“Truck Driver Shortage” Hits All Time High Causing Truck Driver Pay To Rise

It appears the industry is no closer to emerging from the trucking crisis with the American Trucking Associations (ATA) reporting that the shortage has even spiked, reaching its highest levels to date. “Over the past 15 years, we’ve watched the shortage rise and fall with economic trends, but it ballooned last year to the highest level we’ve seen to date,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello....

U.S. Truck Driver Shortage Is On Course to Double in a Decade

The U.S. trucker shortage is expected to more than double over the next decade as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers and recruit more women. The driver deficit swelled by more than 10,000 to 60,800 in 2018 from a year earlier, according to a study by the American Trucking Associations. The shortage is expected to ease slightly this year as U.S.-China trade friction slows freight...

Walmart offering trucking jobs at $90K

Walmart needs to hire 900 new truckers, so they're boosting their salaries, in hopes of hiring more people and keeping current drivers. You can earn about $90,000 a year. Walmart says they have 8,000 drivers that travel over 700 million miles to deliver merchandise. They're looking for experienced drivers. "We've seen pay increases occurring all across the industry. And people like Walmart...

Texas Oilfield Truck Drivers: Life in the oilfields

When the Boom Goes Bust When the oil industry boom goes bust, what happens to the workers? What happens to the communities we live in and raise our families in? What happens to you? The residents of West Texas have been on a rollercoaster ride due to the oil industry’s constantly changing demand. When oil prices are high, the need for workers is so great that oil and fracking...

Roadmaster Graduate Platt Brabner named Trucking’s Top Rookie of 2018

Mordaunt “Platt” Brabner, a 58-year-old Texan, was recognized as Trucking’s Top Rookie during ceremonies at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. Chosen from a field of nine finalists, Brabner won $10,000 and a variety of prizes. He attended Roadmaster Drivers School of San Antonio and got into trucking after serving first in the Marines and then joining the Navy to become a...

What the New Restart Rule Means to YOUR Wallet

The new Restart Rule could mean more hours for CDL truck drivers and more opportunities to earn money! It would change the current hours-of-service regulations (HOS) by adding a few more available hours to a trucker’s workweek. And a few more hours could mean a nice...

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Local Delivery to OTR Truck Driving

Local delivery and other short haul types of truck driving are very different than over-the-road (OTR) driving. While they may require the same license and driving skill, the duties in each role set OTR and local truck driving apart. Some people may prefer one job...

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How Much Money Do Truck Drivers Make?

Unlike other careers with a set salary, Truck Drivers are typically paid a set rate per mile that they travel, not for how long they work. That rate varies depending on the years of experience the driver has, the region where they drive and the company they drive for....

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How Team Drivers Make More Money Than Solo Drivers

A lot of factors go into figuring how much money team drivers can make. Things like carrier rates for team drivers, specific company bonuses, the experience of the drivers, and the type of materials being hauled will be considered. While a single answer won’t cut it,...

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Roadmaster Graduate Spotlight: Randall the Trucker

Roadmaster graduate Randall Gatesman has found a way to pass the time, spread positive messages, and encourage other professional truck drivers like himself. Randall the Trucker—Gatesman’s YouTube title—has only been on YouTube for a few weeks, but he’s already gained...

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Make More Money With a Hazmat Endorsement

Maybe you’ve heard that you can make more money with a Hazmat endorsement. While wage is determined by individual carrier companies, Hazmat endorsements open the doors for extra pay! What is a Hazmat Endorsement? Driving hazardous materials requires special attention...

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From Security Guard to Truck Driver

Are you thinking about pursuing a career as a security guard? A position in security doesn’t require a lot of training, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the average annual wage of security guards is $28,040 (or $13.48 an hour). But why not...

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Hair Follicle Testing – What You Need to Know

Hair follicle testing for truck drivers is an extra effort to keep our highways a safer place for all drivers! Because moving freight in tractor-trailers can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands, carriers want to make sure they hire drug-free CDL truck drivers...

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Tips From a Seasoned Driver

Kevin Hester is no stranger to truck driving. He’s spent the last decade perfecting his skill driving a tractor-trailer and transporting freight up and down the east coast. Kevin graduated from Roadmaster in 2006 while he was an employee of DHL. “Before I went to...

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What is a Pre-hire Letter?

What is a pre-hire letter from a trucking company? It’s a letter from a carrier to a student that says you appear to meet their basic hiring requirements. Upon successful completion of your CDL training program, the carrier is inviting you to a company...

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CDL Training in Florida

Do you want to know how to get a Class A CDL License in Florida? Roadmaster Drivers School operates three schools in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa and has trained thousands of professional truck drivers. Let’s go over some of the basic things you need to get...

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From Fast Food to the Fast Lane

A lot of people face the same predicament: College isn’t for me, so what are my other options to make good money? Besides pursuing higher education, the obvious alternatives to make income are either learning a trade or accepting a minimum wage job to pay the bills....

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How to get your CDL license in Texas

If you’re looking to train for a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in Texas, this is just the article for you! While all of the rules and suggestions on CDL training in Texas can’t fit into a single article, we can give you some of the basics! For starters, what...

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