Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Massachusetts

Massachusetts CDL Truck Driver Salary Information

There is a lot of history in Massachusetts. In Boston, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile long path through the downtown area that passes 16 historic locations. In Charlestown you’ll find the USS Constitution, a historic battleship that President George Washington named after the Constitution of the United States.

Harvard is located in Cambridge and who could forget the witch trials in Salem? Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden while living in the woods in Concord. In addition to the history that permeates the state, the top industries in Massachusetts are restaurants, education, and hospitals.

Massachusetts is #3 on the list of top paying states for truck drivers. Only North Dakota and Alaska are higher. Massachusetts has a high density of people on its land – 867 people per square mile and maybe it’s all that supply and demand that makes for great pay for drivers. There are close to 25,000 drivers in the state and the average annual salary is $49,920. The average hourly rate is $24.00 (SOURCE).

When you look at the median salaries for drivers (median means that exactly 50% of the salaries are higher and 50% are lower), the median salary of the U.S. is $41,340 and for the state of Massachusetts is $48,050 (SOURCE). It gets even better when you break it down by area. The following are all higher than the U.S. median:

  1. Nantucket/Martha’s Vineyard: $52,370
  2. Boston/Cambridge: $50,840
  3. Peabody: $50,520
  4. Worchester: $47,480
  5. Taunton: $46,430

The projected increase in employment percentage for truck drivers in Massachusetts comes in lower 4% than the national projection of 6% according to that same source.

Types of Driver Jobs in Massachusetts

If you’re a new driver your choices may be a bit limited at first. You need to get a couple years of experience before you start looking for a specialized truck driving job. But for now you can plan ahead and learn the different opportunities that exist for truckers in Massachusetts and other states.

Dry Van Drivers
Try saying that three times fast. Most new drivers start as dry van drivers transporting the large single trailer vehicles you see on the highway filled with dry goods and non-perishable items. Most of the time, these jobs don’t require drivers to unload their trucks. Sweet!

Flat Bed Drivers
Flat bed trucks are easy to spot. They’re the literal flat metal frames that carry some type of oversized freight. Flat bed drivers need to know how to tarp and tie down their load securely. Not only for the public’s safety but for their own. Tarps can get slippery in the rain and one misstep can send you tumbling onto the ground. Also think of the accidents that could happen if a shipment became loose and pieces fell off the flat bed as it drove down the highway. Because you have to know what you’re transporting and understand how to properly tie down goods, flat bed drivers often have a higher salary.

Tanker Drivers
Tanker drivers are usually in high demand, as this type of driving requires a great deal of knowledge on how to transport hazardous and flammable liquids. Also these drivers need to be ready to act in case of an emergency. As a tanker truck driver you may transport hazardous or non-hazardous liquids. If you’ll be transporting hazardous liquids remember you need to pass a written test, a background check, and be fingerprinted before you can have the H endorsement added to your CDL.

Refrigerated Freight Drivers
Some freight needs to be kept at a specific temperature. As an example, think about frozen foods, certain medical goods, and meat. Professional drivers that transport refrigerated freight are sometimes called reefer drivers, and no, they’re not transporting frozen weed. These drivers need to know how to set the truck temperature, check the freight on a regular basis, properly store items, and maintain consistent temperatures. Since this job has more responsibility, the salary is usually higher.

Freight Haulers
Freight haulers transport any goods not covered under dry van transportation. Basically it refers to the fact that you’re transporting oversized, liquid, or hazardous goods. Ensure you have the proper endorsement on your CDL if this is the type of job you want.

