Trucking Companies and CDL Information in South Carolina

South Carolina business is booming. Government is the largest business in the state, employing an estimated 19% of the state’s non-farm workforce. Many industries help employ truck drivers, too. The SC automotive industry is third in the nation and home to more than 250 automotive and automotive-related companies including the large BMW plant located in Greer.

There are over 100 aerospace-related companies. Boeing expanded its operations in SC to create a second final assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner. The recycling market is really expanding with more than 500 companies that broker, collect, and transform materials into new products (SOURCE).

South Carolina is also home to the seventh largest container port in the U.S. – the Port of Charleston.
Perhaps The Palmetto State will soon change its name to Hauling Heaven.

South Carolina CDL Truck Driver Salary and Job Growth

The trucking industry is expected to grow 9% between 2014 and 2024 whereas the U.S. growth comes in a bit lower at 6%.

South Carolina is also home to hundreds of years of history. Fort Sumter is another sea port in the state known for two battles during the Civil War. The USS Yorktown is a 5-acre aircraft carrier used by the Navy during WWII.

When you want to kick back and enjoy life there’s Hilton Head Island, Fripp Island, Kiawah Island, Isle of Palms, and more along the SC coast.

The average salary for a truck driver in South Carolina is $41,110 per year and an average $19.76 per hour. The average high salary is $61,110 and the average low is $26,260. Your salary will fall in there somewhere depending on your driving record and experience. Cities with the largest populations are often the best place to find a job. There’s more opportunity. These are the top 5 for SC:

  • Columbia: 129,272
  • Charleston: 120,083
  • North Charleston: 97,471
  • Mount Pleasant: 67,843
  • Rock Hill: 66,154

Median wages vary, too depending on the city:

  1. South Carolina (state median): $38,340
  2. Spartanburg: $41,250
  3. Florence: $41,060
  4. Charleston: $40,540
  5. Greenville: $38,200
  6. Columbia: $37,840
  7. Myrtle Beach: $30,230

South Carolina CDL License Information and Insights

When you apply for a commercial driver’s license (CDL), you need to provide information on any previous driver’s licenses, such as:

  • Your commercial learner’s permit (CLP)
  • If you’re moving from a CLP to a first-time CDL
  • Renewing a CDL or CLP
  • Transferring your out-of-state CLP or CDL to South Carolina
  • Upgrading or downgrading your CDL class or endorsement(s)

Database Checks

The SCDMV will check your driving history in other states looking for any traffic violations you committed over the past ten years using the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) and the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS).

These checks happen whenever you apply for an original CDL, renew a CDL, retest for a CDL, or move from a CLP to a CDL. Your CDL may be suspended or revoked if there are unresolved or disqualifying violations.

You will not be able to hold a commercial driver’s license if you have committed any of the following:

  • Drove a commercial vehicle without a CDL
  • Drove a commercial vehicle without a CDL with you
  • Drove without a required endorsement
  • Drove a commercial vehicle with a revoked, suspended, or canceled CDL
  • Caused a death through the negligent or criminal operation of a commercial vehicle

Medical Examiner’s Certificate

If you’re a commercial driver, you must maintain a medical examiner’s certificate that complies with FMCSA regulations. The medical examiner you use must be a professional listed on the FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

Every time you apply for a CLP, a CDL, upgrade or renew a CDL license, change your address, or order a duplicate CDL, you must submit proof that you are medically qualified to drive. You can fax your certificate to 803-896-2676 or scan and email it to the SCDMV if it’s replaced before you need a new CDL.

Social Security Verification

The SCDMV uses the Social Security Number Verification System to verify your name, date of birth, and social security number against your Social Security Administration (SSA) record. If the information you provide doesn’t match your SSA record, you will need to correct or verify the information with the SSA before we can issue you a CDL (SOURCE).

This will happen whenever:

  • You’re applying for your first commercial learner’s permit (CLP) or CDL.
  • You’re a new resident switching your out-of-state CLP or CDL for an SC CLP or CDL.
  • You’re applying for a change in CDL class A, B, or C.

New Drivers in South Carolina

A little known trucking job that’s ideal for beginning drivers goes by many names – yard truck switcher, yard hostler, yard driver or trailer jockey. To be considered for a yard truck switcher position you need to have a current Class A CDL. Some employers may hire drivers who are working on getting a CDL and those who have recently earned one but have little commercial driving experience.

