Trucking Companies and CDL Information in South Dakota

South Dakota is a sparsely populated state (only 11 people per square mile) that borders: Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wyoming. This state is home to Mount Rushmore the mammoth mountainside sculpture depicting four former United States presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt.
In the city of Crazy Horse is the Crazy Horse Memorial Monument in honor of the Lakota leader of the same name. The sculpture is awe-inspiring. Both of these tributes are big tourist sites.

Most of the state’s population lives in eastern South Dakota where the soil is fertile enough to grow a variety of crops. Heading west, ranching is the predominant activity, along with tourism and defense spending. Many Native American reservations are in West River. The Black Hills are sacred mountains to the Sioux.

South Dakota’s yearly climate has four distinct seasons, while precipitation ranges from moderate in the east to semi-arid in the west.

The most populated cities in South Dakota are:

  1. Sioux Falls: 153,888
  2. Rapid City: 67,956
  3. Aberdeen: 26,091
  4. Brookings: 22,056
  5. Watertown: 21,482

South Dakota CDL Truck Driver Salary and Job Growth

Trucking jobs are fairly prevalent in South Dakota and will continue to be as projected growth from 2014 to 2024 is 9% while U.S. growth is estimated at 6%. Salaries are not quite as impressive as other parts of the country, but keep in mind your salary will be different depending on your knowledge, experience, and any endorsements you have.

The average yearly salary for a truck driver is $40,090. The range of salaries goes from the low of $28,100 to a high of $56,960. If you’re an owner-operator and charge by the hour, $19.27 is the average hourly rate, so start out asking for much higher.

The median numbers look much better when you break them down by city – or at least these cities (SOURCE):

  1. Sioux City: $40,240
  2. Sioux Falls: $39,000
  3. Rapid City: $38,420

Median rates are a bit different as they are figured differently. Average is figured by adding a column of salaries then dividing by the number of salaries you just added. To determine the median you look at all salaries and find the one exactly in the middle with 50% higher and 50% lower. The median salary for the entire U.S. is $41,340 while South Dakota is less at $37,840.

Applying For A CDL In South Dakota

You need a South Dakota Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) if you’re operating a vehicle:

  • With a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of more than 26,000 pounds or any such vehicle towing a trailer with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more (Class A)
  • Designed to transport 16 or more people (including the driver) (Class B)
  • Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as a select agent or toxin in 49 CFR Part 73 (Class C)

First, you need to apply for and receive, your South Dakota CDL or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). In order to do that you need:

  • A valid South Dakota Driver’s License: If your driver’s license or ID card doesn’t have a gold star in the upper right corner, you need to bring your social security card, W-2, 1099, or a paystub showing your social security number.
  • Two documents that prove your residential/physical address. Documents must show your name, address, and be less than one year old. A few examples are: utility bill, paystub, phone bill, bank statement, homeowner’s policy, and tax document.
  • New applicants, non-U.S. citizens and transfers from other states must show proof of lawful status in the U.S. Examples are: certified U.S. birth certificate, certificate of citizenship/naturalization, permanent resident card, U.S. passport, employment authorization card or a foreign passport with U.S. visa/I-94.
  • If you were born in a U.S. territory (i.e. Guam, American Samoa, etc.) you’ll need to provide a U.S. passport, passport card, or Consular Report of Birth Abroad instead of a birth certificate.
  • A completed license application form
  • A completed medical certificate form (if applicable)
  • Payment for the application fee and any endorsement tests you need to take.

After you’ve passed the written portion of the test(s) and have had your CLP for at least 2 weeks, you can take the CDL driving skills test at a third party testing site. Your driving skills test must be scheduled at least two business days in advance.

No testing is required to transfer a valid CDL from another state unless you’re applying for a hazardous materials endorsement.

Military Personnel

If you have recent experience driving large military vehicles, you may be eligible to get a CDL without a driving skills test by completing a military waiver. You will still need to take the written knowledge tests, however.

Endorsements Available For Truckers in South Dakota

Double & Triple Trailers (T)
If you’re qualified to drive Class A vehicles you might want or need to pull double or triple trailers. You need a fairly sizeable amount of additional knowledge and skill to do this job safely in all types of traffic conditions and environments. Therefore, there is an endorsement test that must be passed in order to pull multiple trailers.

Passengers Endorsement (P)
Endorsement P is necessary to drive a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more passengers including the driver (usually buses or vans). You must pass a knowledge exam on safety considerations and pass a skills test in a passenger vehicle. This endorsement applies to applicants who want to drive a bus in any class.

Tank Vehicle Endorsement (N)
Drivers of vehicles used to haul liquids or gaseous materials in permanent tanks need specialized knowledge and skills to drive safely. Large amounts of liquids can cause driving control problems because the cargo is heavy, prone to shifting, and has a high center of gravity. You must pass the special knowledge examination on the problems posed by large volume liquid cargo.