Massachusetts CDL License Information

You must meet the below requirements to be eligible for a commercial learner’s permit (SOURCE):

  • Be at least 18 years of age to get an intrastate (Massachusetts only) transport CLP
  • Be at least 21 years of age to earn an interstate (all states) transport CLP
  • Have a Class D license that will be valid for the entire length of the commercial permit
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence in the country
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Be a resident of Massachusetts
  • Not hold a driver’s license in another state
  • Be clear of outstanding obligations to any state
  • Meet minimum medical standards for the CDL
  • Pass the CLP general knowledge exam
  • Pass the combination vehicle exam, if applying for a Class A CLP
  • Pass the hazardous material (H) endorsement exam or the passenger (P) endorsement exam, if applying for a Class C CLP

Commercial License Classes

Commercial motor vehicles are divided into 3 classes (Class A, B, and C) based on size, weight, and function. You must have the proper class of CDL to operate the corresponding commercial motor vehicle. In addition to Class A, B, and C, you may also need endorsements on your CDL depending on the type of truck you’ll be driving.
Tests for Classes A, B, and C

  1. General Knowledge Written Exam
  2. Combination Endorsement Written Exam
  3. Road Exam

Endorsements and Type of Exams

  • H – Hazardous Materials – written exam*
  • N – Tank Vehicles – written exam
  • P – Passenger Transport – written and road
  • T – Doubles/Triples – written exam (not in Class B or C) – Allows the customer to pull double or triple trailers. This endorsement is only available for Class A driver’s licenses. However, it is not a requirement for obtaining a Class A license.
  • X – HazMat and Tank Vehicles – written exam
  • L – Air Brakes – written and road
  • S – School Bus – written and road

There are two requirements you must meet before obtaining or renewing a Hazardous Materials Endorsement.

1. Apply for and successfully pass the TSA’s Security Background Check. This is a requirement for all Hazardous Materials Endorsement applicants. It may take approximately 60 days to receive the results.

2. Take and pass the Hazardous Materials Endorsement exam. You can do this at the same time you obtain or renew your CDL.
Call 1 (877) 429-7746 or go to https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ to begin the process.

One more test! You have to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exam. The examination must be conducted by a licensed “medical examiner” listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. A DOT medical examiner’s certificate is generated when you pass the examination. Medical examiner’s certificates (MEC) are valid for 2 years (SOURCE).

Massachusetts Trucking in the News

Massachusetts truck driver loses job after giving Tampa residents plywood. A long-distance truck driver from Massachusetts says he never thought a plywood delivery to a Bay Area Home Depot would cause him to lose his job. Unfortunately that’s what happened after Tim McCrory gave away a truckload of plywood he should have delivered to a Home Depot store but was too late to be loaded onto shelves and sold before Hurricane Irma hit.

McCrory was working for Western Express, a Nashville-based trucking company and had picked up 15 pallets of plywood in South Carolina. He was supposed to deliver the load to the Home Depot but on the way, his truck got a flat tire, and he had to wait seven hours for a replacement so he could drive the rest of the way.

According to McCrory, he arrived at his destination around 9 p.m. but the store had already closed ahead of the storm. McCrory said a manager told him he couldn’t complete the delivery until Tuesday, so McCrory decided to wait out the storm in his vehicle.

Around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, McCrory says an off-duty police officer came by, searching for plywood. The officer told McCrory he had been working to prepare others for the storm and had not had time to secure his own home until then.

McCrory said that’s when he realized there was an urgent need in the area for plywood. Meanwhile, word spread among law-enforcement and first responders – who came in search of plywood. McCrory says they helped off-load his truck and handed plywood out to others in need.

“With the hurricane coming, I couldn’t just sit there and do nothing,” he said. McCrory says he knew he could lose his job, but also knew he could potentially help save lives.

Western Express said McCrory was not fired for his good deed. The company’s CEO, Paul Weick said McCrory left on his own. (We all know what that means.) “I’m glad people got something they needed, but at the same time, you can’t have people give away things that aren’t theirs,” Weick said.

The company doesn’t plan to investigate further since McCrory is no longer employed there and the companies involved are writing off the cost of the plywood. McCrory said 960 pieces of plywood had been given out by 6:30 a.m., helping secure as many as 200 households (SOURCE).

