The state of Pennsylvania shares borders with several other northeastern states including: Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. The historic Liberty Bell is located in Philadelphia and Philadelphia is also the location of the first stock exchange in the United States in 1790.
Pennsylvania is an ideal place to work, live, and raise a family. If you already have a job as a trucker or are just starting your career, congratulations you’re in the right place.
Pennsylvania Trucking Salary Information and Job Growth
Pennsylvania ranks third in truck driving jobs with an estimated 78,320 drivers currently employed. And even better, the projected increase of trucking jobs between 2014 and 2024 is expected to be 6% for the U.S. and Pennsylvania doubles that number with a 12% increase (SOURCE).
Salaries can be measured by average (the $ sum of all salaries divided by the number of salaries) and by median (exactly in the middle – 50% are higher, 50% are lower). The average salary in Pennsylvania is $45,270 and the median is $43,470. However, if you break down the median salary by city you can see where the higher salaries are:
- Reading: $48,170
- Harrisburg: $45,400
- Johnstown: $44,830
- Allentown: $43,840
- York: $43,790
- State College: $43,550
- Scranton: $43,340
- Pittsburgh: $43,220
Keep in mind that your actual salary will be different depending on the number of years you’ve been driving, your driving record, the endorsements on your CDL, and more.
Interestingly enough, it seems the larger salaries are coming from smaller towns in this state as the top five most populated cities are:
- Philadelphia: 1,526,006
- Pittsburgh: 305,704
- Allentown: 118,032
- Erie: 101,786
- Reading: 88,082
The largest city, Philadelphia, doesn’t even show up in the list which means the median salary there is less than Pittsburgh at $43,220 (SOURCE).
CDL License Requirements in Pennsylvania
All new CDL applicants and current holders required to renew or make any changes or upgrades to their CDL must do so in person. The FMCSA requires license holders to prove citizenship or legal presence in the form of:
– A U.S. birth certificate with raised seal*
– A valid passport, or
– Naturalization documents or current immigration documents
*Please note that non-U.S. birth certificates will not be accepted.
Proof of citizenship or legal presence only needs to be done once. A notation will be made on the customer’s record confirming the verification and the date it was made. Once PennDOT receives the date of proof, commercial applications may be sent through mail service channel.
Residency documents are required initially, at renewal and anytime an address change occurs. Proof of residency can include:
- Tax records
- Lease agreements
- Mortgage documents
- A W-2 Form
- Current weapons permit
- Current utility bills
- Valid Pennsylvania license
Any Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) is valid for 180 days. If the permit expires or was renewed once and needs to be renewed again, you must pass all knowledge tests again.
A CLP will not be issued to anyone who doesn’t have a valid driver’s license. Individuals will be required to obtain a non-commercial driver’s license prior to applying for a CLP (SOURCE).
Road Tests and Other Qualifications
Once a driver passes the written knowledge tests and has his/her CLP for two weeks, the three road tests can be scheduled. Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Skills, and Road Test.
Commercial Driver’s License classifications, endorsements, and restrictions apply to both license and permit holders. The following codes are used to describe CLP and CDL endorsements only:
H – driver may operate a placarded vehicle to transport hazardous materials
N – driver may operate tank vehicles
P – authorizes driving vehicles with 16 or more passengers (including driver)
S – may operate a school bus
T – Class A driver can pull double and triple trailers
X – a combination of hazardous materials and tank vehicle endorsements.
- A – restricts driver to driving under 49 CFR § 391.62(c) (limited exemptions for
intra-city zone drivers)
- E – prohibits driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) that has a manual transmission
- G – indicates qualification under 49 CFR § 391.62(e)
- K – restricts driver to intrastate driving
- L – prohibits driving a CMV with air brakes
- M* – prohibits driving a class A passenger vehicle. (formerly a “B” restriction)
- N* – prohibits driving a class A or B passenger vehicle. (formerly a “C” restriction)
- O – prohibits a Class A driver from driving a truck tractor-trailer combination.
- P – for CLP only – prohibits driving a CMV bus containing passengers
- Q – requires the driver to wear corrective lenses.
- V – indicates that the driver has been issued a medical variance
- X – for CLP only – no cargo in tank vehicles
- Y – requires the driver to wear a hearing aid
- Z – Prohibits driving a commercial motor vehicle with full air brakes
Pennsylvania Trucking News
Donald Trump addressed an invitation-only group of almost 1,000 truckers outside Harrisburg, PA. He stood in front of a tractor-trailer decked out in a banner that read “WIN AGAIN” and “Truckers for Tax Reform.”
“It’s great to be back in Pennsylvania with the men and women of the American Trucking Associations,” Trump said at the start of his speech. “We love Pennsylvania, and we love our great truckers.”
The president told the crowd that his tax reform plan, currently a work in progress, would bring about “lower taxes, bigger paychecks, and more jobs for American truckers and American workers. “It’s putting America’s truckers first,” Trump said.
But not really since the independent Tax Policy Center’s analysis of the plan determined that it would cost the federal budget $2.4 trillion over 10 years, and you guessed it – benefit the richest 1% of Americans more than any other income group.
Over time it would also increase the tax burden on about 28 percent of middle-class workers. Of course Trump dismissed those findings during his speech (SOURCE).