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Truck drivers are running more miles and hauling more freight than ever, in part because of a driver shortage. It's been a growing issue in the industry for years, and much of it can be attributed to an aging workforce. The average age of a truck driver is 49, and many of them are now retiring. This, combined with a lack of qualified drivers and industry turnover, in general, has some projections showing a need for 100,000 drivers heading into in 2017, according to Driver Solutions.
You’ll need your CDL license to get behind the wheel of a rig, and there are three main license types:
Class A: A Class A license allows a driver to haul a combined weight of 26,001 pounds or more. The driver can tow a vehicle that exceeds 10,000 pounds.
Class B: A Class B license allows a driver to haul up to 10,000 pounds when towing or drive a single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more.
Class C: A Class C license allows a driver to transport HAZMAT material, and this license can also mean the transport of at least 16 passengers (a bus, for example).
Understanding the right path for a success career in trucking before you get started can help you get the salary and security you deserve.
The salary scale typically begins around $28,000 and can go as high as $68,000 as reported by Payscale.com. Truck drivers who work for shipping companies and distribution centers can expect to earn a fairly decent salary based on these figures.