1 PLANET INSULATION LLC

Listed in
(413) 265-9029

36 COMMERCIAL DR, 1036
Interstate
2094383

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(401) 447-6027

297 SOUTH ST, 2762
Interstate
1542183

106 TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(978) 556-5036

9 PHEASANT CROSSING, 1835
Interstate
1778059

1967

Listed in
(508) 997-7388

686 COTTAGE ST, 2740
Interstate
2470703

1ST CHOICE INC

Listed in
(413) 388-5575

249 MAIN ST, 1089
Interstate
2538984

2 FUEL OIL

Listed in
(508) 564-6627

1227 RT 28A, 2534
Intrastate Hazmat
2011631

211 LOWELL STREET CORPORATION

Listed in
(978) 658-8650

211 LOWELL STREET, 1887
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1349184

25 PORTLAND STREET REALTY TRUST

Listed in
(978) 375-7674

30 SPRING HILL ROAD, 1860
Interstate
1238310

2GO BUS & SHOFUR LLC

Listed in
(336) 257-1885

350 HANCOCK STREET 2FL, 2171
Interstate
2150327

4 ACES INC

Listed in
(508) 278-2237

160 IRONSTONE ROAD, 1569
Interstate
1170585

4 BROTHERS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(413) 222-0996

1072 PIPER RD, 1089
Interstate
2036033

4 M FRUIT DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(617) 387-7575

34 MARKET STREET, 2149
Interstate
1131804

4 PRODUCTIONS

Listed in
(774) 568-5400

23 NORFOLK AVENUE, 2375
Interstate
2044989

4 SEASONS TOWING AND RECOVERY INC

Listed in
(978) 362-1515

313R BOSTON RD, 1862
Interstate
1102978

4 SEASONS TOWING AND RECOVERY INC

Listed in
(978) 362-1515

313R BOSTON RD, 1862
Interstate
1102978

4 STAR PRODUCTIONS

Listed in
(968) 343-2693

16 EASTERN AVE, 1453
Interstate
2544531

495 TRUCK AND AUTO RECYCLERS

Listed in
(978) 682-3777

143 MARSTON ST, 1841
Interstate
2279148

4SEASONS CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC

Listed in
(978) 726-1500

87 MARBLE AVE, 1841
Interstate
2725470

4W & W MOVING STORAGE LLC

Listed in
(508) 996-2562

810 S FIRST ST, 02744-1705
Interstate
244451

4W & W MOVING STORAGE LLC

Listed in
(508) 996-2562

810 S FIRST ST, 02744-1705
Interstate
244451

5 STAR TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(413) 233-8259

174 MAIN STREET, 1089
Interstate
2541684

54 FLAVORS SUPPLY

Listed in
(800) 617-9610

525 WOBURN ST # 5, 1876
Interstate
2423112

5L LLC

Listed in
(781) 925-4932

89 KENBERMA ST, 2045
Interstate
1364855

7 MARES TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(978) 744-0033

484 WESTERN AVENUE, 1904
Interstate
2330525

7 MARES TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(978) 744-0033

484 WESTERN AVENUE, 1904
Interstate
2330525

757 CHARTER EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(413) 310-8911

339 SILVER STREET, 1001
Interstate
1398829

88MIKETRANS

Listed in
(774) 501-4939

239 HALL ST, 2767
Interstate
2470160

A & A LIMOUSINE INC

Listed in
(508) 379-9090

8 FILKO AVE UNIT 1, 2777
Interstate
2177470

A & A MOVERS INC

Listed in
(508) 496-9990

200 WOOD ST, 2777
Interstate
2631795

A & D TRUCKING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(508) 922-8780