Operating & Inspecting Equipment
You need to be able to maneuver a semi with a trailer, and able to back the trailer up to dock doors, even when there are other trailers on both sides. Be prepared to perform pre- and post-trip inspections on tractors and trailers.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Sometimes you’ll have to clean out trailers before or after you move them. If you’re working with refrigerated trailers, you should know how to monitor and adjust the temperature for each load’s specific requirements.

Working Conditions
As a yard driver you need to be physically fit since you’ll be climbing in and out of tractors to hook, unhook and inspect trailers. The job is definitely not sitting throughout your shift because you’ll be doing a good deal of walking, lifting, bending and you’ll be exposed to the elements.

Yard drivers usually have a set schedule so you’ll always know when you’ll be working. Because many warehouses and trucking companies are 24/7 operations there are different shifts available (SOURCE).

South Carolina Trucking in the News

In South Carolina almost half of commercial drivers are over 52 years of age and many of the state’s trucking companies have driver shortages. What’s a company to do? The need for more drivers is critical, and the problem is not confined to South Carolina only.

Some incentives to get new drivers include scholarship programs and tuition reimbursement for training. Also an assessment of the state’s technical colleges to ensure there are enough instructors in the CDL courses.

One big way the General Assembly can assist with the issue is by having public agencies use their truck fleets for entry-level jobs for newly licensed CDL drivers. Because government agencies have limited liability, with supervised, in-state drivers who generally don’t travel at top speeds, they could hire these inexperienced drivers and provide them with invaluable skills.

However, insurance can be difficult to get for entry-level CDL drivers due to their lack of experience. It’s the old Catch 22; Drivers can’t get experience, and companies can’t hire them, because they can’t be insured.

The truck driving industry in South Carolina almost always has numerous openings because trucks transport 84% of manufactured freight in the state (SOURCE).

