Are you thinking of changing or starting a new career in the truck driving industry? Due to the shortage of drivers, now is the time! This shortage of drivers is having a ripple effect throughout the transportation industry. Many truck drivers are retiring and fewer drivers are entering the profession to replace them. The American Trucking Association is estimating a shortage of between 35,000 and 40,000 drivers, with new drivers entering the profession at a slower pace than older drivers who are retiring. The trucking industry has plenty of opportunity to offer all interested candidates. Consider the following benefits listed below.
A flexible schedule is available to all truck drivers. Truckers can decide between local, long distance or cross region runs. Truck drivers also can see most of the US and enjoy the freedom of the open road while earning a competitive wage. Most importantly, truck driving provides great job security because trucking companies always need truck drivers.
Some truck drivers work as a team with a spouse or colleague. Working as a team gives you a opportunity to increase your wage by making long runs.
With the national shortage of drivers, companies are willing to increase the pay and provide bonuses. Truckers on average earn a median annual wage of $40,000, which is more than the median wage for all jobs in the US. The top 10% of truck drivers make more than $58,000 a year.
Trucking companies may offer bonuses as well as a pay increase for certain loads carried or distance traveled. Trucking companies may also offer bonuses for a safe driving record. There are many ways to earn extra income as a truck driver.
After the 2008 crisis, I was able to find only part-time or commission based jobs with little to no pay. I was lucky to find out from a friend about the trucking industry, and the RTDS Trucking School based in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved cars and driving, so I thought I should give it a try.
This was the best decision I ever made in my life, PERIOD.
The school gave me great knowledge and a recommendation to a great transportation company. Now a year later, $55K/Year salary, and all the debts taken care of, I’ve never slept better in my life.