45 BEACH ST, 1757
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2051144

A & G CENTERLESS GRINDING CO INC

Listed in
(781) 935-5271

15 LINSCOTT RD, 1801
Interstate
2406900

A & G CENTERLESS GRINDING CO INC

Listed in
(781) 935-5271

15 LINSCOTT RD, 1801
Interstate
2406900

A & G INCORPORATED

Listed in
(413) 525-1158

76 GREENWICH ROAD, 1028
Interstate
1861362

A & J DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(508) 884-9602

206 WREN ST, 2718
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1654824

A & K BARREL

Listed in
(781) 933-3329

8 CANNON ROAD, 1801
Interstate
2521736

A & M APPLIANCES

Listed in
(978) 682-3875

44 MAIN STREET, 1845
Interstate
2383119

A & M TOOL & DIE CO INC

Listed in
(508) 764-3241

64 MILL ST, 1550
Interstate
173873

A & M TRUCKING

Listed in
(508) 790-8362

32 SHOREY ROAD, 2601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2464831

A & R TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(978) 580-8875

119 ACADIA AVE, 1440
Interstate
2393438

A & S TRUCKING

Listed in
(616) 458-1763

98 QUINCY AVE, 2026
Interstate
1411983

A & T DELIVERY SERVICE

Listed in
(617) 593-3112

39 MOUNT AUBURN ST, 2472
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1793750

A & T SPECIALTIES INC

Listed in
(978) 423-7207

49 DANTON DRIVE, 1844
Interstate
2080409

A A WILL EQUIPMENT CORP

Listed in
(781) 341-4800

145 ISLAND STREET, 02072-1401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1116595

A AND B DELIVERIES LLC

Listed in
(617) 538-0134

70 VENUS ROAD, 2184
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354467

A AND B DELIVERIES LLC

Listed in
(617) 538-0134

70 VENUS ROAD, 2184
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2354467

A AND M DISPOSAL LLC

Listed in
(978) 274-5681

98 CHARTER RD, 1720
Interstate
2726927

A AND P TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(617) 470-9040

16 PULASKI ST UNIT D, 1082
Interstate
2178102

A BERTOLINO TRUCKING

Listed in
(617) 201-6526

57 PEARL AVE APT 2, 2151
Interstate
1337037

A BLADE OF GRASS LLC

Listed in
(508) 358-4500

129 BOSTON POST RD, 1778
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1408598

A C & H EXPRESS

Listed in
(617) 406-7118

70 MILTON AVE, 2124
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1385229

A C M INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL INC

Listed in
(413) 883-7574

36 RAMAH CIRCLE NORTH STE 104, 1001
Interstate
2190820

A C VALENTI

Listed in
(978) 252-1988

375 HARVARD ST UNIT A, 1453
Interstate
1403753

A CALL WE HAUL

Listed in
(413) 283-5030

1294 SOUTH MAIN STREET, 01069-1888
Interstate
1855357

A CIANO INC

Listed in
(978) 937-0909

66 SILVA LANE, 1826
Interstate
2000007

A CONTI AND SONS CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(978) 374-1067

1088 WEST LOWELL AVE, 1832
Interstate
1240480

A D MAKEPEACE COMPANY

Listed in
(508) 295-1000

158 TIHONET ROAD, 2571
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1196220

A DIMARTINO CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(508) 520-8788

44 COUTU ST, 2038
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1463868

A E OCONNELL TRUCKING

Listed in
(508) 752-5581

393 MAY ST, 1602
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1585493

A E WOOD TRUCKING CORP

Listed in
(781) 293-7890

261 FRANKLIN STREET, 2341
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1657037

A EXECUTIVE LIMOUSINE SERVICE INC

Listed in
(978) 663-9009

55 HIGH ST, 1862
Interstate
1447316

A F AMORELLO AND SONS INC

Listed in
(508) 791-8778

115 SW CUTOFF, 1613
Interstate
2356128

A FORMAL LIMOUSINE INC

Listed in
(508) 676-5466

230 LEEWARD ROAD, 2720
Interstate
1154831

A GRAZIANO INC

Listed in
(781) 843-7300

71 ADAMS ST, 02184-1903
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
206674

A J ANTICO CO INC

Listed in
(508) 357-2002

289 ELM ST SUITE 101, 1752
Interstate
1210364

A J F ENTERPRISES

Listed in
(508) 400-8034

101 BLACKSTONE STREET, 1756
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1385797

A J LETOURNEAU INC

Listed in
(508) 791-4239

524 SOUTHWEST CUTOFF, 1527
Interstate
24488

A J LETOURNEAU INC

Listed in
(508) 791-4239

524 SOUTHWEST CUTOFF, 1527
Interstate
24488

A J SOARES CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(508) 679-5502

55 PROSPECT, 2726
Interstate
1209470

A L INSTALLATIONS INC

Listed in
(781) 933-1528

15 GLENDALE ST, 1970
Interstate
1738014

A LAWN CARE AND SERVICES

Listed in
(774) 276-7246

218 MILLBURY AVE, 1527
Intrastate Hazmat
2359589

A LIMO AFFAIR INC

Listed in
(508) 731-0226

208 MAIN STREET, 1540
Interstate
1389532

A M A TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(978) 667-9133

28 PLANK STREET, 1821
Interstate
233338

A M A TRANSPORTATION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(978) 667-9133

