New York Trucking Jobs
The state of New York is known for its large agricultural industry, producing dairy products, cattle and other livestock, vegetables, nursery stock, and apples. It is a major manufacturing state, producing scientific instruments, electrical equipment, machinery, and chemical products. New York exports a good variety of commodities including foodstuffs, computers and electronics, and automobile parts. To get these commodities to market, New York requires an active trucking industry. As a result, every type of trucking job can be found in the state of New York.
If you have your CDL or trucking experience, let us help you connect with New York carriers today to learn more about their open positions. Be sure to apply to as many jobs as you wish to compare their benefits and choose the right one!
Local driving jobs may have you driving around the challenging metropolitan area of New York City, or a city upstate. Regional driving jobs can take you into some of the other mid-Atlantic states that adjoin New York. Over The Road (OTR) trucking jobs are the long-haul routes that can take you anywhere and everywhere in the country, keeping you out on the road for weeks at a time and enabling you to see parts of the country that might be unfamiliar to you. Different people are attracted to different kinds of truck driving jobs, but, whatever you desire, you can find it in the state of New York!
Requirements for Truckers in New York
What do you need to do to get your CDL in the state of New York? The DMV is in charge of issuing commercial and other driver’s licenses in New York. To get your CDL, you must first have a valid Class D driver’s license issued by the state of New York. You start by applying for a permit, which will require taking a knowledge test at a DMV office. You will then prepare for your road test and practice with a supervising driver. You will also need a Medical Examiner’s Certificate and pass a vision test. Your CDL will be issued for the class of vehicle you are applying to drive: Class A, Class B, or Class C. You must also pass tests relating to any endorsements you wish to add to your CDL. Once you have passed all the required tests and submitted the required forms, you must wait one day before visiting a DMV office to obtain your CDL.
Join Trucking Associations to Network
The New York State Motor Truck Association is a non-profit organization representing the interests of the trucking industry (www.nytrucks.org). Alex Mitchell, age 37, a Queens truck driver, was hailed as a hero after helping a drunk driver out of a burning car after it hit a tree. After giving a statement to the police, Mitchell hopped back into his rig and finished his overnight shift, arriving home at 3 PM the next day. What he had to say? “It’s all in a day’s work.”
Potential Benefits of a Career in Truck Driving in New York
There is a lot of appeal to a career as a truck driver. You can earn a good, steady income from your late teens on into retirement, and beyond. The average wage for a truck driver in New York State is $42,200, and some truck drivers can earn much more. Be sure to check out the different types of driving jobs as well as the different employers, because wages can vary considerably. Companies also offer packages of benefits to attract qualified drivers and keep them with the company. Medical, dental, and vision insurance are pretty standard offerings, and sometimes companies offer flexible health spending accounts that allow you to use pre-tax dollars for certain medical and health purchases. Retirement plans are also pretty standard in the form of the 401k plan. You will earn paid vacation, usually starting with one week and working your way on up to three weeks after several years with the same company. Paid military leave and bereavement leave may be offered, and disability and life insurance policies are often paid for by the company.
New York can be a great state in which to live and to make a career in the truck driving field. Start by contacting several of the employers on this site to get an idea of the different types of jobs available and the salaries they pay. Be sure to apply to as many companies as you want to be sure you weigh all your options!
View our list of truck driving schools in New York to find a training center near you.