Truck Driving Jobs in Tennessee

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If you are interested in a career that has a promising outlook for many years to come, look no further than truck driving jobs in Tennessee. Significant growth is expected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for truck driving jobs in this state. In fact, trucking companies in Tennessee will be hiring over a thousand truck drivers each year through 2024.

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

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

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

Kennesaw Transportation

Kennesaw Transportation

  • $2,500 sign-on bonus!
  • $10,000 5 year seniority bonus!
  • Solo drivers start out at $.42 per mile base pay
  • Teams can earn up to $.50 per mile (split)
  • Health/vision/dental/disability insurance
  • 401(k) with company match

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

SUNTECKtts

SUNTECKtts

  • $3,500 SIGN-ON BONUS for company drivers!
  • Great home time
  • Local/regional/dedicated/OTR runs available
  • Weekly pay with direct deposit
  • Driver referral & safety bonuses
  • Pet & rider policy

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

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

Smokey Point Distributing

Smokey Point Distributing

  • Flatbed solos can earn $64,000 yearly (54 CPM)
  • Flatbed teams can earn $74,000 yearly (34 CPM)
  • $1,000 raise upon annual review
  • Stop/tarp/layover/detention/breakdown pay
  • Major medical insurance + 401(k) savings plan
  • Orientation pay (about $540 gross)

D.M. Bowman

D.M. Bowman

  • Regional flatbed drivers can average 55 CPM
  • Local flatbed drivers can average 65 CPM
  • Team drivers can now earn up to 27 CPM each
  • Up to $.03 per mile in performance bonuses weekly
  • Medical/dental/vision/supplemental insurance
  • Up to $7,000 in tuition reimbursement

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

LTI Trucking Services

LTI Trucking Services

  • Earn $.44 cents per mile on all miles
  • Earn an additional 3 CPM in productivity pay
  • Drivers average $1,100 per week or more
  • Midwest fleet is home every week
  • Regional fleet is home every other week
  • Dedicated fleet is out for up to 3 weeks

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

Taylor Truck Line, Inc.

Taylor Truck Line, Inc.

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

QUICKWAY

QUICKWAY

  • Drivers earn $80,000 to $90,000/year depending on area!
  • Top drivers earn over $100,000+ yearly!
  • 2 days off and 5 days on with the 2/5 schedule
  • Paid vacation/holidays/personal days
  • Excellent benefits package after 90 days
  • Get home daily!

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

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

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

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

Alabama Motor Express

Alabama Motor Express

  • Competitive pay
  • Drivers average between 2,800 and 3,000 miles per week
  • Layover/loading/unloading pay
  • Brand new equipment
  • Medical/dental/vision + company paid life insurance
  • Company match 401(k)

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

Lawrence Companies

Lawrence Companies

  • QUARTERLY BONUS UP TO $3,000 PER YEAR!
  • Dry van drivers can earn up to $.46 per mile (DOE)
  • Flatbed drivers can earn up to $.51 per mile (DOE)
  • Home on the weekends and some weeknights!
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (avg. 8 CPM yearly)
  • Health/dental/life/disability insurance + 401(k)

TransForce

TransForce

  • Drivers can select their own route and schedule
  • $21 per hour + benefits and home daily
  • Full-time and part-time opportunities available
  • Drivers are paid overtime after 40 hours
  • Health/dental/vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan

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/stop 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

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

Hub Group Intermodal

Hub Group Intermodal

  • $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)

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

Sharp Transit

Sharp Transit

  • $4,000 SIGN-ON BONUS!
  • Home after every shift
  • Full benefits package
  • Medical/dental insurance + 401(k)
  • Paid vacation & paid holidays
  • Monthly safety bonus

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

CTDI

CTDI

  • Home on the weekends!
  • Mostly no-touch freight
  • Weekly pay & direct deposit available
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance & prescription
  • 401(k) with employer match & profit sharing
  • Paid time off & paid holidays

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

Prior to applying for jobs with any of the trucking companies in Tennessee, you will need a Tennessee  Commercial Drivers License (CDL). The first step to earning your CDL is to apply for your Tennessee Commercial Learners Permit (CLP). To do so, you will need to pay the required fees, submit the required documents that prove your age and state of residency, and pass the CDL General Knowledge Test.

