Truck Driving Jobs in Louisiana

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Truck driving jobs in Louisiana will be in demand slightly more than the national average over the next several years. If you are looking to jump into a new career that pays well with only a small investment of time and training, then look no further than truck driving jobs in Louisiana!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

United Petroleum Transports

United Petroleum Transports

  • $2,500 SIGN-ON BONUS for company drivers!
  • Company drivers can earn up to $80,000 yearly!
  • Home every day/night!
  • $2,000 referral bonus
  • Tractor fuel on-site
  • Group medical/dental/vision + 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

Logicorp Enterprises

Logicorp Enterprises

  • Experienced drivers make up to $76,000 yearly!
  • Drivers can make up to $.50 per mile
  • Medical/dental/life insurance
  • Referral bonuses
  • Paid vacation
  • Home every week

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

Knight Transportation

Knight Transportation

  • Paid CDL training available
  • Tuition reimbursement offered for new trainees
  • Solo drivers can earn a bonus of $.05 per mile
  • $500 referral bonus for experienced drivers
  • Pet and rider policy programs
  • Great benefits

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

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

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

Central Freight Lines

Central Freight Lines

Owner operators are welcome

  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefits
  • Great home time
  • Lease purchase program
  • Buy your truck after 4 years

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

TP Trucking

TP Trucking

  • Mileage/safety/fuel efficiency/referral bonuses
  • 401(k) matching retirement savings program
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • Paid vacation & holidays
  • No forced dispatch
  • Paid weekly

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

BCT, Inc.

BCT, Inc.

  • O/O Regional & dedicated lanes available
  • No-touch freight
  • No forced dispatch
  • Great home time
  • Consistent freight & miles
  • Paid licensing & fuel surcharge on all miles

COX Logistics

COX Logistics

  • Earn $50,000 to $80,000 in the next 12 months!
  • Company paid health insurance + matching 401(k)
  • Driver referral bonus
  • Quarterly bonus program
  • Weekly pay with direct deposit
  • Reliable late model equipment

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

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

HERMANN

HERMANN

  • SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Referral bonus
  • Safety bonus program
  • Paid holidays & flexible home time
  • Health care & free life insurance
  • Company match 401(k) savings plan

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

A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is specifically required in order to acquire CDL jobs in Louisiana. The first step to getting your CDL is to obtain your Louisiana Commercial Learners Permit (CLP).

You must be at least 18 years of age. If you intend to carry passengers or driver across state lines, you must be 21. To get your CLP, you are required to have one year of driving experience with a Class D Louisiana driver’s license, submit a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical card that is not older than two years, pass a CDL general knowledge test, and pay the related fees.

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

In addition to having your CDL Class A driver’s license, most of the trucking companies in Louisiana mandate that their applicants meet at least a few other requirements in order to get hired. Hiring requirements will be different among Louisiana trucking companies, however, they are often quite similar.

Some of the most common hiring requirements for truck driving jobs in Louisiana include one or more of the following:

  • Must hold a valid Class A CDL
  • Must be at least 21 years of age (some companies require 23 years of age)
  • At least 6 months of over-the-road (OTR) driving experience
  • Must meet DOT requirements and pass a DOT physical
  • Must pass substance screening
  • Must have a safe driving record
  • Must be able to fulfill the physical demands of the job

Louisiana Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

You may be drawn to CDL jobs in Louisiana for a variety of reasons such as the freedom of the open road, not having to work in close proximity to your boss or co-workers, or even for a chance to travel on someone else’s dime. Although, some people are simply drawn to truck driving jobs in Louisiana for the salary and benefits.

While you won’t strike it rich working for trucking companies in Louisiana, you will definitely make a good wage for someone that does not have a college degree. The United States Department of Labor reports that, as of 2016, trucking jobs in Louisiana paid truck drivers between $26,110 and $60,050 per year, with the median income of a truck driver being $38,920. Nationally, truck drivers made between $26,900 and $63,100 per year with a median income of $41,340.

The trucking companies in Louisiana advertise that their truck drivers can earn between $63,000 and $85,000 per year, depending on several different factors, like work experience and safe driving record. The majority of Louisiana trucking companies offer sign-on bonuses to new employees that range from $1,000 to $10,000. There are additional opportunities for bonuses based on driver safety, retention, and referrals.

It is common practice for Louisiana truck driving companies to offer some combination of the following benefits for those employed in truck driving jobs in Louisiana:

  • Weekly pay
  • Direct deposit
  • Reliable home time
  • Pet and rider programs
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid orientation
  • Spending allowance for the first five weeks
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401k
  • Trucks less than two years old with great amenities
  • 24/7 driver support

Louisiana Taxes and Cost of Living

Salary and benefits can be a deciding factor when making a major life decision, such as working for the trucking companies in Louisiana. However, many people forget to take into account local taxes and the average cost of living in an area where they will be living if they accept the position.

In Louisiana, the average living costs for a single adult is $22,195 prior to any applicable taxes. For a family in Louisiana with two adults and two children, the average living costs before taxes are $58,391. Louisiana takes 20th place for lowest state and local tax among all 50 states with an average tax rate of 10.33%.

If you become an owner operator doing business with trucking companies in Louisiana, you will need to pay for your own diesel fuel. This means that the price of fuel can affect how much money you actually get to take home. The good news is that the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in Louisiana is generally lower than the average for the rest of the country. As of May 2017, the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.338, while in Louisiana the average is significantly lower at $2.120 per gallon.

Of course, if you decide to get hired as a company truck driver instead of an owner operator, you will not have to worry about this expense since most trucking companies pay for their drivers’ diesel fuel.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in Louisiana

Truck driving jobs in Louisiana, just like those in any other state, can be made more difficult by traffic and weather. Both of these factors can potentially delay your schedule, impact your safety, and cause extra wear-and-tear on your vehicle.

You are not likely to experience snow-packed or icy roads in this state. However, depending on your route, you may run into quite a bit of rain, flooding, or even hurricanes. When temperatures creep up near triple digits in this state, your truck may also suffer.

Since Louisiana has several metropolitan areas and is more densely populated than other states, you may frequently experience traffic congestion and stop-and-go traffic conditions here. Not only can this be stressful during your work day, it can also cause extra wear-and-tear on your truck.

Expected Growth for Truck Driving Jobs in Louisiana

According to the United States Department of Labor, the state of Louisiana will experience a rate of trucking industry job growth at just above the national average. More specifically, a 7% growth is expected in job numbers between 2014 and 2024, compared to a 6% growth for the national average for truck driving jobs.

For trucking companies in Louisiana, this means an expected increase of 570 truck driving jobs each year. For the United States as a whole, truck driving jobs are expected to grow by 40,450 annually between 2014 and 2024.

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