How Much Can Truckers Make In Utah?
A state brimming with natural beauty and a lake that contains more salt than the ocean, Utah is a breathtaking place to live. National parks are numerous: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Winter brings out the popular sports of skiing and snowboarding at several ski resorts: Brighton, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain. A love for the great outdoors and wide-open spaces is all you need here.
The five most populated cities in Utah are:
1. Salt Lake City: 186,440
2. West Valley City: 129,480
3. Provo: 112,488
4. West Jordan: 103,712
5. Orem: 88,328
One thing that’s exclusive to Utah is the percentage of people who are Mormons. At last count it was estimated that 62% of the state’s population attend the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For truck drivers living in Utah, your office view is truly spectacular. The deep reds and browns that make up the uniquely shaped mountains is a sight many never see in their lifetime.
If you are a truck driver or thinking about becoming one, you have made a brilliant decision since the projected number of increased trucking jobs in Utah from 2104 to 2024 is 29%. Incredible when you know that the U.S. as a whole is only expected to have a 6% increase.
The average yearly income for a truck driver in Utah is $43,950 while the average hourly rate is
$21.13. Median income is similar to the average with Utah coming in at $42,920 compared to the U.S. at $41,340. If you break down median income by city, you can see where the possibilities for higher salaries are:
1. Logan: $49,420
2. Ogden: $43,360
3. Salt Lake City: $42,410
4. Provo: $41,110
Without big rigs and the men and women who drive them, America could not survive. Truck driving is a dangerous job, and often it is the regular vehicle drivers who make it so.
Utah CDL License Information and Insights
A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) allows its holder to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), which is a motor vehicle used to transport passengers, animals, or manufactured goods. There are two government agencies that determine the policies for CDL holders:
1. FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), the Federal agency that makes the majority of the rules; and
2. The State of Utah also has rules that come into play. Keep in mind that Utah can make requirements stricter than FMCSA rules, but cannot make them less.
In order to start the CDL application process you must meet the following criteria:
– You must have held a regular driver license for a minimum of 1 year
– Must be 18 years of age or older
– You need a DOT Medical Certificate
– Complete the self certification form when you apply for the CDL
Once you’ve verified the above, determine which class of CDL you need (A, B, or C) and if you will need any endorsements on your license. Then study the Utah CDL Handbook to prepare for the written knowledge test(s). Here are the steps:
1. Visit any one of Utah’s driver license offices except: Farmington, Heber, Kanab, Logan, Provo, and Tooele. These offices do not process CDL’s currently.
2. Complete the driver’s license application in the office, or complete an online application.
3. Your photo will be taken.
4. Provide proof of citizenship, your social security number, and two pieces of proof of your Utah residence. Visit the required documentation page on the website for what constitutes acceptable proof.
5. Pass the vision test.
6. Take the written test(s) based on which and how many endorsements are needed.
7. Pay the applicable fee.
8. Once you pass the written test you’ll be issued a Commercial Learner Permit (CLP).
9. Next complete your CDL training with your company, or a third party tester in the state.
10. Finally, you need to pass a skills test in an appropriate vehicle for the class of CDL you’re applying for. You can complete your skills test with a third party tester or with a driver’s license examiner at the office where you began the CDL process. An appointment is required if taking your skills test at the Driver License office. Once you pass all testing, return to that same office and an examiner will confirm your test scores and issue you a temporary CDL.
To obtain a duplicate license or renew your CDL you only need to bring your current driver’s license and DOT card to a driver’s license office, fill out an application, have your picture taken, pay the fee, and you’re done.
A written test is required for CDL holders who have a HAZMAT or school bus endorsement. This test is required every 5 years when you renew. The HAZMAT endorsement also requires a Federal background check that’s valid for 5 years. Having the background check done before you renew will ensure the process go smoothly when you appear at the driver’s license field office to renew.
If your CDL has been expired for more than 6 months, you’ll be required to take all CDL written and skills testing to renew your license.
After all requirements have been successfully completed, you’ll receive a temporary photo license on the same day. The completed license will then be mailed to you in approximately 6-8 weeks.
DOT Medical Certificate (DOT Card)
Any driver who drives for commerce in a vehicle with a gross weight rating of 10,001 pounds is required to have a DOT medical card in their possession. To obtain and maintain a CDL you may be required to have a DOT medical card.
Only a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry can administer a DOT physical.
A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. The medical examiner may also issue a medical examiner’s certificate for less than 24 months when it is desirable to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.
If you do not qualify for a DOT medical card, you may be able to get an Intrastate Waiver.
You must now self-certify your type of vehicle operation from the choices below:
– Non-Excepted Interstate (Nationwide)
– Excepted Interstate (Nationwide)
– Non-Excepted Intrastate (Utah only requires K Restriction)
– Excepted Intrastate (Utah only requires K Restriction)
You can only certify to one of the categories. Failure to mark the correct box could possibly lead to further complications while you’re out driving. For the medical certification process to be complete, the self-certification form must be submitted to the Driver’s License Division:
Every two years; or
– When renewing of your DOT card or Utah Intrastate Waiver Card; or
– Upon the issuance of any CDL driver license; or
– If your driving condition status changes
There are three classes of Commercial Driver’s Licenses:
– Class A and B or both vehicles with a gross total weight rating of 26,001 pounds.
– Class A requires a towed unit of 10,001 pounds or more (i.e. tractor-trailer)
– Class B does not have a towed unit (i.e. bus, dump truck, etc.)
– Class C is a vehicle with a gross weight rating below 26,000 pounds, and carries 16 or more passengers including the driver or is placarded for hazardous material
A CDL might also have restrictions placed on the license. Restrictions may be added to a CDL due to wearing corrective lenses, written tests not taken or equipment used during the skills testing.
Here is the current list of the Utah CDL restrictions (SOURCE):
A = No restrictions
B = Driver must wear corrective lenses
E = Vehicle must have automatic transmission
J = Restricts driver for any other CDL restriction deemed necessary by the Division
K = Restricts driver to driving intrastate but only in a CMV
L = No air brakes
M = May not transport passengers using a class “A” bus
N = May not transport passengers using a class “A” or “B” bus
O = No tractor-trailer CMV
V = Variance
Utah Trucking Related News
After Tropical Storm Harvey hit Houston, Utah-based Clearline Transportation reached out to experienced CDL drivers there and offered full-time employment and help to cope financially with the devastation in that area.
In addition to offering employment, Clearline Transportation offered to help candidates relocate, on either a temporary or permanent basis while they recover both physically and financially.
“The idea to help others by offering jobs to those who lost everything, actually came from our employees,” said Mason Niederhauser, the company’s CFO. The ownership group got together and discussed options. “We are in a unique situation where we have a lot of work available and can help people get back on their feet. Offering these good paying jobs to those who are unemployed because of this tragedy just felt right.”
Niederhauser said, “Because of the industrial nature of the Houston economy, we know there are thousands of men and women with truck driving experience that now need secure and permanent work. We can help.”
Clearline Transportation has operations in Salt Lake City, Utah, Denver, Colorado, and Champaign, Illinois (SOURCE).