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Heavy truck driving

What is heavy truck driving like? How is the pay and hours? Also what types of benefits do some of you receive? How quickly can you become a heavy truck driver?

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Scott’s Answer

I personally have never driven full size tractor trailers or what people commonly know as “18 wheelers”. But I did drive slightly smaller trucks to pay my way through college and I do currently work with the trucking industry every day. Drivers can make very good money depending on what type of driving they do and who they do it for. There are many types of trucking from over the road/ long haul, LTL(Less than loaded), flatbed, heavy haul, refrigerated, local, drayage, etc. In the end, a driver can make a very good living driving truck but there is a WIDE, WIDe range of pay. I have seen anything from $60,000 to $200,000 for specialized drivers and so everything in between. Regarding benefits; again this will vary based on the company but keep in mind there is a very severe driver shortage and there has been for some time. As a result companies are offering very competitive benefit and pay packages for good drivers often times including sign on bonuses. Several larger companies will actually train you so that you can work for them. I hope this helped. Best of luck!

Scott recommends the following next steps:

Google “top 50 trucking companies”. Get that list and go to the websites of several looking for their pay and benefit packages for drivers
Call some of those same companies and ask to speak with a driver recruiter and ask some questions.
Let me know if I can help more
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Jennie’s Answer

I have a truck driving friend. The pay is good and he gets to drive all over the country.
He loves the freedom of not being tied to being inside the office.
There are pros and cons to it - he is always working and away from his family and he says driving does get boring but he has also been to many places all over the US that he would have never seen if not for truck driving.

He had to get CDL and some other certifications.

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