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How Does Truck Driver Pay Compare With Jobs In Other Industries?

Posted on June 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on How Does Truck Driver Pay Compare With Jobs In Other Industries?

Image source: American Trucking Associations
According to a report issued December 15, 2014 by the American Trucking Associations, truck driver pay is on par with the U.S. median and the industry generally offers what are deemed competitive benefits, such as matching 401(k) contributions and paid holidays off.
Driver pay ‘wage race’ under way?

Bloomberg says a “wage race” is on among carriers, but survey results show not all company drivers and leased owner-operators are seeing the benefits:

Median truck driver pay in 2013 for national truckload van drivers was $46,000 — $7,000 lower than the U.S. median household income of $53,000, ATA says.
Private fleet drivers, however, pull in about 60 percent more than that: Their 2013 average was $73,000, ATA’s report says.
ATA surveyed more than 115,000 company truck drivers and about 17,000 owner-operators, spanning 130 fleets.
Truckload van drivers were at the bottom of the … Read More »



How to Get Class A CDL License in 3 Weeks

Posted on June 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on How to Get Class A CDL License in 3 Weeks

Are you asking how do I become a working truck driver?

A serious shortage exists in some segments of the trucking industry. It’s not a shortage of freight or equipment; it’s a shortage of men and women qualified to drive trucks.

Currently, there is a truck driver shortage of approximately 20,000 drivers per year. This number is expected to increase to 111,000 drivers per year. The shortage is not due to a lack of interest, just basic economics – the demand for professional truck drivers is growing faster than the number of new drivers entering the field. The industry is desperate for new drivers. If you received your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) today, it’s almost certain there would be a job available to you tomorrow.

To help solve the growing shortage of drivers, the American Trucking Associations has developed a web site (www.GetTrucking.com) … Read More »



Could You Use A Helpful Working Glossary of Common Trucking Jobs?

Posted on June 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on Could You Use A Helpful Working Glossary of Common Trucking Jobs?

With so many different types of trucking jobs to choose from, you may be wondering if professional truck driving is right for you.

We found a recent post on the ecapital blog, which does a pretty darn good job of describing several common types of trucking jobs that are available to professional drivers.

Some of the most common trucking jobs are:

Dry Van: This is the most common trucking type for new drivers, and usually refers to a 53-foot trailer that hauls dry or non-perishable goods. These jobs are generally more available and easier to get.

Editor’s Note:
Most recent truck driving school graduates start by driving dry van to gain experience and establish a safe driving history, then some drivers will choose to advance into these other, more specialized trucking jobs.

Auto Hauler: Auto haulers pull specialized trailers designed to haul all types of vehicles. … Read More »



What are the Benefits of Becoming a CDL Driver?

Posted on June 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on What are the Benefits of Becoming a CDL Driver?

With the shortage of CDL drivers in the industry, many people are turning to truck driving schools to take advantage of the large number of open CDL jobs and discovering there are many great benefits to being a CDL driver.
Travel.

When people are polled about their dream jobs, often the majority say they want to be paid to travel. Welcome to one of the best benefits of having a truck driver job – you get paid to travel!

Money.

Salary is another benefit for commercial truck drivers. In the first year of a CDL driver job the average driver will make approximately $40,000. Many trucking drivers also get bonuses for safety records, distances traveled, and more.

Truck Driver Institute has a reputation for graduating safe CDL drivers, and many employers recruit directly from us for that reason (among many others).

Flexibility.

Is having to sit in … Read More »



What Types of Truck Driving Jobs Are There For Professional Drivers?

Posted on June 22nd, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on What Types of Truck Driving Jobs Are There For Professional Drivers?

Most individual long haul truck drivers average from 100,000 miles to 110,000 miles a year, with an average daily run of about 500 miles a day. Regional and city truck drivers average about 48,000 miles behind the wheel annually. You do not need to buy or lease your own truck for most driver jobs. The vehicle is provided for you and usually maintained by the trucking company.

U.S. professional truck drivers are both men and women, vary in age, race and educational background, and live all over the United States.
There are different types of truck drivers, including:

Over the Road / Long-Haul Drivers operate heavy trucks and drive for long periods of time, either interstate (between states) or intrastate (within one state). Some over the road truck drivers travel a few hundred miles and return the same day; others are away from … Read More »



Despite Driver Shortage, Trucking Sets Revenue Record in 2014

Posted on May 13th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on Despite Driver Shortage, Trucking Sets Revenue Record in 2014

Even in the midst of a driver shortage in the industry, if you have any hesitation about the growing importance of truck drivers in the U.S. economy, this should catch your attention.