Hazardous Materials Endorsement (H)
This endorsement applies to any driver, regardless of the class of vehicle (A, B or C), who will haul hazardous materials or waste in amounts large enough to require placards. You must be 21 years of age or older and pass a written exam on how to recognize, handle, and transport hazardous materials. In addition to the endorsement test, you’ll be fingerprinted and need to complete a federal background check.

Combination Hazardous Materials & Tank Vehicle Endorsement (X)
If you’ll be driving a tank vehicle with hazardous materials or hazardous waste you can add an X endorsement to your CDL. This way you don’t have to get the N & H endorsements separately but you will need to pass the written knowledge exams for both tank vehicles and hazardous materials. And just like with the H endorsement, a background check is required (SOURCE).

South Dakota Trucking Related News

A semi-truck tractor hauling two trailers filled with wheat crashed into a freight train at a crossing in Blunt, South Dakota. The driver, Colt Brink, 16, was taken away by ambulance to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital and was treated for his injuries.

Two men who came on the scene gave aid to Brink and pulled him out of the mangled cab before a fire engulfed it. Traffic was detoured for hours around Blunt because of the crash. At 9:15 p.m. that evening crews were still cleaning up grain and debris from the highway and railroad crossing.

The truck’s cab was so damaged it was difficult to recognize what make of truck it was. Most, if not all, of the 800 bushels of wheat from the front semi-trailer was piled on the highway. The second semi-trailer remained mostly intact with its load of wheat, upright and partly in the south ditch.

The truck had come from the west, down a long hill from the cemetery, it knocked the locomotive off the rails but not off the track bed, and the train moved about 50 feet or more after the collision.

There are no crossing arms or barriers at the crossing, just the “cross-buck” railroad signs with red lights that flash when a train is approaching. While it’s possible to see the red lights flashing from a distance, the long hill can make it hard to stop a loaded semi-tractor-and-trailer rig at the crossing.

Trucks hauling fuel or other flammable loads, and school buses must stop at the crossing (SOURCE).

18 WHEELER TRUCK & TRAILER SALES INC

Listed in
(605) 737-7861

3161 BEALE ST, 57703
Interstate
1215416

1ST IMPRESSIONS SWEEPING & LOT MAINTENANCE LLC

Listed in
(605) 381-9220

4257 PENROSE PLACE, 57702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1879028

24308512

Listed in
(605) 375-3255

12600 US HWY 85, 57720
Interstate
21219

24308512

Listed in
(605) 375-3255

12600 US HWY 85, 57720
Interstate
21219

281 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(605) 450-0644

17531 US HWY 281, 57469
Interstate
1843825

3 B FARMS

Listed in
(605) 765-9703

30831 US HWY 212, 57442
Interstate
1655668

3 C OF BROOKINGS COUNTY INC

Listed in
(605) 832-3851

48081 196TH ST, 57213
Interstate
1055217

310065MUSIVEND ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(605) 334-6090

