Team Trucking Jobs
What are Team Truck Driving Jobs?
Truck driving can be a very solitary job. While this is perfect for people who like to work alone, it can be very isolating for those who enjoy having company while working and who prefer to work as part of a team. If you like the idea of driving for your career but don’t want to spend your days alone on the road, you may want to learn more about team trucking jobs.
Trucking teams are typically made up of two to four people. If you have people you want to drive with, you may be able to choose your own team. However, if you apply as a solo driver and indicate interest in being part of a team, you may be assigned a truck driving team. Some trucking companies make this option very appealing, as they allow you to train and drive with family members or friends. If you have a friend or family member looking for a career and you know that you can work well with them for long periods of time, you may be able to spend your days earning money with those closest to you.
Team jobs come with a variety of requirements, so you may be able to look for the one that best suits your needs. The majority of team driving jobs are over-the-road or regional. You and your other team members may set up a rotation or driving schedule that best suits everybody. While one person drives for their set amount of hours or miles, the other members of the team may rest, sleep, or complete other activities.
At the designated trade-off point, the driver gets to take a break while the next person drives. Since multiple people are driving, you may complete more miles on a daily basis than if you drive alone. This also helps you complete your routes more quickly. If everyone needs a break, you may stop the truck for the night and rest. However, stops are much less frequent than they are for solo drivers.
Since you get paid for the miles that you and the other members of your team drive, this may allow you to earn a higher salary overall. It is important to note, however, that the per-mile pay rate can be a bit lower than other trucking jobs. Many drivers find that they still earn more with the increased amount of miles.
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Team Trucking Job Outlook
Your job outlook may depend on which type of truck you drive. O*Net anticipates a 4% increase in light truck driving jobs between 2012 and 2022. in this same time period, they expect to see an 11% increase in tractor-trailer job openings (O*Net, 2012).
Salaries in this field also depend on which type of truck you drive. Light truck drivers earn an average of $29,700 per year, while tractor-trailer drivers earn an average salary of $38,700 per year (O*Net, 2013).
To find out what it's like to work as part of a team in the trucking industry, take the first step today and check out our team driving job listings below.