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As a resident of Alaska, it should be no surprise to you that the state really relies on its truck drivers. There are hundreds of small communities in Alaska that rely on shipments from trucking companies for their food, material goods, medical supplies, and more. When you think about the harsh weather that Alaska can experience, it is clear why it is so important for companies to have skilled and dedicated drivers. If you are willing to drive all over Alaska, you may be in an even better position to advance your career
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Alaska Truck Driving Salary Information
Your trucking career in Alaska can start right now—just take a look at our Alaska trucking jobs below and apply for any positions that interest you!
Overall, the trucking industry is growing in the United States. It is growing even more quickly in Alaska. O*Net predicts a 14% increase in trucking jobs by the year 2022. They report that the average salary for an Alaska truck driver is $52,300 per year (O*Net, 2014). This is over $10,000 more than the national average salary for a tractor-trailer driver (O*Net, 2014).
Prior to beginning a truck driving job, you must earn a commercial driver's license through the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. Alaska is like many states in its education requirements; while you must be able to pass a written exam and skills exam, you do not need to attend any specific school to gain these skills.
The Division of Motor Vehicles does provide a commercial driver's license manual. Your training course will likely cover this information. However, it can be helpful to study it beforehand to get an idea of what you need to know.
After you complete a training course, you have to pass a three-part skills test before you can get your commercial driver's license. The practical exam includes a pre-trip inspection, a basic skills test that takes place in a parking lot or training lot, and a road test that requires you to drive on the open road.
Once you get your commercial driver's license, it must be renewed every five years by your birthday.
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Truck driving can be a solitary job, given how much time you spend on the road by yourself. Many new truckers find it helpful to join a local association that puts them in contact with other people in the transportation industry. The Alaska Trucking Association is the largest trucking association in the state.
Numerous membership benefits are available to licensed truck drivers. You can receive travel advisories on current road and weather conditions, learn about construction updates, and take advantage of services offered to members. In addition, the Alaska Trucking Association has an annual truck driving championship that sends one driver to the National Truck Driving Championship.