Rhode Island Trucking Jobs
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Manufacturing and agriculture have traditionally been and remain important industries in Rhode Island, the “Ocean State”. The trucking industry in Rhode Island supports both of these industries, transporting goods and commodities throughout the state, the region, and the nation.
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All kinds of truck driving jobs can be had within Rhode Island. You can drive a local route, which can stay the same each week or vary. You can drive within the greater New England region. Or you can travel across the country with Over The Road (OTR) driving jobs. Each type of job has its particular benefits which are worth exploring so you can figure out which type of job would be best suited to you.
Requirements for Trucking in Rhode Island
You must have had a valid RI driver’s license for two years before applying for a commercial driver’s license (CDL). You have to be over 21 years old to be eligible to drive interstate. You must first apply for your learner’s permit. To get this, you will take a vision and a knowledge test, prove your identity and legal standing in the United States, and be a legal resident of Rhode Island.
With your permit, you will practice driving alongside a licensed CDL holder in the same class of vehicle as you are applying to drive. After practicing many hours, you take a skills test and specific skills tests for any endorsements you are seeking. After passing the on-the-road skills test(s), you will receive your CDL.
Most people find it helpful to prepare for their CDL in a professional driving school. There are numerous such schools throughout the state.
Truck Driving Careers in Rhode Island
If you already work in Rhode Island or you are considering working in Rhode Island, you’ll likely be part of this state’s interstate trucking industry. Rhode Island is home to a stable truck driving field that employs many local, regional, and OTR drivers.
Data published by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that Rhode Island's trucking industry is different from trucking in other states. Very little of what Rhode Island ships stays within the state. In fact, the majority of shipments are sent to Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Companies use truckers to transport gasoline, coal, fuel oils, wood products, and printed products.
As a Rhode Island driver, you may be in a great position to earn a competitive salary. Rhode Island drivers earn an average of $39,200 per year, and the highest-paid drivers in the state earn more than $57,800 per year (O*Net, 2015).
Perhaps due to Rhode Island's size, the trucking community of this state is very close. You can take advantage of membership benefits and special events by joining the Rhode Island Trucking Association. Some of the membership benefits offered include insurance discounts, tax assistance, vehicle registration and licensing, and scholarships for students.
Start by contacting some of the employers listed on this site to find out more information. Be sure to contact more than one, as salaries and benefits differ, as do the types of trucking jobs. Doing some comparisons can pay off by helping you find the right job for you!
If you need CDL training for your Class A license, view our list of truck driving schools in Rhode Island to find a school near you.