Truck Driving Jobs in Iowa

Apply for Trucking Jobs in Iowa

Trucking companies in Iowa are always looking for dedicated and safe drivers and they will be even more so over the course of the next several years. If you are looking for a career change or just starting out in the world after high school, you may want to consider truck driving jobs in Iowa.

SWIFT Transportation

SWIFT Transportation

  • Earn up to $.54 per mile
  • One week vacation after 1 year
  • Two weeks vacation after 2 years
  • 2,500 paid miles per week guaranteed!
  • Pets allowed
  • Medical, dental & life insurance

Crete Carrier

Crete Carrier

  • OTR drivers start at $.50 – $.53 per mile
  • Top 25% OTR drivers average $80,300 per year
  • No-cost rider policy
  • Safe Driver Productivity Bonus
  • 401-k
  • Full benefits: Health/dental/vision/life

Paschall Truck Lines

  • $1,000 sign-on bonus
  • Up to $6,000 tuition reimbursement
  • Medical/dental/life Insurance
  • 7 days out/2 days home option
  • 401-k match 
  • Pet/rider policy

Schneider National

Schneider National

  • OTR drivers average 600 miles per haul
  • Earn up to $79,000 yearly based on experience
  • 95% no-touch freight
  • 11 days out/3 days home
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance & 401-k match
  • Paid training and tuition reimbursement available

Western Express

Western Express

  • Earn up to $.50 per Mile
  • Newer trucks average 1.5 years old
  • Medical/dental/vision benefits after 30 days
  • 401-k savings plan
  • Pet & Rider Policy
  • Paid Training

J.B. HUNT

J.B. HUNT

  • Local & Regional Routes – great home time
  • Earn up to $75,000 yearly depending on route & experience
  • Productivity bonus & referral bonus
  • Dental/vision/life insurance
  • Company match 401(k)
  • Paid vacation time

Action Resources

Action Resources

  • $2,000 referral bonus for every driver referral
  • Owner Operators average $180,000 – $220,000 gross
  • Great Home Time: Most Drivers Out 7 to 10 days
  • Hefty Fuel Discounts Across Our Network
  • Third Party Insurance Available
  • Owner Operator Receives 100% Fuel Surcharge

Roadrunner Transportation Systems

Roadrunner Transportation Systems

  • Top solo drivers earn up to $225,000 yearly
  • Top teams earn up to $350,000+ yearly
  • Company drivers earn up to $1,200+ weekly
  • Late model equipment
  • Health & Medical Plans Available
  • Dedicated, OTR, local and regional positions

DELtaura

DELtaura

  • Exceptional base pay
  • Bonus & recognition programs
  • Company paid health/dental/life insurance
  • Holiday pay
  • Paid vacation time
  • 24-hour personal support

CRST Expedited

CRST Expedited

  • One day off for every week out GUARANTEED!
  • Hazmat Mileage Bonus of $.04 more per mile
  • 99% no-touch, 80% drop-and-hook freight
  • Average fleet age of just 1 ¼ years
  • Top-carrier medical/dental/life insurance
  • Matched 401(k) plan

Roehl Transport

Roehl Transport

  • Make $1,200+ per week
  • Top drivers earn over $82,000 per year
  • Experienced drivers can earn up to $.59 per mile
  • Most fleets are home weekly (many on the weekends)
  • New, top-of-the-line trucks, including automatic transmissions
  • Industry-leading profit-sharing + full employee benefits

K&B Transportation

K&B Transportation

  • Experienced drivers earn up to $.45
  • Reliable home time
  • Paid vacation
  • Medical benefits
  • 401K
  • Life insurance

American Central Transport

American Central Transport

  • Medical/dental/vision/life insuramce
  • Long term disability
  • Holiday pay
  • Paid vacation
  • Pet rider options
  • 401(k) retirement plan

Mercer Transportation Company

Mercer Transportation Company

  • Owner/operators earn 75% of revenue
  • 100% fuel surcharge paid to you
  • Fuel discount program
  • Consistent freight
  • No forced dispatch
  • 100% owner operator company

