Trucking Companies and CDL Information in Wisconsin

How Much Can CDL Drivers Make In Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is the land of beer, brats, cheese heads, and farming. The states of Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa all border Wisconsin. The climate is mild for most of the year, except winters – when Mother Nature dumps an average of 3.5 feet of snow on the state.

The range stretches from the most snowfall 62″ to the least 22″ so wherever you live you’re likely to get at least 2 feet of snow and that makes driving treacherous especially for a trucker. The 5 most populated cities in Wisconsin are:
1. Milwaukee: 594,833
2. Madison: 233,209 (capital)
3. Green Bay: 104,057
4. Kenosha: 99,218
5. Racine: 78,860

The state’s top industries tend to support a large trucking force transporting fruit and vegetable preserves, dairy production, leather manufacturing. Wood product manufacturing including paper manufacturing employs more than 52,000 people.

The trucking industry in Wisconsin employs 49,140 drivers – almost as many as paper manufacturing. The expected growth in trucking jobs between 2014 and 2024 is estimated at 6% for the U.S. and a whopping 13% for Wisconsin.

Salaries for truck drivers are fairly competitive with the average yearly salary of $43,030 and an hourly rate of $20.69. The median salaries differ since these numbers are exactly in the middle with 50% of salaries higher and 50% lower. The median salary for truckers in the U.S. is $41,340 and in Wisconsin it’s $40,550. However, if you look at the breakdown by city you can see how salaries fluctuate (SOURCE):
1. Fond du Lac: $49,800
2. Racine: $45,910
3. Madison: $44,460
4. Kenosha: $43,060
5. Green Bay: $42,570
6. La Crosse: $41,250
7. Milwaukee/Waukesha: $40,810
8. Janesville: $40,740
9. Sheboygan: $39,200
10. Appleton: $38,890
11. Oshkosh: $38,580
12. Eau Claire: $38,430

A couple of driving jobs you might find in Wisconsin:

Team Drivers: These driving jobs require you to put your faith in another person’s driving ability while you sleep. While it can be frustrating, it can also be the solution for people who find they get lonely on the long hauls. Teams work best if the two drivers have compatible personalities and driving abilities (SOURCE).

Pulling Hoppers/Hauling Grain: Some farms in Wisconsin grow grain – and lots of it. Hauling grain is usually performed with hopper trailers to make it easier to unload. It takes extra training for this job, which is often performed with corn to transport to an ethanol plant (SOURCE).

Obtaining Your Wisconsin CDL License

Commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) are required to operate vehicles that:
Weigh over 26,000 pounds, determined by the highest of the following weights:
– Manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
– Manufacturer’s gross combination weight rating (GCWR) when the towed unit has a GVWR, registered weight, or actual gross weight over 10,000 pounds
– Actual weight
– Registered weight

Carry hazardous materials in amounts that require placarding under federal law.

Are designed to carry 16 or more persons including the driver (buses and some school buses). There are federal and state regulations governing the operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). And while states can make federal laws stricter, they cannot make them less stringent.

Wisconsin CDL law requires:
1. A classified licensing system

2. Issuance of only one license to each driver

3. Proof of Citizenship or Legal Status in the U.S. is required upon original issuance, renewal, transferring an out of state license, or when adding or removing a class, endorsement, or restriction.

4. Testing of commercial drivers, who must pass a knowledge test and driving skills test in the type of vehicle they drive.
– School bus drivers must pass a knowledge test and abbreviated driving skills test at each renewal in addition to providing proof of physical fitness in the form of a completed MV3030B or valid Federal Medical Certificate. Drivers are also required to complete the School Bus Endorsement Application MV3740.
– Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) drivers who are renewing, transferring or applying for the “H” endorsement for the first time must agree to a background check that includes fingerprinting. Drivers also need to complete the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Application MV3735, pass the “H” knowledge test, and provide proof of Citizenship or Legal Status in the U.S. at the time of testing.

5. Enforcement of the law through the Commercial Driver License Information System (CDLIS), a computer network of all states.

6. Enforcement of disqualifications for alcohol and serious traffic violations in a commercial motor vehicle.

Who is exempt from CDL licensing in Wisconsin?

Federal law allows states the option to waive certain kinds of drivers from the requirement to obtain a CDL. In Wisconsin, the following drivers are not required to hold a CDL:
– Fire fighters and rescue squad members are not required to hold a CDL to drive properly equipped emergency or fire fighting vehicles.
– Recreational vehicle operators with a vehicle less than 45 feet and not engaged in commercial activity.
– A farmer, the farmer’s family members, and/or the farmer’s employees who drive within 150 miles of a farm in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Iowa.

