Mississippi CDL Truck Driver Salary Information
For truck drivers, the news is not much better with a 6% increase in jobs expected by 2024 in the U.S. as a whole, Mississippi will actually have a decrease. However, if drilling becomes legal in the Gulf of Mexico those drivers with tanker experience should be able to do quite well.
If business does not pick up you could always go to one of the surrounding states to find employment. Those states are: Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas. You would do best when it comes to salary if you look for a trucking job in one of the more populated cities:
Median salaries, those that fall exactly in the middle with 50% higher and 50% lower, are better in the larger cities. The median for the U.S. as a whole is $41,340 and MS is $38,090. The best median salary is in Jackson $42,320 and Hattiesburg $37,300 and the Gulfport/Biloxi area comes in at $32,660. The average salary is $40,440 and that number is determined by taking all salaries, adding them together and then dividing by the total number of salaries.
Mississippi CDL License Information and Insights
In Mississippi as in the rest of the country, there are three classes of licenses available for commercial driving – Classes A, B, and C. Class D is the regular driver’s license that all drivers must have.
Mississippi CDL Age Requirements
- You must be at least 17 years of age to drive within state lines (intrastate).
- You must be at least 21 to drive commercial vehicles across state lines (interstate)
- You must be at least 21 to haul hazardous materials
Documentation Requirements when Applying
- A completed, signed application form.
- Your social security card. (Note: metal social security cards are not acceptable.)
- A state issued and certified Birth Certificate. Must be the original long form or a certified copy with a raised seal and issued by the Bureau of Vital Statistics or State Board of Health.
- If you’re at least 17 years of age, you must pass the written and driving skills test. This may be waived if you are over 17 and have held an out of state CDL for at least six (6) months.
- Applicants less than 18 years of age must present an education attendance form obtained from their school or County Superintendent of Education’s Office verifying that the applicant is enrolled in school or has an acceptable alternative. (GED)
H – Transport Hazardous Materials
K – No air brakes
T – Doubles and triple trailers
P – Driving vehicles with 16 passengers, including driver
N –Tank vehicles
X – Combination of hazardous materials and tank vehicle
S – Restricts the driver to school buses transporting pupils to and from school or to school related functions.
Major Industries in Mississippi
Even though some industries in Mississippi prosper, according to Business Insider, the state ranks last among all 50 states in unemployment, average annual wages, and gross domestic product per capita and personal consumption. While this may not be very uplifting, there are a handful of industries that may help create a brighter economic future for the state:
1. The prime industry in Mississippi is agriculture. Almost 30 percent of the state’s labor force works in farming. Because Mississippi’s land mass is largely rural (only 64 people per square mile) farms collectively span 11 million acres. Top crops are cotton, rice, and soybeans.
2. Manufacturing is another leading industry in Mississippi. However, employees in manufacturing are not benefiting from the industry’s increases. The median wage among manufacturing employees is 45 percent lower than the nationwide median wage, 13 percent behind the median wage of manufacturing workers in the other 49 states.
3. Fishing is one of the state’s most reliable industries. Thanks to the Mississippi River to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the south, the state supplies fish to food suppliers throughout the country.
4. Gambling was one of Mississippi’s fastest-growing industries eight years ago, but it is currently in decline. Hitting its apex of $2.9 billion in 2007, revenue has decreased to $2.1 billion. Some companies are closing a few of their locations due to market saturation and less people risking their money by gambling.
5. The state industry with the most potential could be oil and gas if the federal government lifts its ban on oil and gas drilling in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico off Mississippi’s southern coast. The state could see an increase of over 12,000 jobs and more than $240 million in annual revenue within 20 years. Only time will tell.
Mississippi Trucking In The News
These days, more consumers are buying online, which means more trucks are needed to deliver the goods. This change is causing the freighting industry to re-evaluate its model.
According to Mississippi Trucking Association President Hal Miller, “Over the next 30 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation forecasts a 40% increase in the market.” Great news for truck drivers.
The impact is not simply in the future, but has already taken effect. “Our industry has been dealing with a significant shortage,” Miller said. “There’s a shortage of 30,000 to 40,000 personnel nationally.” In only five years the shortage is expected to jump to between 180,000 and 225,000.
Since 75% of products are transported by truck, this will be a significant impact in the way the economy flows if something isn’t done now. The issue isn’t strictly in the amount of goods but also the increase in destinations. In the past, Miller said a truck would be loaded to maximum capacity and drive to Wal-Mart once a week. Now, with the proliferation of companies like Amazon, the goods are being delivered directly to homes. In addition to more deliveries, there’s an inefficiency caused by trucks not being full.
The dilemma is three-fold. To fix it there must be an increase in intermodal transportation, improved recruitment practices, and changes to infrastructure.
Intermodal transportation means products are delivered through different modes of transport: road, rail, air, and water. “The best decision seems to be partnering with rail industries to improve efficiency,” Miller said. “We used to not like each other. Now we have to work together.”
Recruiting good drivers is an integral part of the plan as well. Companies are working to attract more drivers with pay increases, better benefits, and new technologies like anti-collision systems, and ergonomic cabs to improve the quality of driving.
An improvement in infrastructure will make the system flow more smoothly because congestion costs the trucking industry a lot of money every year. It’s estimated that over 996 million hours are wasted while truck drivers are stuck in traffic.
The MDOT’s priority is to ensure that state maintained freight corridors run efficiently to facilitate truck freight movements. MDOT works to ensure maximum flexibility with freight funding by meeting several new federal requirements:
- The FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act compliant statewide freight plan
- Establishment of a freight advisory committee
- Designation of Critical Urban Freight Corridors in coordination with Metropolitan Planning Organizations
- Designation of Critical Rural Freight Corridor
President Donald Trump said that he’d consider a federal hike in the gas tax to fund his own $1 trillion infrastructure package. The federal gas tax has not been increased since 1993.
What about the consumer? Hal Miller said freight costs could increase in the future, but he doesn’t anticipate a drastic change; at least not one the individual consumer is likely to notice (SOURCE).