Trucking Jobs in SC

Apply for Truck Driving Jobs in South Carolina

Trucking jobs in SC have many benefits over traditional jobs. You can begin work with only a few weeks of training and potentially even earn a higher salary than some college graduates. As a truck driver working for trucking companies in South Carolina, you will experience freedom and independence while on the job. Keep reading to find out about the exciting wages and huge incentives that truck driving jobs in South Carolina can provide you with.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Your CDL in Order to Work for Trucking Companies in South Carolina

You must have your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to legally drive a big rig and to apply for truck driving jobs in South Carolina. To get your CDL in South Carolina, you must first apply for a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP). You will need several documents including your identification and a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. You must also pass a CDL General Knowledge written exam.

After you have obtained your CLP, you can then schedule an appointment to take the CDL Skills Test. This test includes three different portions; a Pre-trip Inspection, a Basic Vehicle Controls Test, and an On-Road Driving Test. For this test, you will need to provide your own commercial vehicle that is the same type and class as the CDL that you are applying for. Proof of registration and insurance will also be required.

If you wish to apply for endorsements such as Tank Vehicle, Doubles and Triples, or HazMat, you can usually take these tests at the same time. Having these endorsements can increase the number of jobs you are eligible for. In fact, some trucking companies in South Carolina may even pay you to obtain one or more of these endorsements.

Once you have successfully passed the CDL Skills Test, your next step is to apply for trucking jobs in SC.

What do the trucking companies in South Carolina require of their drivers?

Most jobs have some basic qualifications or hiring requirements that applicants must meet, the same is true for truck driving jobs in SC. These qualifications help to ensure that truck drivers are prepared for the job and that they meet standards set forth by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Although these hiring requirements can vary from one company to the next, they are usually quite similar. Hiring requirements for trucking jobs in SC may include one or more of the following:

  • Must hold a valid Class A CDL
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • No DUIs in the past 5 years
  • No more than 2 moving violations within the last 3 years
  • No more than 2 preventable accidents within the last 3 years
  • At least 3 months of flatbed experience (flatbed jobs only)
  • At least 6 months of over-the-road (OTR) experience is preferred
  • Veterans must meet VA qualifications (if applicable)

South Carolina Truck Driving Salary and Benefits

South Carolina trucking companies pay very well, especially when you consider that they don’t require applicants to have any kind of post-secondary education to qualify for the job. However, even with this in mind, no matter what job you are applying for, your final decision will likely depend on what kind of salary and benefits you’ll receive if you take the job. These two factors have the ability to make a job well worth the effort or not worth it at all.

The trucking companies in South Carolina pay slightly lower than the national average, according to 2016 numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are offered one of the many trucking jobs in SC, you can anticipate a salary between $26,260 and $61,110. Additionally, the median salary is $38,340. In comparison, the national low annual salary for truck drivers is $26,900, the high is $63,100, and the median is $41,300.

You can earn between $45,000 and $85,000 per year as a truck driver, according to most trucking companies in South Carolina. If you have obtained an endorsement, you have the potential to earn more cents per mile. You may also qualify for bonuses between $4,000 and $10,000 for simply signing on, completing orientation, staying with the company for a pre-determined time period, or referring other eligible truck drivers to the company.

Common benefits offered by South Carolina trucking companies include:

  • Direct deposit or pay card
  • Flexible home time
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • Driver support
  • Pet-friendly trucks
  • Rider permits
  • Paid detention
  • Paid tolls and scales
  • Safe, well-maintained, newer equipment
  • Generous time off policy (vacation and personal)
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan
  • Discount employee stock purchase program
  • Veterans program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Spouse employment
  • Paid orientation

South Carolina Taxes and Cost of Living

When researching salaries for trucking jobs in SC, you should also pay attention to the average cost of living. This term refers to your general living expenses, which can vary depending on where you live. When it comes to the cost of living and average local taxes, South Carolina is a good place to put down roots.

In South Carolina, the average pre-tax cost of living for a single adult without dependents is $22,053. The pre-tax average cost of living for a household of two adults and two dependents is $57,997. South Carolina has the 9th lowest average state and local taxes out of all 50 states and Washington D.C. Here the average state and local tax rate is 8.84%.

Some truck drivers will choose to become owner-operators that conduct business with trucking companies in South Carolina instead of being employed by them. If this is you, you will need to keep track of and pay for your own fuel expenses. Fortunately, South Carolina has some of the lowest diesel prices in the nation.

As of June 2017, the national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is $2.368. In South Carolina, the price is only $2.042. Keep in mind that prices for gasoline often fluctuate based on the time of year and where it is purchased.

Driving Conditions for Truck Drivers in South Carolina

One drawback for those who have trucking jobs in SC is the road and traffic conditions. In South Carolina, truck drivers may need to drive through mountains with inclines and steep downgrades. These conditions can require extra attention and care as well as increase the wear and tear on a big rig.

If you work for any of the trucking companies in South Carolina, you should also be prepared for heavy traffic, especially in heavily populated or tourist areas like Columbia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach. Traffic congestion can cause delays in your schedule and stress.

In addition, as a truck driver, you should feel comfortable driving in heavy rain and high winds during hurricane season. You should also be prepared with an emergency plan.

Expected Growth for Trucking Jobs in SC

Truck driving jobs in South Carolina are expected to be in high demand through the next several years. Nationwide, a growth of 6% is predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2014 and 2024 for the entire truck driving industry. This means an additional 40,450 job openings for truck drivers in total. During the same time period, trucking companies  in South Carolina are expected to have an additional 640 job openings annually, which represents a growth rate of 9%.

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