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(864) 640-4215

117 NORTH MAIN STREET STE 2F, 29601
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1521252

10 GC LLC

Listed in
(803) 789-5004

2010 WESTBROOK ROAD, 29712
Interstate
1463056

123 BUILDINGS LLC

Listed in
(864) 723-3680

426 MCALISTER RD, 29697
Interstate
2205592

1970

Listed in
(843) 376-7077

1040 KOON RD, 29063
Interstate
2580224

1981

Listed in
(864) 441-4417

209 JEFFRIES ST, 29379
Interstate
2585472

1ST CHOICE MOVERS

Listed in
(803) 804-5710

3026 CRESTVIEW LANE, 29720
Interstate
2451575

1ST CHOICE MOVERS

Listed in
(803) 804-5710

3026 CRESTVIEW LANE, 29720
Interstate
2451575

1ST CHOICE TRANSPORT

Listed in
(803) 286-5266

1412 AVERY LANE, 29720
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1425698

1ST CLASS CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(864) 224-9448

105 CUTLIFF LANE, 29625
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2129935

1ST CLASS GRADING INC

Listed in
(864) 245-5449

188 CREEKWOOD LANE, 29693
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2431575

1ST CLASS GRADING INC

Listed in
(864) 245-5449

188 CREEKWOOD LANE, 29693
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2431575

1ST CLASS LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(864) 201-1673

627 PIEDMONT GOLF COURSE ROAD, 29673
Interstate
2177488

1ST CLASS TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(843) 601-1817

2717 ALLIGATOR ROAD, 29541
Interstate
1921775

1ST RESPONSE INC

Listed in
(803) 531-6418

191 MISHOE LN, 29118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353396

1ST RESPONSE INC

Listed in
(803) 531-6418

191 MISHOE LN, 29118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2353396

1ST SERVE

Listed in
(803) 684-0079

2287 ARABIAN LANE, 29745
Interstate
1000427

2 BERRY TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(704) 208-4794

4607 CHARLOTTE HWY STE 20, 29710
Interstate
2382292

2 KB TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(843) 226-1758

2332 WAGON BRANCH LOOP, 29936
Interstate
1744782

2 MAN TREE CUTTERS

Listed in
(803) 520-4430

115 WOOD DRIVE, 29073
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2209573

24-7 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(803) 308-0759

247 HODGES DR, 29118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2445952

24-7 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(803) 308-0759

247 HODGES DR, 29118
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2445952

2J PAK TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 492-3259

10666 OLD # 6 HIGHWAY, 29163
Interstate
1342099

2ND CHANCE TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 459-3393

319 COUSAR STREET, 29010
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2477524

3 DREWS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

2736 ATLANTA DRIVE, 29466
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2330669

3 DREWS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

2736 ATLANTA DRIVE, 29466
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2330669

3 G TIMBER HARVESTERS LLC

Listed in
(803) 480-3480

115 VIRGIL WALL ROAD, 29824
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2552712

3 M HAULING

Listed in
(843) 784-3818

161 ELAINE FARM RD, 29927
Interstate
1011513

3 Q LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(864) 517-8956

11 WOODBEND CT, 29662
Interstate
2262532

3 QUEENS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(803) 553-2131

10817 TWO NOTCH RD SUITE B, 29045
Interstate
2447934

3 QUEENS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(803) 553-2131

10817 TWO NOTCH RD SUITE B, 29045
Interstate
2447934

3 STARS TRANSPORT

Listed in
(803) 428-3716

77 HUBB KEILEY RD, 29032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1418794

3-L TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 974-0049

161 CREAM PUFF CIR, 29047
Interstate
1871464

360 SECURITY PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(864) 202-0204

305 TRANTHAM CT, 29349
Interstate
2444610

360 SECURITY PRODUCTS INC

Listed in
(864) 202-0204

305 TRANTHAM CT, 29349
Interstate
2444610

3J’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 553-5909

2501 GREEN HILL RD, 29045
Interstate
2558153

3J’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 553-5909

2501 GREEN HILL RD, 29045
Interstate
2558153

4 D DISTRIBUTING LLC

Listed in
(843) 442-3892

121 N KNIGHTSBRIDGE COURT, 29445
Interstate
2630280

4 J’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(912) 656-2123

404 PARNELL STREET, 29169
Interstate
2587901

4 JL ENTERPRISE LLC

Listed in
(864) 982-9576

114 FRIENDLY ST, 29644
Interstate
2725479

4 M LOGGING INC

Listed in
(843) 221-7467

709 SEABOARD RD, 29510
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2524887

4 N HAULING LLC

Listed in
(803) 259-3583

623 RENSU LANE, 29817
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2544831

4 Z&C

Listed in
(864) 872-9393

6448 GREENPOND RD, 29645
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2089160

41 TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(843) 441-4032

174 GRAHAM HALL N, 29936
Interstate
1529805

4700 EXPRESS

Listed in
(912) 303-9923

8 BARKER CT, 29927
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1598747

48 HOURS TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(405) 283-0698

10 THERESA DR, 29605
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2059941

4G’Z TRUCKING

Listed in
(843) 382-4973

1111 GAUSETOWN RD, 29556
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2496126

4M METALS

Listed in
(843) 208-2433

201 RED OAKS WAY, 29936
Interstate
2185592

5 M TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(843) 622-4488

1972 JORDAN RD, 29718
Interstate
2280325

52 AUTO PARTS AND SALES LLC

Listed in
(843) 201-6117

4980 WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY HWY SOUTH, 29590
Interstate
2122110

52 AUTO PARTS AND SALES LLC

Listed in
(843) 201-6117

4980 WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY HWY SOUTH, 29590
Interstate
2122110

6K TRUCKING

Listed in
(864) 348-7274

5668 HWY 28N, 29620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2133514

747 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(864) 505-4203

100 CHRISTY MARIA LANE, 29673
Interstate
2563089

8435036411COD CONCRETE LLC

Listed in
(843) 280-3333

1015 VEREEN DRIVE, 29566
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1677887

843PARAGON SITEWORK CONSTRUCTORS INC

Listed in
(843) 821-9797

116 C PIDGEON BAY RD, 29483
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1453385

85 TOWING AND RECOVERY LLC

Listed in
(864) 991-8580

1725 CEDAR LANE RD, 29617
Interstate
1076094

A & A HAULING LLC

Listed in
(864) 940-1063

1190 MCCALLA PARK RD, 29659
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1413362

A & A INTERNATIONAL INC

Listed in
(803) 422-2019

190 CHARTER OAK RD, 29072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1675939

A & A SEPTIC TANK SERVICE

Listed in
(843) 546-6789

11230 POWELL ROAD, 29440
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2181643

A & B AUTO REPAIR INC

Listed in
(843) 423-9541

2714 SENATOR GASQUE RD, 29574
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1664004

A & B HAULING

Listed in
(803) 646-1530

18 FURMAN DRIVE, 29803
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1291909

A & D CARRIERS LLC

Listed in
(864) 373-1995

16 TEMPLEWOOD DRIVE, 29611
Interstate
2569450

A & G ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

Listed in
(803) 279-6346

614 BRIGHAM ROAD, 29841
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2147356

A & H LOGGING LLC

Listed in
(803) 564-6375

5076 HOLLOW CREEK RD, 29137-9057
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2161577

A & H SEPTIC TANK

Listed in
(843) 537-4109

567 BECKER ROAD, 29520
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2197501

A & J EXPEDITONS

Listed in
(864) 426-5066

161 SUMMER VALLEY RD, 29321
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2195140

A & J RECYCLING INC

Listed in
(864) 463-6083

501 MT OLIVE RD, 29330
Interstate
1477966

A & J SERVICES

Listed in
(803) 321-3073

52 PARK PLACE, 29108
Interstate
2567535

A & J TRANSPORTING SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(843) 753-2351

