Minnesota Truck Driving Jobs - CDL

Minnesota Trucking Jobs

A commercial driver's license is required to access any of the truck driving jobs in Minnesota. There are three classes within a CDL that can be obtained based upon the specifics of the vehicle being driven. Additionally, each employer may have additional requirements prior to offering a position.

Every driver needs to be made aware of the road conditions throughout Minnesota. While summers are traditionally warm and dry, winter can result in snowy, icy roads. This can make it harder to maintain control of the truck during such conditions.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the annual salary for truck drivers in Minnesota to be approximately $40,280. The actual amount paid to a trucker has to do with experience, the requirements of the job as well as the individual employer. Many truckers will also focus on getting more endorsements for the license, such as one to carry hazardous materials.

It's also important to understand the three classes of commercial licenses.

  • Class A is for any vehicle towing more than 10,000 pounds and a total gross weight over 26,000 pounds
  • Class B is for a single unit over 26,000 pounds.
  • Class C is for a single unit that is 26,000 pounds or less with an endorsement of HAZMAT, passenger or school bus.

Truck drivers must also note that the state strictly prohibits texting and driving. Provisional licenses are also not allowed to use a cellphone while driving.

The trucking jobs throughout the state are out there and more are expected to be available over the next 10 years according to the BLS.

Career Outlook for Minnesota Truckers

Though job openings aren't expected to increase as fast as the national average in Minnesota, there may still be a range of opportunities for new truck driving graduates. Between 2012 and 2022, O*Net expects 240 new light trucking jobs in Minnesota per year. During this decade, O*Net anticipates a 7% increase in heavy jobs in trucking.

A major benefit of beginning your trucking career in Minnesota is the higher-than-average salary range. O*Net reports that the average salary for a light truck driver is $31,500 per year. Their estimates show that heavy truck drivers claim a median income of $40,300 per year (O*Net, 2013). It's important to meet the requirements of the Division of Driver and Vehicle Services before you earn a CDL and start a truck driving job. There are three license classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C.

According to the Division of Driver and Vehicle Services, there are many endorsements available at each level:

  • Class C: must apply for Hazmat, passenger, or school bus endorsement
  • Class B: may apply for Hazmat, passenger, school bus, tank, or tank/Hazmat
  • Class B: may apply for Hazmat, passenger, school bus, tank, tank/Hazmat, and doubles/triples
  • Each endorsement has its own written test. You must pass these tests on top of the general knowledge exam required for your license level. Of course, a skills test is also necessary! The skills test checks your ability to handle a large truck, maneuver on the road, and handle basic driving skills.

    CDL Jobs in Minnesota

    When you decide to begin a career in a field like trucking, where most people work independently and you don't spend a lot of time with your coworkers, it can be hard to feel like you are part of the industry. As soon as you start your life as a trucker, it's important to become part of the local driving community and get to know other drivers. Look into joining a group like the Minnesota Trucking Association. With over 80 years in the trucking industry, this association provides networking opportunities for truckers, research-based information that can help you in your career, and training events to help you take your career further.

    According to the Star Tribune, Minnesota's growing need for drivers has created an environment in which many drivers can get what they need from their employers. Many shipping companies and manufacturers have even seen restricted growth because of a lack of drivers!

    Whether you're looking for job security, an increased earning potential, or a rewarding job that lets you see the country, trucking may have what you need. Learn more about opportunities with top carriers in Minnesota today! Use our listings to get started.

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