Substitute or replacement snowplow drivers (includes snow or ice removal by plowing, salting or sanding) for local units of government are not required to hold a CDL if they meet all of the following (SOURCE):
– An employee of a local unit of government with a population of 3,000 or fewer.
– Hold a valid Class D license.
– Operating within the boundaries of the local unit of government.
– Is one of the following: 1) Substituting for or replacing, a regular employee who ordinarily operates the vehicle. 2) An additional employee because a snow emergency exists as determined by the local unit of government.

Wisconsin Trucking Related News

A fee on heavy trucks could help the state budget reach its goal, said GOP leaders in Wisconsin.

The GOP caucus supported the idea of putting a per-mile fee on the heavy trucks that in general do more damage to roads. The trucking fee might be used for temporary funding while creating and implementing a more complex tolling system.

The heavy truck fee still faces opposition from the state’s largest business lobby, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. WMC’s head of lobbying, Scott Manley, said manufacturers would rather see a small increase in the gasoline tax. “A tax on employers that make and grow things in the state to pay for the transportation budget will inevitably be passed onto the consumer,” Manley said in a statement.

If Wisconsin officials approve a truck fee instead of a gasoline tax, the state will join Kentucky, New York, New Mexico and Oregon in placing a per-mile fee on the heavy vehicles that haul most of the state’s commercial and consumer goods (SOURCE).

007 FURNITURE LLC

Listed in
(414) 342-0007

1301 W VLIET ST, 53205
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2469213

007 TRANSPORT

Listed in
(920) 379-9258

3136 N MEADE ST, 54911
Interstate
1793969

1 MORE ROUND TRUCKING INC

Listed in
(715) 767-5733

W7176 COUNTY ROAD I, 54459
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1571513

1 PLUMBING COMPANY

Listed in
(920) 484-6522

680 STEEL ROAD, 53932
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2025792

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(262) 436-1307

7320 W FLORIST AVE SUITE C, 53218
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1543043

1-800-GOT-JUNK

Listed in
(608) 721-3793

5821 FEMRITE DR - SUITE B, 53718
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1641994

1-844-CARGO-VAN EXPEDITED FREIGHT SERVICES

Listed in
(262) 812-6839

140 W SCHOOL ST STE 208, 53585
Interstate
2627363

10 MILE REMODELING LLC

Listed in
(651) 308-8664

1283 COUNTY ROAD A, 54017
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2419097

10 PIN RACING

Listed in
(715) 339-6663

505 COUNTY ROAD D, 54555
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2592397

100 PROOF

Listed in
(920) 621-0406

N7122 CROOKED CREEK CT, 54155
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2513710

101 HEATING LLC

Listed in
(920) 994-9745

N7145HWYI, 53075
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1711874

101 TRANSPORT INC

Listed in
(715) 381-7085

749 TRANSPORT TRAIL, 54016
Interstate
1705392

1012009

Listed in
(126) 233-8844

7555 FOREST VIEW RD, 53090
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1413516

10X RACING

Listed in
(715) 209-5580

88480 PIKE RD, 54814
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1777684

1234 ADDIE WATER SYSTEMS INC

Listed in
(608) 755-1031

1604 PLAINFIELD AVE, 53545
Interstate
1668093

13X RACING

Listed in
(715) 292-4375

65230 OLD ODANAH RD, 54806
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1803766

153 LUMBER

Listed in
(715) 255-8137

W2231 153 RD, 54446
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1242665

17352

Listed in
W1565 COUNTY RD A, 53956-9739
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2068124

18 WHEELS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(608) 477-3613

7461 PRIVETT RD, 53583
Interstate
2608047

1800

Listed in
(608) 277-0220

718 POST ROAD, 53713
Interstate
2177227

1914 LLC

Listed in
(262) 206-6292

N1239 VERONICA RD, 53128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2444819

1914 LLC

Listed in
(262) 206-6292

N1239 VERONICA RD, 53128
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2444819

1989

Listed in
(262) 242-9924

N120W13537 FREISTADT RD, 53022
Interstate
2591921

1ST AFFORDABLE STUMP REMOVAL

Listed in
(608) 712-7589

1885 SKAALEN ROAD, 53589
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2284876

1ST CHOICE AUTO INC

Listed in
(920) 434-6999

2035 VELP AVE, 54303
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2560618

1ST CHOICE FOUNDATIONS LLC

Listed in
(715) 458-0201

1124 22 1/2 ST, 54728
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1868001

