Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Washington

How Much Can CDL Drivers Make In Washington?

Washington State is a great place to live. Seattle is the home of grunge music, Pike Place Market (where they throw fish), and Starbucks.

If you enjoy water sports you’re in luck because there is approximately 4,700 square miles of water in the state. And let’s not forget the only active volcano in the contiguous U.S. – Mount St. Helens. Spokane is fairly close to the Canadian border as is Vancouver with its pristine snow topped mountains.

If you’re a truck driver in Washington State, you’ve pretty much got it made. The top four industries all lend themselves to being transported by truck:
– Aerospace (plane parts)
– Agriculture (plants & animals)
– Clean technology (wind turbines)
– Forest products (logging)

And even better, projections show that growth is expected to keep its upward movement. Between 2014 and 2024, jobs for truckers are predicted to increase by 6% in the U.S. and 13% in Washington State. So whether you are just starting out or have been on the job for decades, it’s always nice to know that you’re part of a healthy industry.

The five most populated cities in Washington are:
1. Seattle: 608,660
2. Spokane: 208,916
3. Tacoma: 198,397
4. Vancouver: 161,791
5. Bellevue: 122,363

Often this is where the opportunity is, but if you’re not in one of these cities it’s really not a problem since most everything is delivered by truck. You could work for a grocery store, a delivery service (UPS or FedEx), or drive a dump truck for a local company. There are plenty of possibilities.

Wondering what type of salary you can earn? The average yearly salary for truck drivers in Washington State is $46,200. For owner-operators the average hourly rate is $22.21. If you look at median salaries – those that are exactly in the middle with 50% of people making more and 50% making less – those will fluctuate by city, too.
1. U.S. National Average: $41,340
2. Washington: $44,490
3. Mount Vernon: $48,340
4. Tacoma: $47,360
5. Seattle: $46,350
6. Bremerton: $45.830
7. Kennewick: $45,460
8. Bellingham: $44,780
9. Vancouver: $44,510
10. Longview: $44,270
11. Spokane: $42,210
12. Yakima: $41,790

Now, aren’t you glad you live in Washington? Trucking looks quite good here.

Steps To Obtaining Your Washington CDL License

To apply for a CDL you must:
– Be 18 years old with a valid WA driver license. If you want to operate commercial vehicles between states (interstate) you must be 21 years old.
– Not have a lifetime disqualification
– Be a driver whose CDL was surrendered, removed, suspended, revoked, or disqualified one year or more ago and are now eligible to be reinstated.
– Be a driver who did not transfer their CDL from another state when they transferred to Washington.

How To Apply
1. Visit a driver licensing office location that offers written knowledge testing and bring your:
– Current license
– Social Security number
– Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Lawful Permanent Residency. They are required to verify your status under Federal law 49 CFR 383.71 and Washington State law RCW 46.25.070. This requirement applies to drivers who already have a CDL, also.

2. Self-certify the type of CMV you’ll be operating. Medical documents may be required. If they are, ensure you have these documents in hand before proceeding.

3. You will have to pay fees for the knowledge test(s), CLP, skills testing, CDL issuance, and any reinstatement fees, if applicable.

4. Pass the Knowledge test for the type of vehicle you will be licensed to operate and any endorsements you need for your job.

5. Get your Commercial License Permit (CLP).

6. At the licensing office, pick up a Skills Test Results form (STRF). The licensing representative can schedule your skills test (must be at least two weeks after receiving your CLP) with a DOL examiner or tell you how to contact a Third Party Examiner (TPE) to schedule your testing.

7. Take, and pass, the Skills test in a vehicle representative of the type of CMV you’ll be driving.

8. Return to the licensing office to get your CDL. Bring the completed STRF and DOL training certificate issued by an approved school or registered employer. It is required for issuance of your CDL.

Washington Trucking Related News

A convoy of trucks drove across Pierce County. Some parked along the side of the road in Tacoma. Almost one hundred truck drivers gathered at a rally in Kent. All these drivers were there to protest the new nationwide regulation that begins in December – forcing drivers to electronically log their drive time.

All long-haul trucks will have to use the new electronic logging device (ELD). But a local group in Kent joined a nationwide movement called Operation Black and Blue to call for a stop to ELDs.
Federal regulations currently allow for truckers to drive 11 hours per day, and since the 1930’s, truckers have figured their hours by hand. Forcing a large group of people to change is never easy.

