When someone says, “New York” many of us think about New York City. But there’s a lot more to the state than The Big Apple. Albany is the capital of New York and the state is surrounded by New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Vermont. When you combine the NY/NJ metro you get the highest number of truck drivers in the country. Surprisingly New York State has only 419 people per square mile while New Jersey has 1,208 per square mile.
The five largest cities in the state are:
- New York: 8,175,133
- Buffalo: 261,310
- Rochester: 210,565
- Yonkers: 195,976
- Syracuse: 145,170
If you live in any one of these cities you’ve already got it made. If not, don’t worry. There are plenty of trucking jobs to be had in New York. As a matter of fact, the projected increase in trucking jobs between 2014 and 2024 is 6% nationwide but in New York it’s more than twice that at a healthy 14%.
New York Trucking Salary Information
The average salary for a truck driver in New York is $48,390 with a low salary of $27,170 and a high of $74,570. Your actual salary will depend on the type of work you do, how much experience you have, what types of endorsements are on your CDL, and more.
Median salaries differ, too. For the nation, the median salary for a truck driver is $41,340 and in New York it’s higher coming in at $45,340 (SOURCE). Median salaries for truck drivers vary widely by city:
- NY Metro area: $54,970
- Syracuse: $47,280
- Kingston: $47,170
- Rochester: $42,380
- Buffalo: $41,820
- Albany: $40,530
- Glen Falls: $40,400
- Elmira: $40,320
There are dynamic aspects to consider like cost of living and other factors outside of looking at just the total annual salary amount.
How To Earn You CDL in New York
We wanted to breakdown the steps required to earn your CDL living in the state of New York so you can start your journey today.
1: You need either a regular New York State driver’s license (Class D) or a valid CDL from another state to get started.
Get the CDL driver’s manual online or from a DMV office. Study the sections that apply to the type of CDL you need. The sections you need to study are explained in the manual and will depend on the type of vehicle you’ll be driving and any endorsements you need.
2: Apply for a commercial learner’s permit (CLP) at a DMV office.
You must pass the written test(s) for the CDL that you need. There’s a $10 application fee that allows you to take all written tests (knowledge and endorsements) required for permit and license issuance applied for.
There is an extra $5 fee for any other required tests not taken or not passed at the initial application. There is a fee of $40.00 to take the CDL road skills test. You can pay the road test fee when the DMV office issues your commercial learner permit, or you can pay online. You have to pay the fee before you can schedule your road test. (All fees listed are as of 11/1/17.)
When you apply for an original New York State CDL (Class A, B, or C), you must certify that you did not have a driver’s license in any state or the District of Columbia except New York in the last 10 years. If this is not the case you should report every US state (or the District of Columbia) where you held a driver license in the past decade.
– You must meet the Federal medical examination requirements
– You must prove that your legal presence in the United States
Note: You must provide original documents (not photocopies), and documents submitted as proof of residence must have your current residence address (no P.O. Boxes permitted).
If you aren’t a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (i.e., temporary visitors) your CLP or CDL will have the legend “NON-DOMICILED” printed on documents issued on it. The “TEMPORARY VISITOR” and expiration date of your legal status documentation will be displayed on the CLP and/or CDL document.
If you have an open suspension or revocation, in any state, the New York DMV will reject your application.
3: Prepare for your road test and practice with a supervising driver.
The supervising driver must have a CDL that’s valid to drive the commercial motor vehicle that you use for practice.
4: Schedule your road test.
You can’t schedule an appointment for a date less than 14 days after being issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). If you don’t pass the road test, you have to pay the $40 fee again before you can schedule another road test. Once you pass, your photo CDL will arrive in the mail in 3 to 4 weeks.
If you have another CDL from a different state, to get a New York State CDL, you must apply at a DMV office and surrender your out-of-state CDL. If your out-of-state CDL has a hazardous materials endorsement, you need to pass the hazardous materials knowledge test when you apply for your New York State CDL.
You must provide fingerprints for federal and New York State background checks for criminal violations.
New York Trucking and Transportation in the News
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act states that gun permits would become more like driver’s licenses and that a permit valid in one state would be valid in all American jurisdictions. As you can imagine this is highly contested.
Senator Chuck Schumer (NY) commented on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act saying that a lawmaker in a state “where there are no standards” can effectively set gun policy for a largely populated place like New York City is absurd.
The proposed legislation by the NRA is to prevent travelers from facing felony charges for carrying a gun that they are permitted to carry in another state. New York state has much higher restrictions when it comes to procuring a concealed carry permit compared to other states in the U.S.
New York only grants a permit like this to current or former law enforcement officers, some security guards, and individuals who can demonstrate a fear of danger.
How does this relate to the trucking industry? If a driver is hauling valuable cargo and/or is held up at a truck stop while driving through New York, the restrictive law would mean that driver is disarmed throughout his/her entire trip. Gun control is a hot topic in the country especially since the Las Vegas shooting and that’s why the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has become so controversial (SOURCE).