Once you have your CLP, there is no waiting period to take the CDL Skills Test. This test has three separate parts. The Pre-trip Inspection tests your knowledge regarding the class of CDL you are applying for and ensures that your vehicle is safe for the road. If you do not pass this part, you will not be allowed to continue.

The Basic Vehicle Controls Test will test your skills and abilities when it comes to safely and effectively maneuvering your vehicle. Finally, the On-Road Driving Test is conducted on public roadways in the same class and type of vehicle that you plan to operate once you acquire your CDL. You will be required to demonstrate your ability to stop, start, brake, and turn, as well as other various maneuvers.

Once you have successfully completed all three portions of the CDL Road Test, you will be granted a CDL. Then you can begin applying for truck driving jobs in Tennessee.

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

All trucking jobs in Tennessee require applicants to meet certain standards, commonly known as hiring requirements. Meeting these requirements ensures that you are prepared with the necessary knowledge, experience, and skills to do the job. However, individual companies can set their own requirements so not every job will have the same ones.

You may encounter one or more of the following hiring requirements as you apply for a position with the various trucking companies in Tennessee:

  • Must possess a valid CDL-A license
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a safe driving record
  • Must have a good work history
  • Must be able to fulfill the physical demands of the job
  • At least 6 months of recent driving experience is preferred
  • Obtaining your Doubles and Triples endorsement a plus

Tennessee Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

You may have heard that the truck driving jobs in Tennessee are extremely rewarding, yet you have probably wondered how much you will get paid for such a position. Your salary might be higher than you think based on the fact that trucking companies do not require a college education or more than just a few weeks of training. Most people starting in this career have no prior experience and only a high school diploma or GED.

One drawback to employment with Tennessee trucking companies is the potential for a salary that is slightly lower than the national average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, truck driving jobs in TN usually compensate truck drivers between $24,170 and $62,220 each year with a median annual income of $39,430. In comparison, American truck drivers earn an average income between $26,900 and $63,100 annually with a median income of $41,340.

Truck driver annual salaries are between $45,000 and $70,000 on average, as stated by the different trucking companies in Tennessee. Keep in mind that truck drivers who have special CDL Endorsements, are more experienced, or have a safe work history will usually make more money.

Truck driving jobs in Tennessee offer a variety of lucrative benefits which may include:

  • Sign on bonuses
  • Relocation bonuses of up to $2,000
  • Weekly home time
  • Average truck age of 1.8 years
  • Affordable health, dental and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Military and military spouse friendly
  • Rider and pet permits
  • Newest equipment with automatic transmissions and the latest safety technology

Tennessee Taxes and Cost of Living

Another factor to think about when determining how much you can make with trucking jobs in Tennessee are the average living expenses. Working in a certain state with a high paying job may not be worth it if you have higher living expenses than in that state.

Tennessee ranks 6th for the lowest average state and local taxes with an average state and local tax rate of 7.97%. Before taxes, the average cost of living for one adult without dependents is $21,006. For a household with two adults and two dependents, the average cost of living before taxes is $54,620.

The price of diesel fuel is another factor you might need to consider to determine your earnings if you are an owner-operator partnering with Tennessee trucking companies. As of June 2017, the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.378, while in Tennessee the price is notably lower at $2.108. You will also need to remember that the price of fuel can change from one day to the next and from one location to the next.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in Tennessee

Drivers who work for trucking companies in Tennessee will likely get to see stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, if you work in this state, you will also need to drive through these mountains. Operating your vehicle on steep inclines and long downgrades can cause mechanical stress over time, forcing you to spend money for much-needed repairs. Keep in mind that mountain driving can also be somewhat hazardous, and may be both physically and mentally demanding.

If you are hired by one of the many trucking companies in Tennessee, you will also need to be prepared to drive on roads that are covered with snow and ice during the winter months. Fog can also be a frequent challenge truck drivers face, especially in the mountains. Not only do these conditions create a safety issue, they can also cause extra stress on you and on your truck.

Expected Growth for Truck Driving Jobs in Tennessee

A much higher than average rate of growth for truck driving jobs in Tennessee between 2014 and 2024 has been predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, a 12% growth is expected, which equals an additional 1,660 trucking jobs in Tennessee over this time period. For the U.S. on average, only a 6% growth rate is expected for trucking jobs with an additional 40,450 job openings for truck drivers in total between 2014 and 2024.

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