1ST CHOICE LANDSCAPING LLC

Listed in
(920) 403-1189

3138 MARKET STREET, 54304
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424025

1ST CHOICE LAWN MAINTENANCE LLC

Listed in
(262) 227-9788

3352 S 113TH ST #3, 53227
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2184968

1ST CHOICE METAL FINISHING

Listed in
(920) 347-9422

1649 SAND ACRES DR-B, 54115
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2103422

1ST CHOICE RESTORATION SERVICES

Listed in
(920) 845-2897

N5650 SUNSET LANE, 54217
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2365866

1ST CHOICE SANITATION LLC

Listed in
(920) 830-9803

W6246 COUNTY ROAD BB, 54914
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1656244

1ST CHOICE TRUCKING OF WISCONSIN LLC

Listed in
(414) 491-0569

1453 S 80TH ST, 53214
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1396680

1ST IN BUILDERS LLC

Listed in
(414) 659-7618

2583 COUNTRYSIDE LANE, 53076
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1748887

1ST QUALITY AUTO

Listed in
(262) 532-9999

508 W BLUEMOUND RD, 53188
Intrastate Hazmat
2523770

2 DUCKS TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(262) 239-2919

W1823 HAVEN DR, 53010
Interstate
2594458

2 MAN CREW LLC

Listed in
(262) 629-9947

4617 BEAVER DAM RD, 53090
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1564027

2 R CONSTRUCTION INC

Listed in
(847) 219-3572

4112 MC GINNIS DR, 53132
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2169723

2-M’S MOBILE HOME SERVICE

Listed in
(715) 532-6409

N4448 PORT ARTHUR ROAD, 54848
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1260652

20 20 PRODUCTIONS

Listed in
(715) 822-5460

2363 FULLER AVE, 54829
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1233350

20TH AVE AUTO SALES

Listed in
(715) 723-7577

22486 20TH AVE, 54727-5901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1415977

2112 DISTRIBUTIONS LLC

Listed in
(262) 242-6855

8555 WEST FREISTADT ROAD, 53097
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2141552

21236

Listed in
(608) 732-0237

30102 COLLEGE FARM RD, 53818
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2418326

23 DELIVERY LLC

Listed in
(715) 573-5686

818 N 32ND AVE, 54401
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2635323

24 7 PLUMBING SERVICES INC

Listed in
(262) 896-0954

21690 W AMOR DRIVE, 53146
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2206637

24 HOUR HOME COMFORT SERVICES

Listed in
(608) 868-6411

310 SUNNYSIDE DRIVE, 53563
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1457976

24 N MAIN ST LLC

Listed in
(262) 882-2800

24 N MAIN STREET, 53545
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2726615

25TH MARCH TRANSPORT LLC

Listed in
(414) 232-4563

5055 WEST COLLEGE AVENUE#55, 53129
Interstate
1656500

2623256868

Listed in
(262) 325-6868

1409 W WANDA AVE, 53221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2421973

2626974271

Listed in
(262) 697-4271

5216 40TH AVE, 53144
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2330631

2626974271

Listed in
(262) 697-4271

5216 40TH AVE, 53144
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2330631

2992

Listed in
(218) 590-8519

S AMNICON RIVER RD, 54874
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2414241

2B HORSE CO

Listed in
(715) 695-3613

S14840 CANARY DR, 54770
Interstate
1381806

2K HORSE & CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(262) 593-5065

N2661 HWY F, 53137
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352761

2K HORSE & CATTLE COMPANY

Listed in
(262) 593-5065

N2661 HWY F, 53137
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2352761

2MDSI LLC

Listed in
(920) 499-4253

901 MORLEY ROAD, 54303
Interstate
2639849

2QFARMS

Listed in
(608) 929-7856

481 CTY Q, 53543
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1383729

2R ENTERPRISES INC

Listed in
(608) 723-7290

6002 PINE KNOB ROAD, 53813
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1050457

3 B CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(608) 965-3649

26852 RIDGE RD, 53586-9692
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1431066

3 B FARMS LLC

Listed in
(608) 756-9766

3115 S READ ROAD, 53546
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1047344

3 D CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Listed in
(920) 619-6939

N7885 CTY HWY Y, 54165
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2479385

3 M EXCAVATING

Listed in
(608) 922-6293

7458 RIVERBEND RD, 53541
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1493434

3 PUTT TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(608) 882-0835

4528 NORTH COUNTY ROAD M, 53536
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1886134

3 RIVERS LANDSCAPE INC

Listed in
(715) 425-0237

368 PAGE LANE, 54022
Interstate
1019254

3 SONS CONCRETE

Listed in
(608) 391-0417

16978 COUNTY T, 53805-9210
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1410466

3 SONS GUTTERS

Listed in
(414) 870-0094

1440 S 92ND ST, 53214
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1424674

3 WAY CONSTRUCTION

Listed in
(608) 363-7677

1961 MERIDITH DRIVE, 53511
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1505742

3-D AUTO SALVAGE

Listed in
(608) 931-4961

10139 E COUNTY ROAD A, 53546
Interstate
1461793

3-D DAIRY LLC

Listed in
(920) 795-4990

N8148 SCHAEFER RD, 53049
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2597010

