Missouri aka The Show Me State borders eight other states: Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The Gateway Arch, a monument to westward expansion, located in St. Louis is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S. at 630 feet tall.
- Kansas City: 459,787
- St. Louis: 319,294
- Springfield: 159,498
- Independence: 116,830
- Columbia: 108,500
Being such a landmark to western expansion should make it be not that surprising how many trucking routes will end up going through the state of Missouri.
Missouri Trucking Salary Information
These cities are usually the best places to look for a truck driver job. There are far more possibilities. The median salary for a truck driver in the U.S. is $41,340 and in Missouri the median is $41,090, which is right in line. However, if you get a position in one of the following cities, you can make a good deal more. Median salaries are:
- $45,260 in St. Louis
- $43,810 in St. Joseph
- $43,690 in Kansas City
- $42,230 in Springfield
As far as future growth estimates show that between 2014 and 2024 in increase in trucker jobs across the U.S. is expected to be 6%. Projections for Missouri are 2%; a good bit lower but still an increase.
Popular Industries Related to Trucking Missouri
Missouri has the 3rd most diverse economy, a low cost of living, and it’s home to a highly skilled and educated workforce. Following are some of the most productive industries in Missouri. Several of these companies use truck drivers. See where you might fit in as a CDL driver.
With investments by Ford and GM, the automotive industry is booming in Missouri. Here’s where a position as a car hauler could be very attainable. Some of America’s top vehicles are assembled here.
Missouri has the largest concentration of animal health research and food companies as well as the most plant scientists per capita.
Missouri’s high-tech environment, natural resources, and central location make it more affordable and efficient.
These days manufacturing plants require tech platforms and solutions, precision tools and equipment, and a workforce with the cutting edge skills to run it. Missouri’s got that and more.
Financial and Professional Services
Missouri is the only state with two Federal Reserve Banks (Kansas City and St. Louis). It’s also has AAA rating from all three rating agencies meaning it’s a stable business environment.
Health Sciences and Services
Missouri is one of the nation’s leaders in electronic healthcare management. Educational institutions in this state spur innovation and train some of the best minds in medicine.
Missouri has some of the fastest growing tech companies as well as the talent and tools to help grow these tech companies on a global scale.
Transportation and Logistics
Missouri is perfect for intermodal transportation with the 6th best highway system, the largest waterway system, 99 airports, and two of the largest rail terminals with access from coast to coast. Missouri’s central location, proximity to major manufacturers, and low gas taxes help make this state an ideal place to become a truck driver.
Missouri CDL License Information and Insights
We wanted to supply a detailed breakdown of what it would take to earn your CDL license in the state of Missouri. It should be noted that our insights around the license are based on current information (May 2018) but regulations can change regularly. We encourage you to go directly to their website to insure your information is up to date and correct.
- Applicants for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) must have a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) for at least two weeks before completing the skills testing for a full CDL.
- The initial CLP will be valid for a period of 180 days. Drivers can renew the CLP once for an extra 180-day period. After one renewal term, the applicant must complete all required knowledge testing to obtain a new CLP.
- An out-of-state CLP cannot be transferred for a Missouri CLP. Applicants who are Missouri residents must get a Missouri based license, retake applicable commercial knowledge tests, and then receive a Missouri CLP.
- Applicants must have a Missouri based driver’s license before they can receive a Missouri CLP. A new statement will appear on the face of the CLP, “Invalid unless accompanied by a valid MO Driver License.”
- The Department must have the ability to receive and transmit commercial skills test results electronically from or to other jurisdictions. The Department will use secure encrypted e-mail to meet this requirement.
- The S-School Bus Endorsement is now allowed on the CLP.
- Federal regulation 49 CFR 383.73 requires at least two people to process and verify CLP and CDL applications and supporting documents.
- Federal regulation 49 CFR 383.73 requires CDL and CLP applicants to provide proof of citizenship or permanent residency as defined in 49 CFR 33.71 for the first time after implementation of the CDL permit rule, provided a notation is made on the driver’s record confirming the required verification was completed. Once the Department completes this document re-verification for U.S. citizens applying for a commercial document and posts the verification date to the driver’s record, the applicant will not be required to show their lawful status verification document on subsequent transactions.
Commercial Driver’s Driving History
A commercial driver’s driving history travels with the driver when he or she moves from one state to another. A driver’s history, before coming to Missouri, is shown on the Missouri driving record under “Informational Driving History.”
If there are serious or disqualifying traffic offenses in the informational driving history and additional offenses are committed while licensed as a Missouri driver, all offenses in the informational driving history and the current offenses are evaluated to decide if the commercial driving privilege should be disqualified. SOURCE
Missouri Trucking Related News
The Missouri Trucking Association invited 180 drivers from across the state to compete in its annual Missouri Truck Driving Championships. The event was held at the convention center in Branson.
Hogan Transports driver Bruce Brewen, of Valles Mines, won the coveted grand champion title. He had the highest point gap above the average within his class, 5-Axle. Brewen and eight other class winners went on to represent Missouri at the American Trucking Association’s National Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, Florida. (SOURCE)