On December 18, drivers must start using ELDs, which will track and enforce the 11-hour driving limit. According to the FMCSA, ELDs will save lives and prevent more than 500 injuries per year by keeping tired drivers off the road.

However, some drivers believe this enforcement is too costly and may affect their privacy and independence. The protest has already begun to affect businesses in the area. Double-N Potatoes in Burlington is feeling the brunt of the protest.

According to Double-N, approximately one third of their shipments have not gone out because trucks were unavailable due to the strike. A spokesperson for the company said, “We’re certainly concerned about the strike, and we’re equally concerned about what happens if we all have to follow the electronic logbook requirements.”

According to the Washington Trucking Association, many fleets have been using ELDs for decades and love them (SOURCE).

0BERT MARINE SUPPLY INC

Listed in
(206) 623-7822

3441 2ND AVE SOUTH, 98134
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1923897

1 GREEN PLANET

Listed in
(206) 817-8332

1780 NW MAPLE ST, 98059
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1957985

1 TIME MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(509) 879-5172

4360 FREEMONT ST NE, 98516
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2442029

1 TIME MOVERS LLC

Listed in
(509) 879-5172

4360 FREEMONT ST NE, 98516
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2442029

1-800-GOT-JUNK PORTLAND NORTH

Listed in
(360) 953-7042

4001 MAIN ST 312, 98663
Interstate
1875115

1-800-RID-OF-IT

Listed in
(206) 293-3318

4000 AURORA AVE N STE 118, 98103
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2110535

1-800-RID-OF-IT

Listed in
(206) 293-3318

4000 AURORA AVE N STE 118, 98103
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2110535

1-866-SLABJACK

Listed in
(866) 752-2522

700 NW GILMAN BLVD STE E 103B PMB 173, 98027
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1866019

100 TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(425) 351-5847

2930 SE 3RD ST, 98056
Interstate
2546688

101 BAR RANCH LLC

Listed in
(509) 773-6961

309 E ALLYN ST, 98620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1903289

101 HAULING LLC

Listed in
(360) 866-1780

2643 ISLAND DR NW, 98502
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1934060

101972

Listed in
(509) 448-8435

5316 WEST JENSEN ROAD, 99004
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1913689

119 DEGREES WEST FARM LLC

Listed in
(509) 750-5595

13821 ROAD A SE, 99344
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2636026

12 DOZEN RANCH

Listed in
(360) 864-6410

764 ST HWY 506, 98591
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1951042

12 YEARS

Listed in
(150) 973-2440

1907 FLORA RD, 99114
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1912140

12TH MAN DELIVERY LLC

Listed in
(360) 607-9234

13815 NE 29TH AVE, 98686
Interstate
2554566

145TH AURORA STORAGE

Listed in
(425) 741-3266

14540 AURORA AVE N, 98133
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1981419

1944

Listed in
(509) 952-5869

501 N 39 TH ST, 98901
Interstate
2528463

1955

Listed in
(360) 281-8210

5111 NE 93RD STREET, 98665
Interstate
1641429

1976

Listed in
(360) 681-2992

9156 OLD OLYMPIC HWY, 98382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2571983

1986

Listed in
(253) 375-3136

19715 156TH AVE E, 98360
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2577400

