Part Smart has recently released an infographic that should provide some valuable information for any prospective truckers planning on enrolling in truck driving schools. This is not meant to encourage or discourage anyone interested in this industry, but it's fascinating information nevertheless.
-There are currently 8.9 million people employed in trucking jobs in the US. Of these 8.9 million people, 3.5 million are truck drivers. In other words, 39 percent of people employed by trucking companies actually drive trucks.
-There are currently 62 million registered vehicles and 6.4 unregistered vehicles on US roads, making a grand total of 68.4 million functional vehicles in the US. Roughly 32 percent of these vehicles would account for semi trucks, construction, vehicles, and heavy machinery vehicles. 2 million of these vehicles are tractor trailers.
-10.7 billion tons of freight was transported by trucks in 2005. This accounts for 68.9 percent of total domestic tonnage shipped that year.
-The US depends on the trucking industry to deliver 70 percent of all freight transported annually in the country. This accounts for $671 billion in manufactured and retail goods. This does not include the $295 billion in truck trade with Canada or the $195.6 billion in truck trade with Mexico.
-One truck driver in nine is independent. Most of these truckers are owner operators. Only 5.7 percent of truck drivers are women.
-Of the over 500,000 trucking companies in the US, 96 percent operate 28 or fewer trucks. 82 percent operate six or fewer trucks.
-In 2008, trucks consumed 53.9 billion gallons of fuel for business purposes.
-Of the 432.9 billion miles logged by the transportation industry in 2006, 139.3 billion miles were logged by Class 8 trucks. This is 130.5 billion more than in the previous year.
Trucking Financial Facts
-A brand new big rig truck can usually be purchased for $80,000 to $100,000 depending on the size of the engine and size of the sleeper. A good-quality used truck can be purchased for around $25,000. You can find older vehicles for between $10,000 and $15,000.
-A trucking company can expect a profit of 4.8 cents of every dollar they make. That's a cost of 95.2 cents for every dollar.
-In the end, the average income of a trucker is roughly $32,000 - or 30.3 cents per mile - every year.