CRST Dedicated

CRST Dedicated

  • $1,200 per week GUARANTEED (1-2 years exp.)
  • Experienced drivers can earn up to $67,000 yearly
  • Weekly home time 
  • Health/dental/life insurance
  • 401-k retirement plan
  • Stable route with consistent miles

Expediter Services

Expediter Services

  • Drivers earn $800 per week on average
  • Most runs are 3 weeks out/1 week home
  • Bonus pay opportunities available
  • Low cost health insurance
  • Excellent spouse/child rider program
  • Excellent pet policy

Melton Truck Lines

Melton Truck Lines

  • Drivers can earn up to $.56 per mile
  • Entry level drivers guaranteed at least $850/week
  • $3,000 – $5,000 sign-on bonus
  • $2,400 tuition reimbursement (recent grads)
  • Safety & performance bonuses
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)

CFI

CFI

  • Experienced drivers earn up to $.45
  • Reliable home time
  • Paid vacation
  • Medical benefits
  • 401K
  • Life insurance

Southern Refrigerated Transport

Southern Refrigerated Transport

  • Company Drivers now receive 3-4 CPM more
  • Recent grads receive $475/week paid training
  • Home weekly opportunities (select areas)
  • 99% no-touch freight with 1,800+ miles average
  • Fuel and driver referral bonuses
  • Up to $6,000 tuition reimbursement for recent grads

TransAm Trucking

TransAm Trucking

  • $2,500 sign-on bonus
  • Grads can earn up to 31 CPM
  • Experience drivers earn up to 32 CPM
  • Independent contractors earn up to $1.04/mile
  • $6,000 tuition reimbursement program for grads
  • Medical/dental/life insurance options + 401k

J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc.

J&R Schugel Trucking, Inc.

  • $525 per week paid training for grads
  • Company drivers can earn up to $.52 per mile
  • Teams can earn up to $.60 per mile split
  • 100% Employee Owned Stock Ownership Plan
  • Medical/dental/vision/prescription coverage after 60 days
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan

Christenson Transportation, Inc.

Christenson Transportation, Inc.

  • Regional drivers earn up to $.48 per mile (loaded)
  • OTR drivers earn up to $.46 per mile (loaded)
  • Health/dental/vision insurance + 401(k)
  • Paid vacation & orientation pay
  • Layover & detention pay
  • Pre-paid legal plan

Anderson Trucking Service

Anderson Trucking Service

  • Up to $5,500 sign-on bonus
  • Company flatbed drivers earn up to $.58 per mile
  • Company dry van drivers earn up to $.52 per mile
  • Top 10% drivers earn up to $85,000 per year
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401K/Profit sharing plan company match

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods

  • Solo drivers earn up to $.51 per mile
  • Regional drivers earn up to $.52 per mile
  • Teams earn up to $.54 per mile
  • Layover pay and safety pay
  • Paid holidays & paid vacation
  • 1 day off for every 6 days out on the road

Decker Truck Line, Inc.

Decker Truck Line, Inc.

  • Company drivers average $65,000 per year
  • Reefers can average up to 2,500 miles per week (43-50 CPM)
  • Flatbeds can average up to 2,800 miles per week (47-54 CPM)
  • Teams can average up to 14,000 miles per monty (52-58 CPM split)
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Weekly pay with direct deposit

SOAR Transportation Group

SOAR Transportation Group

  • NEW $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS for solo drivers!
  • NEW $10,000 SIGN-ON BONUS for teams!
  • Western regional drivers start at $60,000 to $70,000/year!
  • Team drivers start at $144,000 per year split!
  • Safety quarterly bonus of $.06 per mile more
  • Paid vacations/weekly settlements/pet friendly

Bolt Express

Bolt Express

  • Competitive driver pay
  • 24/7 dispatch & driver support
  • DSC with laundry/showers/maintenance
  • Fuel discounts
  • Flexibilty
  • Great benefits

HOGAN

HOGAN Transports

  • $5,000 sign-on bonus for experienced drivers!
  • $10,000 split bonus for experienced team drivers!
  • Top drivers earn more than $70,000 per year!
  • CDL-A drivers earn up to $.47 per mile
  • Teams can earn up to $.70 per mile (split)
  • Steady year round freight with weekly pay up to $1,200