1A HK INC

Listed in
(425) 879-6540

1805 19TH DRIVE, 98275
Interstate
1112601

1SQ CORPORATION

Listed in
(253) 380-7175

708 52ND STREET, 98408
Intrastate Hazmat
1473821

1ST PROPANE OF WHATCOM COUNTY INC

Listed in
(360) 332-3121

2163 NATURES PATH WAY, 98230
Interstate
1503302

2 BROTHERS MOVING SERVICES

Listed in
(206) 407-8280

19326 BOTHELL-EVERETT HWY #38, 98012
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1952611

2 BROTHERS TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(360) 970-5782

205 BEAR VIEW DRIVE, 98532
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2392054

2 GRADE LLC

Listed in
(360) 461-3992

4616 OLD MILL ROAD, 98362
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1907062

2 HORIZON ENTERPRISE INC

Listed in
(206) 779-4355

11412 SE 304 ST, 98092
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1426349

2 R & R TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(206) 359-5894

5626 S 336 PLACE, 98001
Interstate
2727364

2 X 2 MOVING

Listed in
(202) 521-1493

7101 NE 31ST AVE UNIT B, 98665
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2725910

2 X 4 QUARTERS INC

Listed in
(509) 982-2825

1491 KAGELE RD N, 99159
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2013521

2-W HAY & CATTLE CO LLC

Listed in
(509) 765-5527

2990 RD 4 NE, 98837
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1955018

2005

Listed in
(425) 281-1471

32617 SE 44TH ST, 98024
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2411022

2015

Listed in
(360) 723-5307

1511 SE 4TH AVE, 98604
Interstate
2131864

2063888163

Listed in
(206) 388-8163

1366 CERES HILL RD, 98532
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2436695

2063888163

Listed in
(206) 388-8163

1366 CERES HILL RD, 98532
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2436695

2067189754

Listed in
(206) 718-5147

7014 171ST AVE SE, 98290
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345082

2067189754

Listed in
(206) 718-5147

7014 171ST AVE SE, 98290
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2345082

208 SHAKE & SHINGLE

Listed in
(360) 276-4122

208 OTIS AVE, 98562
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352342

208 SHAKE & SHINGLE

Listed in
(360) 276-4122

208 OTIS AVE, 98562
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352342

21 ACRES

Listed in
(425) 424-3066

13701 NE 171ST ST, 98072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2486880

21 EXPRESS LLC

Listed in
(253) 330-6498

25416 119TH CT SE, 98030
Interstate
2417949

24-7 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE LLC

Listed in
(509) 826-6895

605 QUINCE STREET, 98841
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1924276

253-445-2636

Listed in
(253) 604-0782

601 VALLEY AVE NE STE J, 98372
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2351684

253-445-2636

Listed in
(253) 604-0782

601 VALLEY AVE NE STE J, 98372
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2351684

2535365544

Listed in
(253) 536-5513

11012 CANYON RD E SUITE 8-957, 98373
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2382209

27813

Listed in
(541) 980-2266

567 SPRING CREEK RD, 98620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2350702

27813

Listed in
(541) 980-2266

567 SPRING CREEK RD, 98620
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2350702

288 SOMA TOWER LLC

Listed in
(425) 453-8886

1100 106TH AVENUE NE SUITE 101, 98004
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2356776

2G TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(877) 205-9220

2626 N PERRY ST, 99207
Interstate
2588332

2M FARMS

Listed in
(509) 525-9056

923 MILL CREEK ROAD, 99362
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1731380

2ND STRIKE INC

Listed in
(253) 632-2413

23320 61ST AVENUE S - APT Y302, 98032-1868
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2394752

2Z RANCH LLC

Listed in
(509) 585-2930

210211 E SR 397, 99337
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1905697

3 8 CATTLE COMPANY LLC

Listed in
(509) 523-5232

39424 S BRUCE, 99170
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2211115

3 BAR G TRUCKING

Listed in
(509) 781-1110

155601 W JOHNSON ROAD, 99350
Interstate
2018562

3 BROS GARCIA LLC

Listed in
(509) 591-8148

5507 FLORES LN, 99301
Interstate
2499329

3 BUCKS RANCH

Listed in
(509) 542-8321

12111 HILL CREST DR, 99301
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1881412

3 C’S ENTERPRISE

Listed in
(509) 829-5570

108 SOUTH 6TH STREET, 98953
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347537

3 C’S ENTERPRISE

Listed in
(509) 829-5570

108 SOUTH 6TH STREET, 98953
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347537

3 D TRANSPORTATION USA INC

Listed in
(604) 541-1074

8105 BIRCH BAY SQUARE STREET SUITE 205, 98230
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2473396

3 IN 1 SERVICES LLC

Listed in
(808) 450-7351

24620 RUSSELL ROAD - APT H101, 98032-4755
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2360433

3 JAY’S TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(509) 366-0572

7716 ESTEVAN DR, 99301
Interstate
2284821

3 K TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(360) 990-7664

13510 NORTH CREEK DR APT# R206, 98012
Interstate
2342677

3 K TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(360) 990-7664

13510 NORTH CREEK DR APT# R206, 98012
Interstate
2342677

3 M TRUCKING

Listed in
(509) 346-2188

11853 FIRST AVE, 99357
Interstate
1450657

3 RIVERS CUTTING INC

Listed in
(360) 436-0705

515 COMMERCIAL ST, 98241
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1999879

3 S BAR RANCH

Listed in
(509) 843-3946

314 23RD STREET, 99347
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1726340

