Local Truck Driving Jobs
Interested in a Local Truck Driving Job?
Are you interested in driving a truck for a living but want to be able to return home on a daily basis? If you’re considering putting your driving skills to use in a local truck driving career, keep reading to learn more about what it’s like to work in this career. You can also find jobs driving locally directly from our site.
As a local driver, you may work for a regional trucking company, a shipping company, or a manufacturer. Typically, you drive a truck that is owned and paid for by your employer, rather than one that you own yourself. However, if you do own your own rig and work as an owner-operator, you may earn more to offset the costs of truck ownership.
Unlike regional and over-the-road jobs, which may allow you to drive on your own schedule and when it is convenient for you, local jobs often have set hours. You may be scheduled to drive between eight and 10 hours per day, depending on the needs of your employer.
Depending on how many stops you have on your daily route, you may spend most of your day driving or loading and unloading your haul. If you are responsible for the loading and unloading of your truck, your job may be extremely physical. Plan on using safety equipment to appropriately load your truck at the start of each day and unload at each stop.
If your stops are drop-and-hook stops, you simply back your truck to the appropriate spot and drop your load. You don’t have to lift or unload anything in this type of job. When you complete your work for the day or evening, you can take your truck back to your employer, return home for the night, and get ready for the next day of work.
The pay structure for local drivers usually differs slightly from the pay structure for regional/OTR drivers. Rather than getting paid by the mile, you may get paid an hourly rate. This is due to the fact that you drive the same local routes every day, rather than covering lots of miles every day.
A Local Truck Driving Job Might Be for You!
You may drive a light truck, a delivery truck, or a tractor-trailer as a local driver, depending on which type of commercial driver’s license you have. Light truck and delivery truck jobs are more common in this career.
The type of truck you drive may have a significant impact on your salary. O*Net reports that light truck drivers earn an average salary of $29,170 per year, while tractor-trailer drivers earn an average salary of $38,700 per year.
The job outlook varies from job title to title. From 2012 to 2022, O*Net expects light truck driving job openings to increase by 4%. In this same time frame, they anticipate an 11% increase in tractor-trailer job openings (O*Net, 2012).
Driving locally can give you the freedom of being on the road every day while allowing you to enjoy time with your family every evening. Take a look at local truck driving job listings below to get started!