Halvor Lines

Halvor Lines

  • Owner operators can earn up to $1.20 per mile + fuel
  • Flexible home time for company drivers
  • Paid vacation based on average yearly earnings
  • Passenger & pet program
  • Onsite workout facility
  • Health/dental/life/AD&D insurance + 401(k)

BENNETT

Bennett Motor Express

  • Up to $100,000 plus bonuses for experienced company drivers!
  • CDL-A company drivers can average up to $76,000 per year
  • CDL-A regional drivers can earn up to $.70 per mile
  • Drivers are home on most weekends
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan

KLLM Transport Services

KLLM Transport Services

  • $2,500 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Solo drivers can earn from $.45 to $.55 per mile
  • Regional drivers can earn up to $.78 per mile
  • Teams can earn up from $.55 to $.60 per mile
  • Medical/vision/dental/prescription insurance
  • 401(k) available after 12 months employment

Quality Carriers

Quality Carriers

  • Up to $10,000 sign-on bonus for owner operators!
  • Company drivers earn $62,00 annually on average
  • Late model equipment
  • Industry competitive health insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Steady and consistent work

Earl Henderson Trucking Company

Earl Henderson Trucking

  • Solo drivers average 2,300 miles weekly at 39-57 CPM
  • Teams average 4,300 miles weekly at 46-60 CPM (split)
  • Pet & passenger friendly
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • 401-k savings plan available
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit

John Christner Trucking

John Christner Trucking

  • Solo drivers earn $1.05 per mile loaded and empty
  • Teams earn $1.10 per mile loaded and empty (split)
  • $.02 per mile safety bonus paid quarterly
  • Newer model trucks
  • Road use & fuel taxes paid
  • Nationwide Discount Fuel Network

Guaranteed Transport Service

Guaranteed Transport Service

  • Top pay rates for drivers
  • No-touch freight
  • Top of the line equipment
  • Medical & dental health insurance
  • Annual raises
  • Paid time off

Reinhart Foodservice

Reinhart Foodservice

  • $7,500 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefits
  • Consistent mileage
  • Great home time
  • Well maintained equipment

Unlimited Freight, Inc.

Unlimited Freight, Inc.

  • Solo drivers can earn up to $.65 per mile
  • Teams can earn up to $.70 per mile (split)
  • Great home time
  • Excellent job benefits
  • Recognized as “Carrier of the Year” in 2017
  • Hiring nationwide

Salem Corporation

Salem Corporation

  • Competitive pay
  • Bonus potential
  • Company-paid orientation
  • Quarterly safety bonus
  • Health/dental/life/disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match

Hurricane Express

Hurricane Express

  • Solo drivers earn a net minimum of $81,000 yearly!
  • Solo drivers get paid $2,800 within their first 8 days!
  • Team drivers earn a net minimum of $151,000 yearly!
  • Team drivers get paid $5,600 within their first 8 days!
  • Tenure bonus of $3,000 (solos) & $5,500 (teams)
  • Excellent company benefits

C.R. England

C.R. England

  • Paid CDL training ($600/week on-the-job training)
  • Zero tuition for those who qualify ($5,000 value)
  • Competitive pay & benefits
  • Great home time depending on region
  • Consistent miles depending on region
  • Late model equipment

Shaffer Trucking

Shaffer Trucking

  • Top 25% of drivers average $80,300 yearly!
  • OTR drivers earn from $.53 to $.56 per mile
  • Health/vision/dental/life insurance + 401(k)
  • No cost rider policy
  • Pet policy (2 dogs or cats)
  • Guaranteed detention pay

HUNT Transportation

HUNT Transportation

  • Top 25% of drivers average $82,000 per year!
  • Drivers earn from $.52 to $.55 per practical mile
  • Flatbed drivers earn an additional $.06 per mile (loaded)
  • Stop-off and breakdown pay
  • Safety & productivity bonuses
  • Full benefits + rider/pet policy

deBoer Transportation, Inc.

deBoer Transportation, Inc.

