Pennsylvania Trucking Jobs
Salary and Career Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that trucking jobs in Pennsylvania pay an annual salary of $41,920. This number is subject to change by person based upon your experience, your CDL endorsements and various other factors. The industry you work in will also impact earnings. Right now there are roughly 68,500 residents employed as heavy truck drivers in the state.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that trucking jobs are fast growing in the nation. From 2010 to 2020, it is estimated that there will be a 21 percent growth in the number of jobs available. This is good news for you because it means more opportunities as well as career stability, which is important in today’s economy.
Benefits of a Trucking Career
You have a tremendous amount of earning potential. DOT states that you can work up to 60 hours in 7 days, allowing you to accumulate a lot of hours in a week. The longer you work and the more opportunities you take advantage of, the higher you can get your earnings.
Important Laws and Regulations
There are many laws that fall under PENNDOT in order to keep the roads safe. For example, if you receive 6 points on your license, you will receive a letter in the mail to attend a special points class. If you are caught speeding in an active work zone, you may have your CDL suspended for 15 days.
If you drive in Philadelphia, there are anti-idling laws there. You can be fined as much as $300 if you are found idling for more than 2 minutes at a time, regardless of where you are in the city or what the temperatures are outside.
You must be at least 18 for your CDL and at least 21 in order to drive goods across state borders. Throughout the many trucking jobs in Pennsylvania, you will be require to drive across state lines, including into New Jersey and New York amongst other states.
As of 2012, texting while driving is prohibited. Also, there are specific laws for tying down your cargo that you should look into if you are driving a flatbed truck.
If you don't currently have your Class A CDL, visit our list of Truck Driving Schools in Pennsylvania for more information.