How Much Can CDL Drivers Make In Wyoming?
Wyoming is home to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, and other popular tourist destinations like Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. To people who’ve never been there it seems like it could still be part of the old Wild West when in reality its nickname “The Equality State” came about because in 1869 it was the first state to give women the right to vote.
Wyoming is full of wide-open spaces with only 6 people per square mile. The main sources of income in the state are: grain, hay, livestock, mines, and crude oil, all of which require a substantial amount of space. The ten largest coal mines in the country are all in Wyoming. The top 5 populated cities in Wyoming are:
1. Cheyenne: 59,466
2. Casper: 55,316
3. Laramie: 30,816
4. Gillette: 29,087
5. Rock Springs: 23,036
At present there are well over 6,210 truck drivers, as you would expect when you think about the industries that thrive here. Wyoming is number 5 in the country when it comes to the Top 5 states with the highest concentration of trucking jobs even though the projection for future is not all that encouraging.
Between 2014 and 2024, the trucking industry in Wyoming is expected to decrease by 11% whereas the country as a whole is expected to increase 6% (SOURCE).
The average yearly salary for a truck driver in Wyoming is $49,210 while the average hourly rate is $23.66 for those of you who are owner operators. The median salary for the U.S. is $41,340 and for Wyoming it’s a good bit higher at $47,590. Depending on where you are in the state, the median salary can fluctuate:
1. Casper: $50,910
2. SE WY: $49,890
3. SW WY: $48,760
4. NE WY: $48,630
5. Cheyenne: $43,650
6. NW WY: $41,430
All of these salaries are above the U.S. Median. Even with an 11% decrease in jobs, Wyoming trucking should survive. How else would America get all their stuff?
Steps To Obtaining Your Wyoming CDL License
Do you need a CLP first? Yes, if …
– This is your first time obtaining a CDL
– You’re upgrading from a lower class CDL to a higher class.
– You’re adding an endorsement to your existing CDL, such as school bus or passenger endorsement.
– You’re removing certain restrictions from your existing CDL that require a skills test.
CDL Testing Details In Wyoming
To obtain a CDL, you must pass written knowledge tests, a vision test, and a three-part driving skills test.
Knowledge Tests: All written tests are multiple choice and to pass your score must be 80 percent or higher. If you fail a test, you can always retake it. Written tests, once passed, are good for two years. You need to take the written test(s) if:
– You’ve never held a license in the U.S. or any of its Territories, or any Canadian Province.
– Your previous CDL has been expired, revoked, or denied for two years or longer or if your privilege to drive has been revoked, canceled, or disqualified.
– You’re upgrading the class or adding any endorsements.
– You’re removing the air brake restriction and removing the Air Over Hydraulics restriction. For this one you will need to perform a pre-trip and road test.
If you have a HAZMAT endorsement and you are transferring your out-of-state CDL you need to take the hazardous materials test. Applicants with Wyoming CDLs will have to retake the HAZMAT test if there’s no record that the test has been passed within the previous two years.
Vision Testing: A vision reading of 20/40 with both eyes is required to pass the vision test. If you fail to meet this standard with or without glasses, you may have to get a vision statement from your eye specialist. If you wear contact lenses or glasses during the vision screening, you will be required to wear them at all times while driving.
Skills Test: A skills test has three parts: pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and over-the-road skills. Skills tests are conducted by appointment but only after you pass all necessary written tests. Vehicles used for testing should be driven to the test site by a person who has a valid CDL for the class and type of vehicle used for testing. Also the vehicle should be representative of the class of license you’re applying for. NOTE: You are not allowed to use placarded vehicles for skills testing.
Commercial Driver’s License holders must self-certify to a single type of commercial operation and must provide information about the type of commercial motor vehicle they will be driving or expect to drive with their CDL.
Driver Certification In Wyoming
Wyoming CDL holders operating in certain types of commerce are required to submit a current DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate to obtain a “certified” status as part of their driving record. CDL holders are required to have this status, and those who do not provide and keep a current medical certificate on file with us will become “not-certified” and their license is subject to expiration.
Any Wyoming CDL driver who is required to have a medical certificate must be examined by a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. These medical examiners have been trained, tested, and certified to perform medical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in interstate commerce.
Additionally, DOT medical certificates must be on the approved FMCSA form. Only 2 minor changes can be made to the MEC, Form MCSA-5876:
1. May be reduced in size, ensuring all content is legible
2. May be printed in black and white
What happens if my DOT medical certificate expires?
1. You’re no longer medically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
2. Your CDL is subject to downgrading to a non-commercial driver license.
You must keep your DOT medical certificate up-to-date. It’s usually valid for two years.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Assessment Information
Before Driver Services can issue or renew a CDL license with a HAZMAT endorsement, the TSA must complete a security threat assessment (background check) to determine if you pose a security threat. When the assessment is complete, you’ll receive a letter in the mail from the TSA.
Upon receipt, bring your TSA approval letter to your local driver exam office to apply for your HAZMAT endorsement. You must pass all required test(s) and Driver Services must have received clearance from TSA prior to issuing your license.
NOTE: Allow 30-60 days to complete the TSA application and fingerprinting process. If you choose to be issued a CDL without the hazardous materials endorsement pending approval from TSA, you are required to reapply and pay another licensing fee once the assessment has been completed and approved to have the endorsement added to your CDL. Driver Services must be notified by TSA that you are approved before your hard-copy license can be released.
First-Time Hazmat Applicants: Complete the assessment prior to being issued a CDL with the HAZMAT endorsement. Pass the knowledge test for the HAZMAT endorsement.
Renewing a Wyoming CDL with HAZMAT Endorsement: Must renew in person and complete the assessment prior to renewing. Must pass the knowledge test for Hazardous Materials every time you renew. You cannot renew by mail to retain the HAZMAT endorsement.
Transferring an out-of-state CDL to Wyoming: If you’ve completed a TSA assessment in another state within the previous five years, the examiner will have to verify your approval date with the TSA. The Wyoming CDL with the HAZMAT endorsement will be issued only for the time left on your five-year TSA assessment. You can complete a new TSA assessment prior to receiving your Wyoming CDL if you want a full-term license. You will be required to pass the knowledge test for Hazardous Materials to retain your endorsement (SOURCE).
Wyoming Trucking Related News
The Wyoming Department of Transportation is trying to determine how to keep motorists and wildlife, especially deer safe from each other. When animals migrate from their winter-feeding grounds to their summer range and back again, it increases the chances of collisions on state highways.
The DOT has come up with a study to evaluate if changing driver behavior and making drivers more aware of migrating animals will generate safer travel for both humans and animals. The two-year study will be looking at three main points:
1. Driver behavior
2. Collisions with wildlife
3. Deer behavior in relation to vehicles
New speed limit signs have already been put up to delineate a slower nighttime speed. During daylight hours the speed limit on these roads is 65 mph but ½ hour before sunset, all night, and ½ hour before sunrise the speed limit is 55 mph. Black signs with white reflective lettering point out the new speed limit.
They are placed just under the 65 mph signs on those roads that have had the most collisions (SOURCE).