  • $3,000 referral bonus!
  • Drivers earn $.36 to $.49 per mile (+6 CPM bonus)
  • OTR drivers average 2,700-3,000 miles weekly
  • OTR Team drivers average 1,000 miles daily
  • Regional drivers average 2,500-2,900 miles weekly
  • Health/dental/vision insurance + 401(k) savings plan

McLeod Express

McLeod Express

  • $1,000 orientation pay!
  • OTR drivers start at 50 CPM on all miles
  • $1,200 weekly pay protection plan
  • $.04 per mile monthly productivity bonus
  • $.02 per mile quarterly safety bonus
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k) match

Hub Group Trucking

Hub Group Trucking

  • $2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Competitive hourly pay
  • Drivers average $1,510 weekly
  • Daily home time
  • No-touch freight
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance + 401(k)

Averitt

Averitt Express

  • $800 per week paid CDL training program!
  • Flatbed drivers average $55,000-$65,000 yearly!
  • Flatbed drivers start at $.48 per mile (180 days solo exp)
  • Dedicated drivers start at $.42 per mile (180 days solo exp)
  • Weekly home time for flatbed and dedicated drivers
  • Medical/dental/vision/prescription benefits + 401(k)

Bynum Transport

Bynum Transport

  • Drivers earn up to $.50 per mile
  • Drivers average 2,800-3,400 miles per week
  • Empty miles/layovers/detention are all paid
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • 100% no-touch freight
  • Late model tractors

Ashley Distribution Services

Ashley Distribution Services

  • Drivers can earn up to $68,000 per year
  • Drive 1,000 to 1,500 mile radius from your hub
  • Enjoy weekly home time
  • Rewards for clean roadside inspections
  • Detention pay
  • Excellent benefits

Pride Transport

Pride Transport

  • $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Paid training & orientation for students/trainees
  • Solo drivers can earn 55 CPM with $.05 bonus
  • Team drivers can earn 70 CPM with $.05 bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Guaranteed detention/stop/layover/breakdown pay

Covenant Transport

Covenant Transport

  • $40,000 TEAMING BONUS for OTR CDL-A DRIVERS!
  • PAID HazMat endorsement if you don't have one
  • HazMat team drivers earn $.52 to $.56 cents per mile
  • $1,000 weekly pay guarantee for HazMat drivers
  • Covenant team matching program can team you up
  • Home time guarantee!

Dana Companies

DANA Companies

  • Paid training program for students/trainees
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit
  • Medical/vision/dental insurance + 401-k
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid vacations & holidays
  • Referral bonuses

Triple C Transit

Triple C Transit

  • Many drivers net $2,000 per week!
  • Paid 75% of earnings!
  • Paid orientation
  • Direct deposit
  • FREE fuel card
  • Rider policy available

Q Carriers

Q Carriers

  • $500 SIGN-ON BONUS on first paycheck!
  • New pay package starting at $.55 per mile!
  • Drivers average 2,600-2,800 miles per week!
  • Detention/layover/syop pay
  • Weekly pay with direct deposit
  • $1,500 driver referral bonus

U.S. Expediters

U.S. Expediters

  • Company drivers average $110,000 gross yearly
  • Owner operators average $280,000 gross yearly
  • Flexible home time
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit
  • Pet & passenger policy
  • Safety performance bonuses

Carleton Transport

Carleton Transport

  • Class A CDL drivers earn $57,500-$80,000 per year (DOE)!
  • Drivers are out 4-5 days & home weekly 2-3 days
  • $.02 to $.04 per mile payload bonus on loads over 52,000 lbs.
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit & pet ride along program
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance available
  • 401(k) savings plan with company match

PGT Trucking, Inc.

PGT Trucking, Inc.

  • Owner operators receive 75% of line haul revenue
  • 100% fuel surcharge
  • $1,000 driver referral bonus
  • 24/7 maintenance support
  • Great benefits
  • Roadside safety incentive

Getting Your CDL in Order to Work for Trucking Companies in Iowa

Prior to applying for jobs with Iowa trucking companies, you will need an Iowa  Commercial Drivers License (CDL). The first step to getting your CDL is applying for your Iowa Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). To do so, you must be at least 18 years old. You will need to pass a vision test and submit a valid Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) medical examination card that is not older than two years. Your last steps to getting your CLP will be passing a CDL general knowledge test and paying any required fees to the DMV.

