If you’re seeking a truck driver job in Nevada, then this is your lucky day. Nevada is in the top 5 highest paying states for trucking jobs and the projected increase in trucking jobs from 2014 to 2024 is estimated at 6% for the entire U.S. and 27% for Nevada. So it might be time to get out there and start interviewing!
Nevada Trucking Salary Information
Depending on your family situation, you may want to drive local, regional, or OTR. If you choose local you will probably be home every night and have the same route and customers every day. Regional driving will take you into some of the surrounding states of California, Idaho, Arizona, Oregon, and Utah.
Over-the-Road can open you up for coast to coast driving but you’ll be away from home for days or weeks at a time. If you love to travel and see the world from the bird’s eye view of a driver’s seat, this may be the type of job that appeals to you.
The average salary for a truck driver in Nevada is $49,590 and the average hourly rate is $23.84. Remember these are averages. Your salary is not likely to line up with this unless you’ve had several years of experience.
To provide a better idea, the low end of Nevada trucker salaries is $33,900 while the high end is $65,710. Often the larger salaries are found in the larger cities, but depending on where you live there are probably plenty of opportunities there as well. The highest populated cities in the state (in order) are Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno, and Sunrise Manor.
Most people know what’s in Las Vegas but we’re all bound to secrecy, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Two other must-see places in the state are Lake Tahoe, a large freshwater lake, and the Hoover Dam southeast of Las Vegas.
There are several key industries in Nevada that help create and sustain trucking jobs (SOURCE). They are:
- Agriculture: Usually livestock production. The average size of a Nevada ranch is 3,500 acres.
- Energy: Nevada’s renewable energy has the potential for generating solar, wind, and geothermal power.
- Logistics & Operations: Nevada is a gateway to domestic and global exporting opportunities using multiple modes of transportation – ground, rail, and air.
- Manufacturing: with the above transportation infrastructures in place, Nevada’s manufacturing industry just keeps growing.
- Mining: mineral wealth makes mining the state’s largest export industry.
If you look at median salaries for truck drivers in the U.S. the number is $41,340 while the state of Nevada is $48,990. Here’s where you get an example of the higher pay scale. Individual city median salaries vary slightly. Las Vegas is a bit higher at $47,750 while Reno is slightly under at $47,350. Carson City is below both of them at $45,540.
Nevada CDL License Information and Insights
A Commercial Driver License (CDL) is required to drive a commercial motor vehicle from Class A, B, or C. Visit a CDL office for all commercial license transactions.
A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is a motor vehicle or combination of motor vehicles used in commerce to transport passengers or property. You need to get a CDL if the motor vehicle you drive for work:
- Has a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more inclusive of a towed unit(s) with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds; or
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more; or
- Is designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver; or
- Is of any size and used to transport an amount of hazardous materials that requires placarding.
- You must be at least 21 to get a CDL to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce and to receive endorsements for passengers or hazardous materials.
- You must be at least 25 to receive an endorsement for vehicle combinations over 70 feet in length.
- CDLs issued to applicants age 18 to 20 will contain Restriction R (no passengers or hazmat) and Restriction 2 (intrastate commerce only- within state lines).
How To Apply
- List all states where you’ve held commercial or non-commercial driver’s licenses in the past ten years.
- Self-certify the types of driving you perform and, if needed, submit a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. Your employer may require a physical even if the state doesn’t.
- For the physical, you are required to use a physician listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
- Complete an Application for Commercial Driving Privileges
- Meet Residency & Proof of Identity requirements
You must present Proof of Identity, Social Security Number, and Proof of Residency if you’ve never had commercial driving privileges in Nevada.
Commercial Learner Permits
Nevada issues Commercial Learner Permits (CLPs) that are valid for 180 days. Nevada does not issue “Non-Domiciled” CLPs to residents of other U.S. jurisdictions.
You must obtain a CLP if (SOURCE):
– This is your first Nevada CDL
– You’re upgrading a CDL to a higher class, adding an endorsement, or removing a restriction that requires a skills test and the upgrade requires a skills test
– Your CDL privileges have been invalid for 4 or more years
Nevada Trucking and Transportation in the News
According the Nevada Highway Patrol, “Passenger vehicle drivers cause or contribute to 81 percent of the roadway fatalities involving trucks. Truck drivers cause or contribute to 26 percent of the fatalities.” This just backs up what truck drivers have been saying all along.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers took a ride in the cab of a semi truck to catch car drivers driving dangerously in Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol’s “Badge on Board” campaign was created to cut down on crashes involving commercial vehicles by targeting passenger vehicle drivers. During the day-long operation on the 215 Beltway, troopers handed out more than 70 citations to drivers. Trucks make a great disguise for troopers to catch illegal driving maneuvers.
The Nevada Highway Patrol issued the following reminders to passenger vehicle drivers on how to drive safely while sharing the road with trucks (SOURCE):
- When passing a truck, make sure you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your mirror before changing lanes and maintain a steady speed.
- A truck does not drive like a car. It can take over 500 feet for a fully-loaded truck going 65 mph to come to a complete stop.
- A truck driver has blind spots in front of the cab, on both sides of the rig, and at the rear of the trailer.
- If you’re driving behind a truck and can see the truck’s side mirrors on both sides, you are at a safe distance behind it. If you can’t see the mirrors then you’re too close.