The trucking industry brought in $700.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to a report released this week by the American Trucking Associations. That’s the highest total revenue in history for the industry and the first time trucking has surpassed the $700 billion mark, ATA says.

Trucking sets revenue record in 2014, eclipsing $700 billion and hauling 70% of U.S. freight

The combination of a significant jump in freight volume in the year and tightening capacity spurred the revenue uptick, says ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. ATA’s report, its annual American Trucking Trends, also showed the trucking industry moved 68.8 percent of all domestic freight, or 9.96 billion tons, in 2014. … Read More »



So, Let Me Ask You…? :60 sec. [video]

Posted on February 27th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on So, Let Me Ask You…? :60 sec. [video]

Okay, so let me ask you…
Are you unemployed right now?
Or maybe, under-employed?
Are you thinking about a career change?
Then I am talking directly to you…

There is a truck driver shortage in this country at the same time more freight is carried by truck than ever before. Carriers are hiring our students every week, and many are offering generous incentives to attract entry-level drivers.

Truck Driver Institute offers you professional truck driver training and job placement services. Our 15-day training program is designed for someone with no previous trucking experience, but who wants to get their Class A CDL and start to work in as little time as possible.

So, what are you waiting for?
Put Your Life in Gear … For a Better Paycheck!

Contact Us Right Now!
3 Weeks Really CAN CHANGE Your Life!

About Us: Our TDI Story…

You probably landed on this page because … Read More »


Half of Carriers Offer Sign-On Bonuses, says ATA Study

Posted on January 9th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on Half of Carriers Offer Sign-On Bonuses, says ATA Study

American Trucking Associations has released its 2014 Driver Compensation Study, which is a comprehensive evaluation of the way fleets compensate their drivers. The study was first released in 2011.

This year’s study found that the average sign-on bonus for drivers is currently $2,300. Due to competition for drivers, as much as 50% of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers.

The study also found that the median driver pay in 2014 ranged from $46,000 for national, irregular route dry van truckload drivers to more than $73,000 for private fleet van drivers.

The ATA report also includes detailed information on base salary packages and bonuses to benefits like paid time off.

The survey covered 130 fleets and 135,000 employee drivers and independent contractors with data broken down by private, for-hire, TL, LTL and drayage carriers.

Source: Heavy Duty … Read More »



How Do I Get a Better Job and Make More Money in 2015?

Posted on December 10th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on How Do I Get a Better Job and Make More Money in 2015?

Okay, I know you are thinking the headline probably sounds too good to be true.  But our students consistently tell us they think we are one of the best kept secrets around.

If you are out of work, if you are dissatisfied with your current job, if you are looking for a new start, if you are just looking for a better paycheck, keep reading ….

Truck Driver Institute is the nation’s leader in Commercial Driver’s License training. We have been putting America to work since 1973. So that means we have over 40 years experience training America’s truck drivers, and over 40 years running one of the top ranked driver training programs in the country. We know you have a choice. There are lots of truck driving schools out there, but not many can tell you they have been in business as long … Read More »



Spotlight: Murfreesboro Tennessee CDL Training Center

Posted on November 18th, by Ted Hogan in Trucking News. Comments Off on Spotlight: Murfreesboro Tennessee CDL Training Center

Did you know 50% of the U.S. population lives within 600 miles of this area? … and that 24 states are located within that 600-mile radius? … or that Tennessee shares a common border with eight of those states?

Murfreesboro Tennessee is located right in the heart of America’s trucking country. Interstate 40 runs 2,559 miles east and west — nearly coast-to-coast and right through the neighboring city of Nashville. Likewise, I-24 and I-65 also cross right through the heart of Music City, USA.

These location advantages translate into one-day and two-day truck delivery times to more than 75 percent of all U.S. markets. Major commercial carriers operate all over the country out of this major crossroads area.

There is a lot of trucking activity centered right here in middle Tennessee, and that’s the same reason why Truck Driver Institute chose to … Read More »






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