Truck Driving Jobs in KY

Apply for Truck Driving Jobs in Kentucky

Due to an increase in demand, trucking companies in Kentucky will be hiring more qualified truck drivers over the next several years. If you are searching for a new career or are just starting off on your own, you may want to consider truck driving jobs in KY.

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

All State Express

All State Express

  • Extra pickup/dropoff bonuses
  • Hiring bonuses
  • Safety bonuses
  • Spouse/child rider program
  • Pet rider program
  • Paid layovers

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

Whiteline Express, Ltd.

Whiteline Express, Ltd.

  • $10,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Regional Class A drivers earn up to $.50 per mile
  • Consistent freight
  • Weekly home time
  • Referral bonus & quarterly safety bonus
  • Medical/dental/disability/life insurance + 401(k)

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

KCH Transportation

KCH Transportation

  • Company drivers earn .45 -.50 per mile
  • 72% line haul for owner/operators
  • 2500-3000 miles a week
  • Weekly home time
  • Fuel Discounts
  • No forced dispatch

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

Arnold Transportation Services

Arnold Transportation Services

  • $5,000 sign-on bonus paid out $150 weekly
  • Drivers earn up to $.48 per mile base pay
  • Earn .02 on every mile you run safely each quarter
  • Rider and pet friendly
  • Excellent benefits
  • Paid vacation

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

Bolt Express

Bolt Express

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

Mesilla Valley Transportation

Mesilla Valley Transportation

  • $25,000 BONUS goes to driver with best end-of-year MPG!
  • A NEW CAR GIVEAWAY every quarter!
  • Solo drivers earn $.50 per mile!
  • Teams earn $.60 per mile (split)
  • Regional route drivers get guaranteed weekly home time!
  • Pet & rider friendly

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)

James J. Williams Transport

James J. Williams Transport

  • On-the-job paid training + weekly pay
  • Drivers can make up to $80,000 yearly
  • All miles paid (loaded & empty)
  • Quarterly safety bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Full tuition reimbursement from any driving school

TWT Refrigerated Service

TWT Refrigerated Service

  • OTRs average $48,000 – $55,000+ yearly (gross)
  • OTR drivers home 2-3 days/out 9-14 days
  • Teams average $65,000 – $75,000+ each yearly (gross)
  • Teams home 3-4 days/out 18-25 days
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Full tuition reimbursement from any driving school

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

Oakley Transport

Oakley Transport

  • Local drivers receive hourly pay with overtime
  • Paid weekly through direct deposit
  • Driver referral bonus
  • Premium health/dental/vision coverage
  • Safety bonus & vacation pay
  • 401-k with company contributions

XPO Logistics Intermodal

XPO Logistics Intermodal

  • $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Class A CDL drivers are guaranteed to earn $63,650 yearly!
  • Average 2,500-2,800 miles weekly with $1,250 pay guaranteed!
  • No touch freight for dry van operators
  • Full company benefits/401-(k)/vacation pay/paid holidays
  • Newer dedicated equipment

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

ProDrivers

ProDrivers

  • $2,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Local/regional drivers earn $1,100 weekly!
  • 8-10 hour work days
  • No-touch automotive freight
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance + 401(k)
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit

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

CalArk International

CalArk International

  • Competitive pay (paid weekly)
  • Monthly productivity bonus (earn up to 8 CPM more)
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance
  • 401k retirement savings plan
  • Late model equipment
  • Passenger & pet program

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

Ozark Motor Lines

Ozark Motor Lines

  • Drivers earn up to $.52 per mile (DOE)
  • Qualify for medical 1st day of employment
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • No NYC & No Canada runs
  • 100% no-touch freight
  • Rider & pet programs

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

Equity Transportation Company

Equity Transportation Company

  • 6 week paid CDL training for students/trainees
  • Lease purchase drivers can earn $.90 per mile (dispatched)
  • Health/vision/dental insurance + 401(k)
  • No forced dispatch
  • 100% no-touch freight
  • Riders & pets allowed

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!

Highway Transport

Highway Transport

  • $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Top drivers earn $90,000 to $100,000+ yearly!
  • Tank drivers can earn up to $2,000 weekly!
  • Home often during the week
  • Paid orientation & paid training
  • Excellent company benefits after 30 days

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

Container Port Group

Container Port Group

  • Home every night or weekend (if preferred)
  • No forced dispatch
  • No-touch freight
  • HazMat paid on each HazMat load
  • Paid weekly with direct deposit
  • Referral & roadside inspection 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

CAST Transportation

CAST Transportation

  • Drivers receive top pay rates
  • Frequent home time
  • 100% paid employee health insurance
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Paid vacations & paid holidays
  • Seniority/ & clean roadside inspection bonuses

Mason & Mefford, Inc.

Mason & Mefford, Inc.

  • $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS for solo drivers!
  • Dedicated route drivers earn $1,150 per week
  • $5,000 SIGN-ON BONUS & $1,500/week (HazMat/Tanker)
  • $8,000 SIGN-ON BONUS for teams!
  • Team drivers earn up to $1,500 per week
  • Consistent miles

Millenial Transport Services

Millenial Transport Services

  • Solo drivers & teams welcome!
  • No-touch freight (mostly drop & hook)
  • Sign-on bonus & vacation pay
  • Paid weekly & no HazMat
  • Detention/breakdown/layover pay
  • Medical/dental/vision/life insurance

Morgan Van Lines

Morgan Van Lines

  • OTR drivers can now earn up to 50 CPM base pay
  • Drivers are home EVERY weekend!
  • Pet & rider policy
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Monthly safety bonus
  • Quarterly driver retention bonus

Triple D Supply

Triple D Supply

  • $1,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Competitive pay
  • Drivers can get up to 3,000 miles per week
  • Safety/mileage/fuel/referral bonuses
  • Layout pay
  • Brand new efficient equipment

ISKRA FREIGHT

ISKRA FREIGHT

  • Hiring OTR owner operators and regional drivers
  • Dry van and reefers
  • Driver starting pay is $.47 per mile
  • Owner operators take 90% of load
  • Flexible home time – always restart 34 at home
  • Excellent benefits package

Loggins Logistics, Inc.

