OTR Jobs in Arizona
Find OTR Jobs in Arizona
The State of Arizona has many opportunities for someone who was looking into Owner Operator trucking jobs due to its proximity to Southern California and Mexico. Freight moving to and from the ports in and around Los Angeles provides ample freight, in many cases there are loads going all the way to the east coast, which pay accordingly.
CDL over-the-road jobs in Arizona require you to have a current commercial driver’s license from the Arizona Department of Transportation. Most OTR jobs require you to drive interstate, which means that you need to be at least 21 to get an interstate license. With an interstate Class A or Class B CDL, you can begin applying for jobs in trucking.
Between Southern California and Arizona there are three major freeways, Interstate 8 from Yuma to San Diego, Interstate 10 connects Los Angeles, with Phoenix, and depending on traffic its 370 miles that can be driven in 7 hours. Owner Operators living in the Phoenix area are passing through their home area on a regular basis.
I-10 continues east through downtown Phoenix, through Tucson, and finally ends the border of south west New Mexico. Any freight heading to Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, all goes across Arizona on the I-10. The Department of Transportation operates full time Port of Entry facilities on the inbound sides of I-10 at both the east and west borders of the State. Truck stops are scattered approximately every 50 miles along the way along with many rest areas as well.
There are some major truck stops along I-10 in the Phoenix area that can accommodate overnight parking of tractor trailer rigs, but most of these fill up quickly and they’re not suited to leaving a truck for extended home time. Parking spaces are available at a handful of privately owned locations, which provide secured, long-term parking, for a monthly lease. Most also can provide recommendations and referrals for local mechanics, who can help keep their customers vehicles in top shape.
Phoenix is also connected with Flagstaff, AZ, via Interstate 17, a 146 mile stretch of freeway that also has an elevation change of nearly 6000 feet from end to end. From Flagstaff Interstate 40 goes west to California, and east to New Mexico. Freight destined for New York, Chicago, Detroit, etc, all goes across I-40 into New Mexico. Like I-10, I-40 has several truck stops along the way, but in the winter months can be much more likely to experience snow and or freezing rain conditions.
The Arizona Trucking Association is a popular resource for truck drivers all over the state. Members of this group may learn about continuing education opportunities, get discounts on trucking supplies, and learn about legislation change that may affect their career. Joining this group as you begin your career may help you meet important people in the industry.
If you’re looking for a place with a good job outlook, Arizona is where you want to be. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net anticipates a 19% increase in tractor-trailer jobs in Arizona. This growth rate is 8% above the national average (O*Net, 2012).
Furthermore, salaries tend to be slightly higher than average in Arizona. O*Net reports an average truck driving salary of $39,700 per year in Arizona.
As you look into truck jobs, look at the benefits that each company offers. Many OTR trucking companies offer financial benefits like quarterly bonuses, weekly or daily pay, annual raises, and sign-on bonuses. Some companies have pet or rider policies, so you can have a passenger or pet with you to keep you company while you drive.
Are you ready to explore OTR truck driving jobs in Arizona? Get started by checking out the over the road trucking jobs in Arizona that we have listed below.