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3 types of Truck Driving jobs  

Truck drivers transport a wide variety of goods between locations, some local and some long distances. Each type of vehicle requires different training, experience and certification.

- A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required to operate commercial motor vehicles and are issued by each state.

- Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) allows driver trainees to gain experience operating commercial vehicles.

1. Class A CDL drivers operate:

  • Tractor-trailers
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Tank vehicles
  • Livestock carriers
  • Flatbeds

2. Class B CDL drivers operate:

  • Straight trucks
  • Large passenger buses
  • Segmented buses
  • Box trucks
  • Dump trucks with small trailers
  • Tractor-trailers

3. Class C CDL drivers can operate:

  • Small HazMat vehicles
  • Passenger vans
  • Combination vehicles not covered by Classes A or B

A typical day in the life of a truck driver might include: 

Driving long and short distances while following local traffic laws
Keeping records of hours worked and miles driven
Reporting incidents or accidents to a dispatcher.


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What is the highest paid truck driving job?

A Truck Driver is typically paid an average salary of around $60,500 annually. Truck drivers with the most experience tend to earn the highest salaries in the industry.

In many cases, industry also affects pay scale. Drivers who work in general freight trucking earn the most, while those in wholesale trade typically earn the least. Drivers who work in specialized freight trucking have salaries in the middle. Cargo type often affects truck drivers’ salaries, and those who transport hazardous cargo generally earn more. Truck drivers who own and operate their vehicles typically have the opportunity to earn higher salaries as well.

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$60,500 national avg.

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