820 BOLGER LN, 29436
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2583158

A & K TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 499-4861

5265 BLACK RIVER ROAD, 29128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2188765

A & L CARRIER LLC

Listed in
(864) 884-7444

30 RIVERWOOD CIRCLE, 29617
Interstate
1610432

A & L FREIGHT LINE LLC

Listed in
(864) 310-4222

10 D DUDLEY ROAD, 29376
Interstate
2530986

A & L TRANSPORT

Listed in
(843) 621-0160

445 GENERETTE STREET, 29555
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1658989

A & L TRUCKING

Listed in
(843) 846-6250

37 DASH RD, 29945
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2281224

A & M ELITE TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(864) 325-1593

104 ASHINGTON DRIV, 29680
Interstate
2458814

A & M LOGISTICS LLC

Listed in
(706) 726-6800

157 OAKLAND DR, 29860
Interstate
2510753

A & M TRUCKING

Listed in
(843) 662-5624

3670 W POINTE DRIVE, 29501
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1652358

A & M TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 874-1653

514 BURKE RD, 29135
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1886181

A & M TRUCKING COMPANY OF SC LLC

Listed in
(803) 481-5315

1400 MALONE DR, 29154
Interstate
2049079

A & N TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(843) 869-2423

7812 INDIGO HILL RD, 29438
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1323243

A & P SEALCOATING

Listed in
(864) 303-1098

71 AIRPORT ROAD, 29306
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1787396

A & R SALES

Listed in
(803) 482-5391

601 CHESTER AVE, 29055
Interstate
1089895

A & R SALES

Listed in
(803) 482-5391

601 CHESTER AVE, 29055
Interstate
1089895

A & S TRANSPORTATION LLC

Listed in
(803) 783-3699

121 MT ELON CHURCH ROAD, 29061
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2639362

A & S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(803) 378-2917

27 MERRYBELL LN, 29135
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2158257

A & SONS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(864) 208-5486

263 FRONTVIEW DRIVE, 29349
Interstate
1361184

A & T WILLIAMS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(803) 665-7059

412 FOREST HILLS BLVD, 29127
Interstate
2627647

A & W DELIVERIES

Listed in
(803) 404-7895

137 MAID STONE RD, 29063
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2109893

A & W DELIVERIES

Listed in
(803) 404-7895

137 MAID STONE RD, 29063
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2109893

A & W EQUIPMENT INC

Listed in
(864) 862-3053

111 TELFAIR ST, 29644
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2208842

A & W PLUMBING & BACKHOE SERVICE INC

Listed in
(864) 845-9447

301 LITTLE VALLEY DR, 29673
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2205367

A & W TRANSPORT COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(803) 600-6357

107 AZALEA DR, 29135
Interstate
1514746

A 2 B EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(941) 786-6493

2180 HWY 292, 29349
Interstate
2431674

A 2 B EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(941) 786-6493

2180 HWY 292, 29349
Interstate
2431674

A A PORTABLE BUILDINGS INC

Listed in
(864) 352-6297

8817 HWY 81 SOUTH, 29684
Interstate
1451693

A ADAMS TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(803) 509-1542

1208 MAHONEY RD, 29125
Interstate
1478376

A AND M LOGGING LLC

Listed in
(803) 263-4931

136 FOLGERS LANE, 29113
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2426379

A BACKYARD CREATION LLC

Listed in
(843) 734-0114

3176 HWY 9 EAST, 29566
Interstate
2638702

A BRIGHT IDEA LLC

Listed in
(843) 321-1199

74 JENNINGS RD, 29906
Interstate
2372715

A C E ENVIRONMENTAL INC

Listed in
(864) 947-8100

512 CHEROKEE RD, 29669
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1406920

A C H TRUCKING

Listed in
(803) 543-2218

80 BRIGHTON HILL RD, 29223
Interstate
1817138