Loggins Logistics, Inc.

  • 100% Owner operator
  • HOME ON THE WEEKENDS
  • Drivers get paid 72% to 80% of gross
  • Limited deadhead (most average less than 12%)
  • Health insurance plan
  • Rider program

G&D Integrated

G&D Integrated

  • Midwest regional drivers average of $76,000/year or more!
  • Southeast regional drivers average $60,000/year or more!
  • ALL G&D drivers are home weekly or more!
  • No-touch freight (drop & hook only)
  • 9 vacation days your first year after 90 days
  • Great benefits including health insurance + 401(k) savings

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

Eagle Eye Truck Lines

Eagle Eye Truck Lines

  • OTR drivers average 2,800 to 3,200 miles per week!
  • 100% no-touch freight & no NYC
  • No forced dispatch & paid detention
  • Extra drop & pickup pay & paid all miles
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance
  • Pet & rider friendly

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

In order to be employed at truck driving jobs in KY, you must get your Commercial Drivers License (CDL). The first step in doing so is to obtain your Kentucky Commercial Learners Permit (CLP).

You must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a CLP. The requirements for getting a CLP include having a Kentucky Class D driver’s license for at least one year, providing a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card that is under two years old, and proving that you are a United States citizen and a permanent resident of Kentucky. You will then be required to pay the required fees and have a passing score on the CDL general knowledge exam. Once you have met all of these requirements, you will be issued a CLP.

What do the trucking companies in Kentucky require of their drivers?

Kentucky truck driving companies pride themselves in performance, safety, and customer satisfaction. For these reasons, applicants must meet or exceed certain hiring requirements. Although these requirements are not the same for every trucking company, most are very similar.

Common hiring requirements for Kentucky trucking companies include one or more of the following:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must have a Kentucky Class A driver’s license
  • 6 months over-the-road (OTR) driving experience preferred
  • No more than three moving violations within the last 3 years

Kentucky Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

Most Kentucky trucking companies require little to no experience to get started in this field. This means you can be making a good wage at truck driving jobs in KY without any certifications or any college education. The pay and benefits are one aspect of this career that attracts many people from all walks of life.

On average, according to data collected by the United States Department of Labor, trucking companies in Kentucky pay their truck drivers somewhat less than the national average for this career field. As of 2016, trucking jobs in KY compensated truck drivers between $25,770 and $62,140 per year, with the median income of a truck or tractor-trailer driver being $40,270. Nationally, truck drivers make between $26,900 and $63,100 each year with a median income of $41,340.

The trucking companies in Kentucky advertise that truck drivers have the potential to earn between $63,000 and $85,000 annually. Other trucking companies in Kentucky pay solo drivers up to $1,200 per week and team drivers up to $2,800 per week split.

In addition to a reliable salary, many truck driving jobs in KY provide sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000. Other bonuses that you may be able to earn include referral bonuses, retention bonuses, and safety bonuses.

Kentucky trucking companies often offer the following benefits:

  • Paid vacation
  • Paid orientation
  • Weekly spending allowances
  • High tech trucks that are less than two years old
  • Predictable home time
  • Never a slow season
  • Fuel and tire discount programs
  • Pet and rider programs
  • Up to 3,000 miles weekly
  • 24/7 dispatch
  • Quarterly safety awards
  • Health, Dental, Prescription, Vision and Life Insurance
  • 401K Match
  • Discount employee stock purchase program

Kentucky Taxes and Cost of Living

In order to accurately determine the salary you need and how much money you will make, you also need to take a look at the cost of living expenses in Kentucky. Local and state taxes will also make a different in how much of your pay you take home.

Typical living expenses in Kentucky for a household of one adult and no children are $21,145 before standard wage deductions. The same expenses for a household with two adults and two children in Kentucky are $61,893. Out of all 50 states and Washington D.C., Kentucky is ranked #14 for the highest average state and local tax with a rate of 12.01%.

If you are simply employed by one of the many trucking companies in Kentucky, you will have your fuel paid for by your employer. However, if you choose to become an owner-operator, you are responsible for paying for your own diesel fuel. This means that you should pay attention to diesel prices, knowing they can impact how much money you make at the end of the day. As of May 2017, the national average for a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.338, while in Kentucky the price is somewhat less at $2.260 per gallon.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in Kentucky

While there are many benefits to truck driving jobs in KY, there are also some drawbacks, such as road and weather conditions. A large portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains are located in this state, which can make for steep driving grades and create the potential for mechanical or brake issues.

Winter weather here can also impact the safety and efficiency of those working in truck driving jobs in Kentucky. Most areas of Kentucky will see at least some snowfall throughout the winter months, making it imperative that truck drivers have experience driving on snowy or icy roads with limited visibility.

On the bright side, truck drivers in Kentucky will not usually have to deal with temperatures above 90 degrees. They will also not have to deal with congested or slow traffic unless they are driving through a heavily populated area such as Frankfort or Louisville.

Expected Growth for Truck Driving Jobs in KY

Between 2014 and 2024, the United States Department of Labor expects a slightly higher than average rate of growth for truck driving jobs in KY, when compared with the same career across other states. Kentucky is expected to have an 8% growth with nearly 2,000 additional truck driving jobs in KY by the year 2024. In the U.S., jobs for people driving heavy and tractor-trailers are expected to grow by 40,450 between 2014 and 2024, which represents a 6% growth overall.

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