWATER AVENUE, 4401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2192977

3M TRUCKING & SONS

Listed in
(207) 584-3270

314 MOOSEHILL RD, 4605
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1385884

4 C’S DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(207) 890-9913

79 EASTLAND STREET, 4037
Interstate
1638448

4 CATS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

7 LOUWINE WAY, 4092
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441424

4 CATS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

7 LOUWINE WAY, 4092
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441424

4 GIRLZ TRUCKIN

Listed in
(207) 227-3636

130 FORT RD, 4758
Interstate
1465189

4 GRAND KIDS INC

Listed in
(207) 299-6556

116 SUNNY HOLLOW PLACE, 4401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2461876

4 J FARM LLC

Listed in
(207) 834-3143

155 VIOLETTE SETTLEMENT RD, 4743
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2397683

4 SEASON’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 710-6744

131 CHURCH HILL RD, 4093
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1871607

4 SEASONS AUTOMOTIVE INC

Listed in
(207) 882-9167

734 BOOTHBAY RD, 4556
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2724583

5 STAR FUEL LLC

Listed in
(207) 883-8881

132 BROADTURN RD, 4074
Intrastate Hazmat
2111837

5 STAR FUEL LLC

Listed in
(207) 883-8881

132 BROADTURN RD, 4074
Intrastate Hazmat
2111837

7 C’S

Listed in
(207) 488-6856

21 BEAR TRAP ROAD, 4740
Interstate
2415125

7.00E+11

Listed in
(207) 247-7616

1015 WEST RD, 4087
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2498820

94 STEVENS RD

Listed in
(207) 824-2338

94 STEVENS RD, 4217
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2262111

A & A TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 946-7305

73 ROSE RD, 4236
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1257748

A & B CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(207) 597-2944

262 JEWETT HILL RD, 4221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1007837

A & B EQUIPMENT INC

Listed in
(207) 364-8799

6 MARTIN RD, 04276-4033
Interstate
1029543

A & H PROPERTIES

Listed in
(207) 333-8757

66 PINEWOOD ACRES RD, 4287
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2262024

A & J FIREWOOD

Listed in
(207) 834-4007

49 WILSON SCHOOL RD, 4743
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1664336

A & L CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(207) 764-7574

45 THIRD STREET, 4769
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1173137

A & L ENERGY

Listed in
(207) 338-5001

79 WATERVILLE RD, 4915
Intrastate Hazmat
2442120

A & L ENERGY

Listed in
(207) 338-5001

79 WATERVILLE RD, 4915
Intrastate Hazmat
2442120

A & M CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(207) 456-7003

95 MAIN ST, 4497
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2152656

A & M SAND & GRAVEL LLC

Listed in
(207) 223-4189

172 COLES CORNER RD, 4496
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1698699

A & M TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(207) 457-6044

438 JIM GRANT RD, 4027
Interstate
1076704

A & V ELLIS TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 778-3135

683 KNOWLTON CORNER ROAD, 4938
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1009535

A &J LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(207) 323-7002

360 MASALIN ROAD, 4849
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441009

A &J LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(207) 323-7002

360 MASALIN ROAD, 4849
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2441009

A A ELECTRIC SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 942-9228

116 FREEDOM PARK, 4401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2501685

A B BACKHOE SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 416-3611

327 WAUGAN ROAD, 4265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2455070

A B BACKHOE SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 416-3611

327 WAUGAN ROAD, 4265
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2455070

A B C FUEL

Listed in
(207) 622-3733

22 MAPLE ST, 4330
Intrastate Hazmat
2252995

A B J GENERAL CONTRACTOR INC

Listed in
(207) 588-2499

25 ABJ DRIVE, 4345
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2101936

A C ELECTRIC CORP

Listed in
(207) 784-7341

120 MERROW RD, 4210
Interstate
220212

A C FROST TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(207) 584-5033

463 OLD EASTPORT RD, 4667
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2294218

A CHARTIER TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 592-2144

15 WHITMAN ST, 4257
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2002545

A CURTIS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(207) 263-5101

451 BELYEA ROAD, 4628
Interstate
1781686

A D & W

Listed in
(207) 879-7800

865 SPRING ST, 4092
Interstate
1415375

A D ASHMORE CONSTRUCTION GROUP INC

Listed in
(207) 664-0603

292 THORSEN RD, 4640
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1416256

A D FORESTRY SPECIALIST

Listed in
(207) 474-3353

79 LAKEVIEW DRIVE, 4950
Intrastate Hazmat
1663108

A D POTTLE TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(207) 853-3137

20 BAMAR LN, 4667