3-D EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(715) 248-7817

930 BRAVE DRIVE, 54025
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2438962

3-D EXCAVATING LLC

Listed in
(715) 248-7817

930 BRAVE DRIVE, 54025
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2438962

3-P SCRAP

Listed in
(608) 697-5575

W6369 GEM AVE, 53930
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2012967

316 WELDING AND FABRICATION

Listed in
(920) 948-9182

1504 MINNESOTA AVE, 54937
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1485527

35156

Listed in
(160) 867-6227

7803 S ROGERS RD, 53525
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1381461

37987

Listed in
(920) 688-3233

996 LONE ELM AVENUE, 54902
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1746313

3B CONCRETE LLC

Listed in
(262) 377-0797

W61 N721 MEQUON AVENUE, 53012
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1643882

3D AUTOMATION LLC

Listed in
(262) 745-3251

6504 400TH AVE, 53105
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1779688

3D MASONRY AND LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION LLC

Listed in
(262) 470-2051

8101 STATE ROAD 83, 53149
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2076572

3D TREE TRANSPLANTING LLC

Listed in
(715) 340-4217

1430 ROGERS DRIVE, 54467
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2426583

3D’S FIREWOOD PROCESSING

Listed in
(715) 767-5168

W4981 MORNER RD, 54556
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2111783

3D’S FIREWOOD PROCESSING

Listed in
(715) 767-5168

W4981 MORNER RD, 54556
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2111783

3G TRUCKING LLC

Listed in
(414) 587-4458

3249 WEST COLONY DRIVE, 53221
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2283178

4 CLOVER DISTRIBUTION LLC

Listed in
(608) 386-0590

806 GRANT STREET, 53511
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2088781

4 POINTS LLC

Listed in
(715) 558-2748

9341 N SECLUDED TRAIL, 54843
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1436488

4 REAL TRANSPORTATION

Listed in
(414) 412-4504

3073 S CHASE AVE 1, 53207
Interstate
1905277

4 SEASONS DISPOSAL INC

Listed in
(715) 745-6600

W4090 KORTH RD, 54111
Intrastate Hazmat
1650297

4 SEASONS FOREST PRODUCTS

Listed in
(715) 561-2933

57 PENNSYLVANIA AVE, 54525
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2519867

4 SEASONS LANDSCAPING AND SNOW REMOVAL INC

Listed in
(608) 742-4142

W8171 HWY 33, 53901
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1892275

4 SEASONS LAWN CARE

Listed in
(920) 684-9191

1539 N 8TH ST, 54220
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2156748

4 SEASONS LAWN CARE & SNOW REMOVAL LLC

Listed in
(920) 639-8689

2879 CROSSHAVEN AVE, 54313
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2546527

4 SEASONS SERVICES OF CENTRAL WISCONSIN LLC

Listed in
(715) 340-3996

3953 O'KEEFE CT, 54482
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1806788

4 TTTT’S FARM

Listed in
(920) 648-5612

W6543 VANDRE ROAD, 53038
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1175104

4 WAY FARMS

Listed in
(262) 629-9042

5924 ST ANTHONY ROAD, 53095
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1007899

4-D WATER WELL AND PUMP SERVICE LLC

Listed in
(262) 424-5513

N82 W28160 MARSHALL DR, 53029
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2403396

4-SEASON AIR

Listed in
(715) 682-8802

67295 HIGHLAND RD, 54806
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1843253

4-SEASONS TREE SERVICE

Listed in
(920) 361-1723

134 EAST LIBERTY STREET, 54923
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1786966

46-3740483

Listed in
(715) 553-1484

2141 192ND AVE, 54824
Interstate
1935320

464828634

Listed in
(414) 216-4361

311 OAKTON AVE, 53072
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2597743

4D LANDSCAPING & MORE LLC

Listed in
(715) 878-4792

W570 BIRCH RD, 54738
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
1798094

4G PLASTERING INC

Listed in
(920) 246-1485

2522 CLEARBROOK CIRCLE, 54313
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2583599

4GZ GRAINS LLC

Listed in
(920) 342-9767

N8241 CR X, 53094
Intrastate Non-Hazmat
2443415