If you have ever worked in a warehouse or in manufacturing you know the work is hard, the hours are long and the pay leaves a lot to be desired. The professional truck driving industry requires similar skills from its drivers but with great pay and benefits! The current truck driver shortage has driven demand for CDL truck drivers up as well as their pay, which is great news for you!
Earn More Money as a Class A CDL Truck Driver
To show you how much money you can earn in the trucking industry, we compared some of these positions to a career as a professional truck driver.
Hand laborers – Typical work for a warehouse or factory hand laborer consists of tasks like moving freight, stock, or other materials by hand. Other duties may include keeping records, packaging products by hand, cleaning equipment and factory machinery, and signaling machine operators. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The median annual wage for hand laborers and material movers was $24,090 in May 2015.”1
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks – Individuals in this job field do things like prepare items for shipment and maintain records on shipments for a factory or warehouse. Tasks might include shipping merchandise or other materials, verifying and recording incoming merchandise, and arranging for the transportation of products. The average hourly wage for shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks is $15.55 according to the BLS, and workers average $32,350 annually.2
Class A CDL truck drivers – Truck drivers have the responsibility of transporting goods from one location to another while logging miles for their trip. “Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers,” says the BLS, and “these drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.” First-year truck drivers can make $40,000 to $45,000 their first year,3 and are eligible for a lot of other prime benefits like
- Health insurance
- Vision and dental insurance
- 401k retirement plans
- Life insurance
- Paid vacation and sick time
- Flexible schedules
- Changing scenery
- Pet policies, and more!
How to Earn Your CDL License
To become a professional truck driver, you need to get your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) first. Without one, there’s no way to legally drive a tractor-trailer on the highways! Here’s how you can get your Class A CDL license:
- Check CDL requirements in your state – Requirements for earning a Class A CDL differ from state-to-state. Some typical requirements include providing proof of an active driver’s license, social security number, as well as your permanent in-state address, and passing the state CDL exam. Make sure to check with your local truck driving school or DMV for the most up-to-date requirements.
- Find a truck driver training school – Make sure you’re prepared to pass the CDL exam the first time around with comprehensive truck driver training. Trainees at Roadmaster learn essential trucking skills such as backing, shifting, coupling and uncoupling in addition to career skills like searching and applying for jobs.
- Earn your CDL permit – In order to drive a truck in training scenarios, you’ll first need to get your CDL permit. At Roadmaster, instructors assist trainees with obtaining their permit shortly after arriving to classes.
- Earn the skills for a successful career in trucking – A good truck driving school will also help set you up for a successful career through comprehensive training and industry pointers. Roadmaster’s instructors are industry professionals with years of driving experience. Carrier representatives visit Roadmaster classes frequently, and trainees have the opportunity to ask important career questions and engage with trucking professionals.
- Pass your CDL exam and find a job – At Roadmaster, our trainees have the unique benefit of a job placement program and carrier choice. We’ll connect you with major carriers and show you how to apply to trucking positions, but the career choices are all yours to make!
Give Roadmaster a Call!
Finding time to train for your CDL is easier at Roadmaster, which offers courses during the weekdays, weeknights, and on the weekends. Why wait any longer to get your new career underway? Contact Roadmaster by leaving us some contact information or chatting with a representative today!
3. wage info supplied by Werner Enterprises