1800 WEST 50TH STREET, 57105
Interstate
1081265

4 BAR TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(605) 352-0602

20544 407TH AVE, 57350
Interstate
2254090

4J TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 957-4608

30028 469TH AVE, 57004
Interstate
2440517

4J TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 957-4608

30028 469TH AVE, 57004
Interstate
2440517

4T CATTLE TED SOUVIGNIER

Listed in
(605) 660-3962

803 E 2ND STR, 57013
Interstate
2543376

7122518236

Listed in
(605) 966-5350

48247 SD 105, 57038
Interstate
2408005

7122518236

Listed in
(605) 966-5350

48247 SD 105, 57038
Interstate
2408005

8 SECOND EXPRESS

Listed in
(605) 484-1950

102 2ND ST, 57738
Interstate
1004743

A & B FARMS INC

Listed in
(605) 326-5710

45515 288TH ST, 57070-6409
Interstate
1368187

A & B WELDING SUPPLY CO

Listed in
(605) 343-5365

914 E CHICAGO ST, 57701-1740
Interstate
119479

A & L CONTRACTORS LLC

Listed in
(605) 642-3305

3122 EAST FAIRGROUND LOOP, 57783-6049
Interstate
2205989

A & S EXPRESS

Listed in
(502) 291-5724

1209 WEST 23RD ST, 57105
Interstate
2011791

A & S TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 228-8130

40038 JAMES ROAD, 57445
Interstate
1018929

A 1 DRILLING & BLASTING INC

Listed in
(605) 578-1991

12043 COYOTE RIDGE ROAD, 57732
Interstate
1689400

A BAR K

Listed in
(605) 594-6321

25432 478TH AVE, 57030
Interstate
1443999

A J OMARA GROUP LLC

Listed in
(605) 242-4742

36 DEER RUN CIRCLE, 57049
Interstate
2489415

A J S RYPAIRS

Listed in
(605) 347-5480

13082 CATTAIL PL, 57785
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1002739

A-1 PORTABLE TOILETS

Listed in
(605) 335-0055

46204 261ST STREET, 57033
Interstate
1548331

A-1 SEWER AND DRAIN INCORPORATED

Listed in
(605) 388-0889

22497 ELK VALE RD, 57701
Interstate
1878025

A-G-E CORPORATION

Listed in
(605) 223-2732

704 WEST HWY 14 & 34, 57532
Interstate
205106

A-MODEL EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(605) 665-0909

706 BILL BAGGS ROAD, 57078
Interstate
1185421

A&A EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(605) 582-2402

1015 9TH AVENUE NORTH, 57005
Interstate
124871

A&G FARMS

Listed in
(605) 326-5520

45352 291 ST, 57070
Interstate
2479830

A&H TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 251-3971

7909 W WILSON DRIVE, 57106
Interstate
2590384

A3XPRESS TRANS CO

Listed in
(915) 355-9989

514 AMERICAS WAY #8092, 57719
Interstate
2041367

AABERGE TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(605) 490-3998

1905 SUNSET ST, 57785
Interstate
2389518

AAMOT TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(605) 957-4238

47323 292ND ST, 57004
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
135364

AARON HOUGH

Listed in
(605) 583-2987

29860 425TH AVE, 57059
Interstate
1708357

AARON MICHAEL DAHL

Listed in
(605) 881-3632

47142 188TH ST, 57234
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2377284

AARON SHOCKEY

Listed in
(605) 642-5981

10698 NORTHERN HILLS LANE, 57783
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1473432

ABBAS TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 310-1453

47605 285TH ST, 57013
Interstate
1830955

ABC ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(605) 642-4716

345 INDUSTRIAL DR, 57783-3228
Interstate
215071

ABC RENTALS

Listed in
(605) 331-3644

1701 W 12TH ST, 57104
Interstate
1663736

ABC SEAMLESS OF RAPID CITY

Listed in
2091 B RAND ROAD, 57702
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1064454

ABERDEEN HEALTHCARE

Listed in
(605) 225-7315

1700 NORTH HIGHWAY 281, 57401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2332048

ABERDEEN HEALTHCARE

Listed in
(605) 225-7315

1700 NORTH HIGHWAY 281, 57401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2332048

ABRAHAMSON TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 351-2507

28724 483RD AVE, 57013
Interstate
2149463

ABS TRAVEL GROUP INC

Listed in
(605) 791-2520

945 ENCHANTMENT ROAD, 57701
Interstate
1864096

ACE SOLUTIONS

Listed in
(605) 374-4133

3108 1ST AVE E, 57638
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2150188

ACME PALLET INC

Listed in
(605) 348-8638

4700 N I-90 SERVICE ROAD, 57701
Interstate
2256195

ACORN TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 431-3073

20412 OYSTER MOUNTAIN LANE, 57793
Interstate
1214607

ACTIVE HEATING INC

Listed in
(605) 882-2663

115 N MAPLE, 57201
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1740058

ADAM NELSON FARMS

Listed in
(605) 267-4731

006 OHIO STREET, 57073
Interstate
1550535

ADAMS FARMS

Listed in
(605) 310-7875

29533 476TH AVE, 57004
Interstate
1627680

ADAMS-ISC LLC

Listed in
(605) 342-3275

2090 DEADWOOD AVE, 57702
Interstate
1911561

ADCO OF SOUTH DAKOTA LTD

Listed in
(605) 362-9415

4609 WEST 38TH ST, 57106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1099006

ADCO OF SOUTH DAKOTA LTD

Listed in
(605) 362-9415

4609 WEST 38TH ST, 57106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1099006

ADEE HONEY FARMS

Listed in
(605) 627-5621

517 JAY STREET, 57220
Interstate
253676

ADRIAN & MICHAEL HANSON

Listed in
(605) 543-5452

47071 253RD ST, 57003-5833
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1015916

ADVANCED POLY COATINGS & LINERS

Listed in
(605) 393-2079

23075 RADAR HILL ROAD, 57703
Interstate
1565614

ADVANCED RANGE MANAGEMENT SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(605) 391-9140

1421 CHERRY AVE LOT 45, 57701
Interstate
2154864

ADVANTAGE AG SUPPLY LLC

Listed in
(605) 928-3924

106 EAST MAPLE ST, 57366
Interstate
1557269

AFFORDABLE MOVING LLC

Listed in
(605) 213-3663

605 ROSEWOOD DR, 57032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2533619

AG SYSTEMS WEST

Listed in
(515) 338-0359

609 WEST 9TH STREET, 57580
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2100857

AG USE

Listed in
(605) 996-8708

41834 246TH STREET, 57340
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1745541