28 PLANK STREET, 1821
Interstate
233338

A MARTIN’S & SON CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(413) 283-9630

679 MOORE STREET, 1056
Interstate
1213594

A O CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(508) 639-9340

41 SWEETLAND AVE, 2703
Interstate
1600069

A O DISTRIBUTORS

Listed in
(617) 388-7131

69 HANCOCK ST, 2125
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1616011

A P REDDINGTON CO INC

Listed in
(508) 776-8050

10 CASTLEWOOD CIRCLE, 02601-2128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1142445

A PLUS AUTO TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(508) 980-4017

34 HALMSTAD ST, 01607-1520
Interstate
1040746

A PLUS COACH

Listed in
(781) 331-4555

201 WHITING ST, 2043
Interstate
1122625

A PLUS SPRAY FOAM INSULATION LLC

Listed in
(617) 755-2431

60 LINCOLN ST, 2155
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2592355

A POLLONE TRUCKING

Listed in
(508) 765-6969

51 PINEDALE ST, 1550
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1255819

A PRIME HANDLING INC

Listed in
(508) 587-6975

210 BODWELL ST, 2322
Interstate
1245973

A PRO ROOTER

Listed in
(781) 849-0229

24 SOUTH STREET, 2343
Interstate
1035191

A R C

Listed in
(978) 575-1557

22 CHESTNUT HILL AVE, 1331
Interstate
1517767

A R DELIVERIES

Listed in
(413) 433-1400

126 UNION ST # 521, 1085
Interstate
2642803

A R E DEMOLITION AND EXCAVATION

Listed in
(508) 636-5399

859 POTOMSKA RD, 2748
Interstate
1514899

A R PLANTE INDUSTRIES LLC

Listed in
(508) 930-2631

14 BERWICK RD, 2375
Interstate
1840227

A R PLANTE LAND CLEARING & EXCAVATION LLC

Listed in
(508) 930-2631

25 SUNRISE DR, 2324
Interstate
2570759

A R SANDRI INC

Listed in
(413) 772-2121

400 CHAPMAN ST, 1301
Interstate
20705

A RELIABLE 1 CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(978) 262-0077

880 BOSTON RD STE 5 SECOND FLOOR, 01821-6200
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1371216

A T V S TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(860) 815-0728

265 SOUTH MAIN ST, 2379
Interstate
2639902

A THOMPSON COMPANY

Listed in
(508) 432-3290

297 MAIN STREET, 2645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1238705

A TO Z TRUCKING

Listed in
(413) 442-5881

40 POTTER MEN RD, 1237
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2428688

A VIERA DISPOSAL & SANITATION INC

Listed in
(888) 598-7274

329 TREMONT ST, 2769
Interstate
1292278

A W BROWN

Listed in
(413) 525-2115

144 SHAKER RD, 1028
Interstate
2560296

A YANKEE LINE INC

Listed in
(617) 268-8890

370 WEST FIRST STREET, 2127
Interstate
189328

A-1 CHAUFFEUR CONNECTION OF NE CORP

Listed in
(781) 961-5700

8 ACORN DRIVE, 2368
Interstate
1414141

A-1 DRILLING & BLASTING COMPANY

Listed in
(508) 779-7737

725 QUAKER HIGHWAY, 1569
Interstate
1842447

A-1 LANDSCAPING & LAWN CARE INC

Listed in
(413) 532-7720

2 CONTI DRIVE, 1075
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2008614

A-1 LUXURY TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(617) 592-3845

40 DUDLEY ST, 2119
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1242925