The median trucking salary nationwide is $40,000, and the average salary remains over $70,000—with a fair number of drivers making over six figures. So how can a trucker find higher paying truck driving jobs?
Qualify for Higher Risk, Higher Paying Truck Driving Jobs
If you are willing to drive routes that are dangerous, or carry expensive or dangerous loads, you will be compensated accordingly. These trucking jobs aren’t for everyone, and you must have a specialized skill and knowledge base. You must also be comfortable with the risk. Here are some prime examples of trucking jobs that pay more for the associated risks and requirements:
It sounds too good to be true. An industry where the salary has grown 28 percent since 2000 and continues to increase each year. An industry where the average salary is around $73,000 for long-haul and $40,000 for local driving. So why is it that the trucking industry has a shortage of drivers and 50,000 driver positions available? Trucking companies need to act fast, or this number will continue to spiral out of control. Here are a few thoughts on how employers can attract better drivers with driver availability being a top concern.
Kick Recruiting Advertising Efforts Up a Notch
The average trucking company spends a few thousand dollars a year on recruiting advertising. Even some of the major nationwide firms spend drastically less than businesses in other industries who generate the same amount of annual revenue and profits. The money trucking companies invest is typically payments for placing job openings online or in industry publications. It’s time to start marketing trucking careers to the younger generation, with targeted efforts designed to highlight the perks of a career as a truck driver.
The trucking industry is growing at a rapid rate. Online shopping is at an all-time high, increasing the number of fulfillment and supply chain hubs. The economy is, for the most part, doing well, which means the demand for products and supplies is strong. This includes goods for import, export, and those goods that need transport throughout the state or nation.
Driver Shortage of 50,000 and Counting
The trucking industry is simultaneously experiencing one of the biggest booms and one of the largest driver shortages. The average driver is between the ages of 42 and 52-years-old, and the majority of turnover is due to retirement. With a large percentage of the workforce nearing retirement age, something must be done to attract a younger generation. However, potential drivers have a much different expectation for quality of life than drivers nearing retirement age. This means the trucking industry will have to implement some major changes, particularly to routes, to attract the attention of this new way of living. This will help fill the current gap, and keep up with the growing demand.
If you are a long-distance trucker, on the road for weeks at a time, it can be difficult to stay connected and engaged with those you hold near and dear. Below are tips on how to maximize time with family when you are home, and how to leverage modern technology to stay connected and engaged while on the road.
Talk, Text, and Video Chat
Long haul truck drivers, who’ve been driving before the invention of modern day mobile communication, can tell you what an impact it has made on the quality of on the road communication. While you are still sure to drive through some dead zones, where service is minimal at best, take a minute at each rest stop or weigh station to send a quick text to your spouse, kids, or closest friends and family.