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1594815

A D SMITH TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 270-2424

735 NORTH DEXTER ROAD, 4930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1845540

A D ZEMLA INC

Listed in
(207) 671-6155

5 PROVOST DR UNIT 1, 4062
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1127837

A DODD EXCAVATION AND LANDSCAPING

Listed in
(207) 807-3602

21 MERRILL ROAD, 4039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2193594

A E BRAY AND SONS

Listed in
(207) 498-3476

64 FOWLER RD, 4736
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1216745

A G CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(207) 884-8284

8 RAYMOND NELSON LANE, 4456
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1614423

A J LEVESQUE EXCAVATION LLC

Listed in
(207) 576-7727

115 MOUNTAINSIDE DR, 4282
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1581060

A J MARTIN & SON TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 834-3286

147 N PERLEY BROOK ROAD, 4743
Interstate
1903978

A L MURPHY WASTE SYSTEMS INC

Listed in
(207) 693-4100

3 MAPLEWOOD DR, 4055
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2012418

A L S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(207) 731-7823

988 PATTAGUMPUS RD, 4460
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1667576

A LEPAGE AND SONS MASONRY INC

Listed in
(207) 872-9061

852 GARLAND RD, 4901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2561784

A M T WELDING

Listed in
(207) 628-5411

522 NEW PORTLAND HILL RD, 4961
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2404421

A M T WELDING

Listed in
(207) 628-5411

522 NEW PORTLAND HILL RD, 4961
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2404421

A P CONCRETE FLOORS & SITEWORK INC

Listed in
181 LEWISTON RD, 4039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1069332

A PERFECT MOVE

Listed in
(207) 439-0757

240 US ROUTE 1, 3904
Interstate
1913867

A PLUS CONCRETE FLOORS INC

Listed in
(207) 657-4234

181 LEWISTON RD, 4039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1668440

A PLUS SEPTIC SERVICE INC

Listed in
(207) 353-2628

189 BRICK YARD HILL, 4222
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1605708

A R CAIL LANDSCAPING & EXCAVATING

Listed in
(207) 747-6765

1717 FOREST AVE, 4103
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1365901

A R TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(207) 213-4059

646 WEBBER POND ROAD, 4989
Interstate
2420851

A S L EXCAVATING

Listed in
(207) 657-3953

108 BLUEBERRY LANE, 4039
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1659437

A S MADDEN LOGGING INC

Listed in
(207) 827-3338

398 CARDVILLE ROAD, 4418
Interstate
1739411

A STANLEY & SON TRUCKING

Listed in
(207) 943-2793

5936 BENNOCH ROAD, 4453
Interstate
1050899

A T L TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(207) 441-7394

244 OLD KENTS HILL RD, 4355
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2260147

A TO Z ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(207) 282-2971

4 LORD JASON DRIVE, 4005
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2052478

A VOGEL GENERAL CONTRACTORS

Listed in
(207) 525-3579

315 BACK BROOKS ROAD, 4951
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2013002

A W BACHELDER

Listed in
(207) 713-4389

2029 RTE 106, 4263
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1498842

A W PETTEGROW INC

Listed in
(207) 244-5082

135 SEAL COVE RD, 4679
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1257054

A-1 SEAMLESSLESS GUTTERS INC

Listed in
(207) 782-9999

1150 CENTER STREET, 4210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2530393

A-JESUS TRUCK LLC

Listed in
(603) 617-0455

39 OLD ROUTE 4 APT #9, 3901
Interstate
1561217

A-PLUS PARTY RENTAL

Listed in
(207) 883-4472

10 WASHINGTON AVE, 4074
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2498565

A&A AUTO REPAIR

Listed in
(207) 615-3282

1372 MAIN ST, 4927
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2473878

A&D EXCAVATING

Listed in
(207) 337-5095

12 BETHS LANE, 4090
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2726434

A&D LANDSCAPING & CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(207) 577-0533

23 ROCK O DUNDEE, 4270
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2631569

A&D LAWNS & EXCAVATION

Listed in
(207) 590-4152

521 DEERWANDER RD, 4042
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1200453

A&T EARTHWORKS INC

Listed in
(207) 625-7459

58 DURGINTOWN RD, 4041
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1353596

A1 LA USED APPLIANCE INC

Listed in
(207) 241-0270

170 TURNER STREET, 4210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2597051

AARON A ADAMEC

Listed in
(860) 982-7424

1085 WEBBER POND RD, 4989
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1554213

AARON D KERR

Listed in
(207) 341-6300

268 SALISBURY RD, 4924
Interstate
2356551

AARON M COWING

Listed in
(207) 993-2600

1300 BANTON RD, 4354
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1582941

AARON MEADER

Listed in
(207) 779-9036

241 NEW VINEYARD RD, 4938
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2416885

AARON TRIAL

Listed in
(207) 431-2677

38 KINCAID LANE, 4978
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2379534