3 SISTERS CATTLE CO

Listed in
(360) 675-2136

938 SCENIC HEIGHTS RD, 98277
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2337906

3 SISTERS CATTLE CO

Listed in
(360) 675-2136

938 SCENIC HEIGHTS RD, 98277
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2337906

3 TIGERS TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(206) 999-8364

24816 PACIFIC HWY S, 98032
Interstate
2640898

3 TREE CONTRACTING

Listed in
(360) 970-5983

31313 62ND AVE CT S, 98580-8711
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2484926

3 WAY TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(360) 980-4418

10312 NE 92 AVE, 98662
Interstate
2118428

3 WAY TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(360) 980-4418

10312 NE 92 AVE, 98662
Interstate
2118428

3 Z’S TRUCKING

Listed in
(509) 687-7787

497 BOYD LOOP RD, 98831
Interstate
1138038

3-D FARMS

Listed in
(509) 882-6535

151 HAWKS RD, 98930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1941580

3-D ORCHARDS INC

Listed in
(509) 829-6748

1161 EAGLE PEAK RD, 98953
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2169055

3-W TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(509) 452-7319

309 S 4TH AVE, 98902-3544
Interstate
199120

360 EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(360) 922-7965

825 FERN DRIVE, 98264
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2508037

360 SHEET METAL LLC

Listed in
(360) 750-8558

2400 NE 65TH AVE SUITE A, 98661
Interstate
2263277

3605791058

Listed in
(360) 341-3383

8119 SANDY HOOK TER, 98236
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2438030

3605791058

Listed in
(360) 341-3383

8119 SANDY HOOK TER, 98236
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2438030

3605823898

Listed in
(360) 582-3898

214 WILDERS LANE, 98382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347253

3605823898

Listed in
(360) 582-3898

214 WILDERS LANE, 98382
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2347253

3606681815

(360) 668-1815

21524 W LOST LAKE RD, 98296
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2386405

3A & ASSOCIATES

Listed in
(206) 679-1340

22019 44TH PL SO, 98032
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2058400

3B HAULING LLC

Listed in
(360) 303-9329

5044 ANDERSON RD, 98230
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2205198

3B SQUARE LLC

Listed in
(206) 755-2436

1843 VIRGINIA CT NE, 98110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2559202

3B SQUARE LLC

Listed in
(206) 755-2436

1843 VIRGINIA CT NE, 98110
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2559202

3C INC

Listed in
(206) 651-6276

3420 C ST NE STE 304, 98001
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2090397

3C TRUCKING

Listed in
(360) 815-5425

2110 COLEMAN DR, 98247
Interstate
2257189

3D FARMS CRAIG DION LLC

Listed in
(509) 882-6535

151 HANKS RD, 98930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2344832

3D FARMS CRAIG DION LLC

Listed in
(509) 882-6535

151 HANKS RD, 98930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2344832

3D ROOF SYSTEMS LLC

Listed in
(425) 775-0232

7228 210TH ST SW, 98026
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2066139

3D SYSTEMS LLC

Listed in
(360) 791-2393

6411 128TH AVE SW, 98512
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2263068

3D TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(360) 241-0135

2507 NW 15TH ST, 98604
Interstate
2065390

3DEXPRESS

Listed in
(253) 777-5060

606 N 7TH ST #3, 98901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2061353

3DH AGGREGATES

Listed in
(360) 629-9243

5930 332ND ST NW, 98292
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1904883

3P FARMS LLC

Listed in
(509) 544-9555

208 AIRPORT WAY, 98857
Intrastate Hazmat
1998141

3R INC

Listed in
(253) 606-3082

16515 39TH AVE E, 98446
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1781890

3RD GENERATION MOVING AND HAULING

Listed in
(206) 501-0113

2103 S KENT DESMOINES RD, 98198
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2116638