AGAN DRYWALL SUPPLY RAPID CITY INC

Listed in
(605) 341-6210

2444 EMERSON LANE, 57701
Interstate
1637522

AGLAND COOP

Listed in
(605) 928-3381

115 S FIRST, 57366
Interstate
191812

AGRI PARTNERS INC

Listed in
(605) 874-2550

47453 SD HWY 22, 57226
Interstate
1887457

AGRICARE NUTRITION LLC

Listed in
(605) 334-6723

1801 N CLIFF AVE, 57103
Interstate
2280524

AHS TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 728-7404

2609 S LILLIAN AVE, 57106
Interstate
2723409

AJ TOWER SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(605) 660-1789

1222 PASQUE CIR, 57078
Interstate
1453904

AJAR FAMILY FARM LLC

Listed in
(605) 738-2155

503 E WOLD, 57270
Interstate
2511764

AKER WOODS COMPANY

Listed in
(605) 390-6515

14347 MAHAFFEY DR, 57769
Interstate
2368294

AL SHAR HOLSTEINS INC

Listed in
(605) 380-8193

12897 407TH AVE, 57445-5503
Interstate
1398584

AL’S TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(605) 214-5686

46553 SD HWY 44, 57039
Interstate
170307

ALAN ASPAAS

Listed in
(605) 941-7889

47520 258TH, 57055
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1239706

ALASKA INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT

Listed in
(701) 425-8119

30474 108TH ST, 57632
Interstate
1591100

ALBRIGHT CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(605) 641-4017

19004 MEADOW LN, 57717
Interstate
2484703

ALL STATE TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(605) 809-5762

4013 W 92ND ST, 57108
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2527032

ALL STATES CONCRETE CUTTING SD INC

Listed in
(202) 521-1484

47062 98TH STREET, 57108
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2384632

ALL WAYS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(701) 290-1219

309 E 20TH ST, 57105-0832
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2204392

ALLEN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC

Listed in
(605) 997-5003

22506 474TH AVE, 57028
Interstate
1182689

ALLEN DUPREL RANCH

Listed in
(605) 347-4324

HC75 BOX 436, 57785
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1064197

ALT CUSTOM FARMS

Listed in
(605) 770-8512

23128 408TH AVE, 57314
Interstate
2386501

ALT TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(605) 332-1119

3200 N GALAXY LN, 57107
Interstate
2362589

ALTON PALMER TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(605) 343-6042

1221 E FAIRMONT BLVD, 57701
Interstate
213131

AM TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(712) 899-7139

414 JEFFERSON ST, 57069
Interstate
2572330

AMAN TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 283-2323

33788 121ST ST, 57448
Interstate
133846

AMB EXPRESS INC

Listed in
(605) 519-8318

26985 S TALLGRASS, 57108
Interstate
2539927

AMBER VIEW FARMS

Listed in
(605) 261-5266

25940 486TH AVE, 57068
Interstate
1929427

AMERICAN BUS CORPORATION

Listed in
(605) 764-8000

305 W INDUSTRIAL RD, 57013
Interstate
2049410

AMERICAN FENCE COMPANY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Listed in
(605) 368-9929

47061 CHARLOTTE CT, 57108-8166
Interstate
1213792

AMERICAN GARAGE DOOR INC

Listed in
(605) 996-5002

100 N SANBORN, 57301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1579396

AMERICAN USED OIL INC

Listed in
(605) 526-4060

46122 268TH ST, 57015-6702
Interstate
1035906

AMERIKOTA CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATED

Listed in
(701) 648-9012

1937 COUNTRY LANE, 57401
Interstate
2343781

AMERIKOTA CONSTRUCTION INCORPORATED

Listed in
(701) 648-9012

1937 COUNTRY LANE, 57401
Interstate
2343781

AMMI

Listed in
(605) 338-7021

1111 N CLIFF AVE, 57103
Interstate
1516681

AMT TRANSPORT

Listed in
(605) 376-7167

704 N SHAWNEE, 57103
Interstate
2352685

AMT TRANSPORT

Listed in
(605) 376-7167

704 N SHAWNEE, 57103
Interstate
2352685

AMTECH AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT INC

Listed in
(605) 275-8373

2100 S ACACIA CIR, 57106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2122406

AMTECH AUTOMOTIVE EQUIPMENT INC

Listed in
(605) 275-8373

2100 S ACACIA CIR, 57106
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2122406

AMUNDSON TRANSPORT

Listed in
(605) 393-9605

23478 BRADSKY RD, 57703
Interstate
2144488

AMUNDSON TRUCKING

Listed in
(605) 321-2236

1007 COTTAGE AVE, 57069
Interstate
2632491