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Whether you are a new or experienced truck driver, you may have considered applying for dedicated trucking routes or dedicated trucking jobs in your city. If you’ve never done a dedicated run before, you may find that it’s quite different from a typical company driving job.
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Overview of Dedicated Trucking Jobs and Benefits
When you take on a dedicated run, you are committing yourself to driving the same route every time you get behind the wheel of your truck. This may be a local, regional, or OTR haul, but you should be ready to do the same route every time you drive. These routes are typically available because trucking companies have relationships with customers, and as a dedicated driver, you can also build professional relationships with these clients.
There are several benefits of this path. First, you can learn a route very well and settle into a routine. Second, you know how many miles you get on a weekly basis and how much money you’ll bring home. Finally, you learn your client’s expectations, rather than spending your time learning new client expectations every week.
You can look for a dedicated gig as a company driver or as an owner-operator. As a company driver, you still drive your company’s truck. If you want take on dedicated routes as an owner-operator, you can purchase your own truck and secure clients through different trucking companies.
Outlook for Dedicated Trucking Jobs
As a dedicated driver, you can benefit from the positive job outlook in this industry. The job outlook is expected to lead to an 11% increase in jobs by 2022 (O*Net, 2015). The average annual salary for a tractor-trailer driver is $39,520 per year (O*Net, 2015). With a dedicated route, you may find that you can increase your income potential as you prove yourself to your clients and your employer.