Missouri Trucking Jobs
Missouri is second in the nation for the number of farms and its trucking industry shows that, although the two large metropolitan areas of Kansas City and Saint Louis both provide more urban products like chemicals, electrical equipment and other manufactured items.
Agriculture is the real base of the Missouri economy, and trucks are needed to haul beef and pork, soybeans and corn, dairy products and hogs.
It's almost a straight shot across Missouri from Kansas City to Saint Louis on Interstate 70, about a four hour drive of 250 miles. The state follows Federal law for drivers but its commercial zone laws are friendly to truckers. These zones include any city where there are more than 75,000 people living, plus two miles beyond the city limits. In Kansas City the zone is twelve miles out and in Saint Louis, it's eighteen miles outside the city limits, as well as anywhere in the state that's within two miles of an interstate highway, making commercial zones much larger than most states.
Salary and Career Outlook
There are currently almost 40,000 residents in the state employed as professional heavy haul drivers, earning an average of $38,000 per year. Data from BLS.gov. With various opportunities in the state, it’s a good idea to do your own research and find out what the companies are paying. When you have more experience or more endorsements on your license, it can result in higher salaries. Endorsements on a license can include tanker, HAZMAT and many others.
The BLS estimates career growth for truckers to be high. It is estimated that between 2010 and 2020, the number of positions around the country will grow by 21 percent. This growth can be attributed to the low cost of transportation trucking offers in comparison to various other transportation methods.
Important Laws and Regulations in Missouri
Missouri has a number of laws and regulations that are important to truck drivers. When a driver’s license is suspended for a DWI, it can also result in a loss of the CDL. Additionally, violations often result in points on a license and that can lead to license suspension or revocation. Speeding, careless and imprudent driving and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a vehicle are all subject to receiving points on your CDL.
You will also be required to maintain federal law as it pertains to the DOT. You will only be able to drive 11 hours consecutively and no more than 70 hours in a consecutive 8 day period. You will, however, be able to reset your week after being off-duty for 34 consecutive hours.
Trucking jobs in Missouri vary, so it’s important to look at all of them and see how it can help you become employed in a career that you enjoy.
Browse a list of truck driving schools in Missouri if you are looking to earn your Commercial Drivers License.