What do trucking companies in Iowa require of their drivers?

The trucking companies in Iowa require their applicants to meet certain standards, usually referred to as hiring requirements. These requirements ensure that truck drivers are prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and effectively perform trucking jobs in Iowa. They also help protect truck drivers and the general public on the open roads.

Hiring requirements for Iowa trucking companies that you are likely to encounter include one or more of the following:

  • Class A CDL is required
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
  • Must have a safe driving record
  • Must have a good work history
  • A minimum of 1-year over-the-road (OTR) experience (in 4 or more states)
  • Veterans must have an honorable discharge within the last three years

Iowa Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

Money isn’t everything but it is the reason most of us seek employment. Truck driving jobs in Iowa can be rewarding and satisfying, yet you are probably wondering how much you will be compensated in such a position.

One drawback to employment with trucking companies in Iowa is the potential for a salary that is slightly lower than the national average. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2016, Iowa trucking jobs usually compensated truck drivers between $26,850 and $60,250 each year and had a median income of $39,740. In comparison, across America, truck drivers earn an average income between $26,900 and $63,100 annually with a median income of $41,340.

The trucking companies in Iowa report that their truck driver salaries are between $63,000 and $85,000 per year. With some Iowa trucking companies, solo drivers can earn up to $1,200 a week and team drivers can earn as much as $2,800 each week. Most companies offer sign-on bonuses for as much as $10,000. Some truck driving jobs in Iowa also offer retention, referral, and safety bonuses.

Trucking jobs in Iowa offer a variety of different benefits which may include:

  • Paid orientation
  • Pet policy
  • Up to $7,000 in tuition reimbursement
  • Benefits including, medical, dental, vision and 401k match
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • 24″ flat screen TV and DVR in newer trucks
  • New DIRECTV service in newer trucks
  • Fleet manager to driver ratio of 25:1
  • $0.05 CPM safety bonus for experienced drivers
  • Annual pay raises
  • Rider policy
  • NAVIGO GPS with turn-by-turn directions for truck drivers
  • Open door policy with access to top level management
  • Frequent and consistent home time
  • Veterans programs

Iowa Taxes and Cost of Living

Another point to consider when determining how much you can make in truck driving jobs in Iowa is the cost of living as well as state and local taxes. Earning more money in one state but having it go to pay for taxes or an increased cost of living can be quite a disappointment for some people.

Iowa ranks 8th for the highest state and local taxes with an average state and local tax rate of 11.87%. However, this state does have a lower cost of living than some other states. Before any taxes, the average cost of living for one adult with no dependents is $20,890. For a household with two adults and two dependents, the pre-tax average cost of living is $62,763.

The price of diesel gasoline is another factor you might need to consider when determining how much you will spend and how much you will earn when working for trucking companies in Iowa. As of May 2017, the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.340, while in Iowa the price is notably lower at $2.257. Keep in mind that the price of diesel fuel will vary from one day to the next and from one location to the next.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in Iowa

Each state in America has its own driving challenges and issues that can make work tougher on a truck driver. Iowa is no exception. While you won’t find congested traffic in most places in this state, you will find winter driving conditions.

In fact, some places in Iowa can receive nearly 40 inches of snow per year. Making sure you are comfortable and have experience driving on roads that are icy or snow-packed can be vital to your safety and to your success in truck driving jobs in Iowa. Be aware that winter weather conditions can cause faster wear-and-tear on your truck as well as cause delays in your schedule.

On the other hand, there are some positive aspects to truck driving in this state. For instance, Iowa doesn’t get too hot or humid, which can be bad for big rigs. In addition, this state is also rather flat, making it ideal for truck drivers.

Expected Growth for Truck Driving Jobs in Iowa

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a much higher than average rate of growth for truck driving jobs in Iowa between 2014 and 2024. A 14% growth is expected, which equates to 6,110 additional truck driving jobs in Iowa over this time period. For the U.S. as a whole, a 6% growth rate is expected for trucking jobs between 2014 and 2024 with an additional 40,450 job openings for truck drivers in total.

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