Truck Driving Jobs in MN

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If you are like many people, you probably enjoy traveling and seeing different parts of the U.S. Although it may seem out of the realm of possibilities, you also might enjoy getting paid to do so. In fact, truck driving jobs in MN allow you to get paid a great salary while you drive to different parts of the country. As a trucker employed by Minnesota trucking companies, you can live out this very dream. Sure, you are on the clock, but you are able to see and visit many areas of the country.

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Taylor Truck Line, Inc.

Taylor Truck Line, Inc.

  • Competitive pay
  • Excellent benefits
  • Consistent miles
  • Well-maintained equipment
  • Great home time
  • Apply today!

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

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

Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling

Great Lakes Coca-Cola Bottling

  • Competitive pay
  • Consistent miles
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Health/dental/vision/life insurance + 401(k)
  • Short term and Long term disability insurance
  • Paid time off

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

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 Minnesota Trucking Companies

All truck drivers are legally required to obtain their Commercial Drivers License (CDL), to be eligible for truck driving jobs in MN. To get your CDL, you must first obtain your Minnesota Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). The process for doing this includes already having your Minnesota Class D driver’s license, proving your citizenship and residency, proving you are medically cleared to drive a commercial vehicle for Minnesota trucking companies, and passing a CDL general knowledge test.

After receiving your CLP, you are able to take your CDL skills test. For this test, you must provide your own test vehicle that is the same type as the license you are applying for. The test will include a pre-trip inspection portion, a basic controls portion, and a road skills portion. You will be required to competently demonstrate several different road skills to the examiner such as merging, speed control, left and right turns, and expressway driving.

What do Minnesota trucking companies require of their drivers?

Minimum hiring requirements are not the same for all trucking companies in MN, however, they are usually quite similar. While hiring requirements will vary slightly from company to company, the most common hiring requirements for Minnesota trucking companies are as follows:

  • Must possess a valid CDL-A license
  • Must be at least 21 years of age or older
  • No more than six jobs in the last 3 years
  • No more than three moving violations in the last 3 years
  • No DUI or any other felony in the past 5 years
  • Must pass a current DOT physical
  • Must take and pass a DOT drug test
  • At least 1 year of over-the-road (OTR) experience is preferred

Minnesota Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

Even if driving a tractor-trailer is something you have long dreamt about, your paycheck and employment benefits are also an important factor when choosing your future career and employment. Truck driving jobs in MN offer some exciting benefits and better than average pay.

Minnesota trucking companies generally pay their truck drivers more than the national average for this career field. Nationally, truck drivers will make between $26,900 and $63,100 annually with a median income of $41,340, according to the United States Department of Labor. As of 2016, trucking jobs in Minnesota usually paid truck drivers between $30,660 and $61,980 per year, with the median income of a truck or tractor-trailer driver being $43,090.

Solo drivers can earn 40 cents per mile and team drivers can earn 54 cents per mile split, as advertised by certain trucking companies in MN. Most drivers will make between $45,000 and $85,000 each year.

Minnesota trucking companies frequently offer bonuses for retention, relocation, signing on, safety and performance, and referrals. These bonuses usually range between $1,000 and $8,000 each which makes them an opportune way to put some more cash in your pocket when working in truck driving jobs in Minnesota.

Additionally, Minnesota truck driving companies usually offer at least some of the following benefits to those working in truck driving jobs in MN:

  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Retirement and savings plan coaches
  • Dedicated driver services team
  • 24/7 safety helpline
  • Health concierge service
  • Newer equipment
  • Paid orientation
  • Paid vacation
  • 401k
  • Paid weekly with option for direct deposit
  • Veterans programs

Minnesota Taxes and Cost of Living

Salary and benefits are important when it comes to accepting truck driving jobs in MN, however, the average cost of living should also be taken into consideration.

Unfortunately, Minnesota can be one of the more expensive states to live in when you consider average living expenses and state and local taxes. Out of all 50 states and Washington D.C., Minnesota ranks 9th for the highest average state and local tax with an average rate of 11.59%.

Typical living expenses in Minnesota for a household of one adult without children in Minnesota is $22,766 before standard wage deductions. The same expenses for a household with two adults and two children in Minnesota are $68,616.

When conducting business with trucking companies in MN, owner-operators will need to consider their fuel expenses when calculating how much they make as they are required to pay for their own diesel fuel. However, some Minnesota trucking companies offer fuel bonuses and incentives. The national average price for a gallon of diesel gasoline is $2.338 as of May 2017, while in Minnesota the price is slightly lower at $2.292.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in Minnesota

Minnesota is commonly known for its many lakes and beautiful scenery. Unfortunately, for those working in truck driving jobs in MN, it is also known for its snowy and icy road conditions.

If you work for Minnesota trucking companies, you will need to feel comfortable driving on roads that are slick and snow packed as well as have poor visibility. If you drive a flatbed truck, you may need to pull over to care for your cargo by tying it down or covering it with a tarp. You may also encounter road closure delays.

In some areas of Minnesota, such as the Twin Cities, you will need to be prepared for traffic congestion, especially during peak traffic hours. There are also many rural roads where you may not see another vehicle for miles.

Expected Growth for Truck Driving Jobs in MN

Although Minnesota trucking companies are expected to hire several hundred drivers each year, a slower than average rate of growth is expected for Minnesota trucking jobs. Between 2014 and 2024, the United States Department of Labor is expecting only a 4% growth rate with an additional 570 truck driving jobs in this state each year. In comparison, jobs for people driving heavy and tractor-trailers all across America are expected to grow by 40,450 between 2014 and 2024, which overall is a 6% growth rate.

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