Attention cleaning and maintenance workers: If you’re looking for an upgrade in your career, consider professional truck driving! With plenty of potential benefits, bonuses, and opportunities for advancement, you’ll wonder why you didn’t consider trucking sooner!

Cleaning and maintenance jobs might include positions tidying up schools and public buildings and taking care of the landscaping around the property. Keeping things clean and orderly is very important to keep in mind in a large society like ours. Another big importance is seeing that everyone has equal access to goods and necessities, and that’s where professional truck drivers come in!

CDL truck drivers are responsible for moving heavy cargo across the nation’s highways, from water and food to furniture or gasoline. Apart from driving cross-country a majority of the job duties might include inspecting your truck, keeping inventory of your items, and helping to unload the cargo at drop off locations.

Cleaning Pay: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), janitors and cleaners in America earn an average hourly wage of $12.59 and an annual wage of $26,180.1

Maintenance Pay:  The BLS also states that general maintenance and repair workers earn a median wage (meaning half the workers earned less and half earned more) of $17.61 per hour, or $36,630 a year.2

Truck Driving Pay: Entry-level truck drivers have the opportunity to earn $40,000 to $45,000 their first year as well as earn company bonuses and benefits.3

How They’re Alike

  • All three jobs are very needed! Maintaining properties and public spaces are extremely important for health and safety reasons. Truck drivers deliver the necessary cargo across the country. The country would be in a lot of trouble if no one were to fill these positions!
  • While truck driving does require a CDL license, these positions typically only require a high school diploma or equivalent. A four-year degree or college education won’t be needed. Stressing about preparing for the job role with years of training isn’t really a problem for people in these jobs.

How Truck Driving Sets Itself Apart From the Rest

  • Better pay for truckers – Truck drivers can earn $40,000 to $45,000 their first year, but can also average $45,000 to $65,000 as a dedicated driver and $100,000 plus as an owner-operator.3 Instead of worrying about living paycheck to paycheck, you could save money while making trips across the country! Drivers have the convenience of a bed and some living space in their trucks. Consider the idea of not paying rent and putting the majority of your checks in the bank while driving. When you get back, that money could be spent on things like down payments on a mortgage, a new car, or perhaps a new truck of your own!
  • Opportunities to earn more money in trucking – While a position in cleaning or maintenance might not offer bonuses, CDL truck driving has many opportunities to earn Carrier companies may offer bonuses to their drivers for things like hitting a certain amount of miles each month, being a safe driver, and saving fuel where possible.
  • More chances for advancement or change of pace If over-the-road truck driving is something you’d only want to do for a few years, you have that option! Driving safely and keeping up with your CDL will help make you more eligible for future trucking positions. Other positions available to Class A CDL holders include jobs as recruiters, mechanics, supervisors, bus drivers, and truck driver trainers amongst others. Don’t feel like you’re limited in your career ever again!
  • Drivers are needed badly during truck driver shortage Globalization affects lots of jobs all over America. The great thing about professional truck driving is that it can’t be outsourced. How can someone in another country transport the goods and necessities we need here? A large retirement wave and increased production in our recovering economy put CDL truck drivers in very high demand! Carrier companies compete with higher wages and better benefits for new truck drivers, and that’s great news for you!

Trade your position in cleaning and maintenance for a valuable career in the truck driving industry! Feel appreciated in your role and know that your position is needed across the country.

1http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes372011.htm
2http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/general-maintenance-and-repair-workers.htm#tab-1
3Wage info supplied by Werner Enterprises

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