California Trucking Jobs

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Salary and Career Outlook

A trucking career in California can be highly lucrative. The job outlook is positive and potential salary is very competitive.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states “Truck transportation is anticipated to grow by 24 percent” from 2010 to 2020. The median annual wage for a truck driver is $41,990 which is higher than the national average. If one is interested in a trucking career they need to receive a commercial driving license. Signing bonuses are also being offered
by many companies. There are numerous other incentives being offered by employers and one that is interested in this career field should take time and research what is currently being offered.

There are a number of reasons why California has a large number of available truck driving jobs.  First, the large cities of LA, San Diego, San Fransisco, and others create a high demand for shipping goods and products.  Second, California is a port of entry for a variety of products form both overseas and Mexico.

Benefits of a Trucking Career

As previously stated, the median salary for truck drivers is higher than the national average although it is possible for quality truckers to earn a much higher salary. Many companies are offering
health insurance, retirement plans, option to purchase company stock, sick days and paid vacations. Unlike others who have to go to school for years to start a career a trucker can start working in as little as eight weeks, provided that they are 21 years old, the minimum age to receive a commercial license.

Important Laws and Regulations

The trucking industry in this state is regulated by numerous state departments according to the California Department of Transportation.

  • Variance permits are issued for vehicles that are over 15 feet in width, 17 feet or more in height, over 135 feet in length. Trucks are also banned on certain routes, for example, Route 2 between Interstate-210 and County Route N4.
  • There are also rules that specify weight limits that certain types of trucks are permitted to haul and how much weight can be put on one axle.
  • Currently, 80,000 pounds is the total weight limit for a truck. The gross weight on any one axle can not exceed 20,000 pounds.

If you don't currently have a CDL License for truck driving, we can help.  View our listing of Trucking Schools in California to get started on a great truck driving career today!

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