Trucking Companies in the U.S.: A Guide to Choosing Your Employer

If you're considering a trucking career, you have many types of jobs and companies to choose from. Starting the process can be daunting.

How can I find a trucking company near me?

How do I know if a truck carrier is right for me?

What are some of the highest-revenue OTR companies anyway?

We answer these questions and more in this article.

How Many Trucking Companies are in the United States?

There are approximately 799,342 private carriers and 84,763 other interstate carriers in the U.S., or 928,647 carriers total. Those included in the "other interstate carriers" segment either didn't specify their type of company or checked multiple boxes.

As of 2018, there were 36.9 million trucks registered for business use. Most carriers are small companies: 91.3% of companies have six or fewer trucks, and 97.4% have fewer than 20.

How Do I Choose the Right Trucking Company for Me?

There's a known truck driving shortage across trucking companies of many sizes, from small independent carriers to mega carriers with huge fleets—meaning jobs are often plentiful. With this many companies in the country, choosing the right one for you could be hard. A few things to consider when choosing one are:

  • If the trucking company has a hub near you
  • Pay and benefits
  • Work/life balance
  • Company-paid training or training cost reimbursement
  • Reputation and comments from current and former employees on sites like Glassdoor

Then, of course, there's the "gut feeling." When you go in for an interview, pay attention to how people behave and interact to determine if this is the place for you.

Which Companies Offer Company-Paid Training or Tuition Reimbursement?

The best way to determine if a company offers company-paid training or tuition reimbursement is through the company's website. For either option, you likely need to sign a contract agreeing to work for the employer for a specific amount of time, so make sure you choose wisely.

What are the Largest Truckload Trucking Companies in the Country?

Below, we've listed 14 of the largest full truckload companies in the U.S. The ones on this list all offer over-the-road (OTR) positions, though some may also have regional and local options. Due to these trucking companies' sizes, many may have trucking hub locations near you. Check their websites to verify.

The list was determined by the companies' annual revenues. When possible, the information was obtained directly from the brands' sites. Otherwise, Transport Topics was used for the data.

1. J.B. Hunt

J.B. Hunt focuses on customer and employee satisfaction, with discounted gym memberships and support for their workers' mental health.

This company is headquarted in Lowell, Arkansas and has an annual revenue of approximately $9.2 billion.

2. Schneider

Founded in 1935, this company focuses on safety, integrity, respect, and overall excellence. They also have sustainability and charitable initiatives.

This company is headquarted in Green Bay, Wisconsin and has an annual revenue of approximately $5 billion.

3. Knight Transportation

Knight Transportation believes drivers should be able to access a welcoming place to rest nearly everywhere your journey may take you. Their terminals not only have standard amenities like showers, but they also have free laundry, outdoor areas away from the work hubbub, and no-cost wifi.

This company is headquarted in Phoenix, Arizona and has an annual revenue of approximately $4.8 billion.

4. Landstar

Rather than having company-owned vehicles, everyone who drives for Landstar is self-employed. They work directly with drivers and companies to arrange transport.

This company is headquarted in Jacksonville, Florida and has an annual revenue of approximately $4.1 billion.

5. Ryder

Ryder was named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes and the Most Valuable Employer for Military by CivilianJobs.com.

This company is headquarted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has an annual revenue of approximately $4 billion.

6. Werner Enterprises

Werner is a global transportation company hiring both company drivers and owner-operators, allowing them to be one of the largest trucking companies in the United States.

This company is headquarted in Omaha, Nebraska and has an annual revenue of approximately $2.5 billion.

7. Prime Inc.

Prime Inc. promises 24 hours off for every seven days of work, thanks to their focus on work-family balance. They also provide personalized health and nutrition assistance for their drivers.

This company is headquarted in Springfield, Missouri and has an annual revenue of approximately $2.3 billion.

8. U.S. Xpress

U.S. Xpress prides itself on focusing on its employees before numbers. They also have environmental and safety initiatives.

This company is headquarted in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has an annual revenue of approximately $1.7 billion.

9. CRST

In the last several years, CRST has grown thanks to acquiring several other transportation companies. They hire new and experienced drivers, as well as contracting owner-operators.

This company is headquarted in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and has an annual revenue of approximately $1.6 billion.

10. Crete Carrier Corporation.

Crete Carrier Corporation hires both company and owner-operators to drive for them. The top 50% of their OTR company drivers average more than $83,000 per year.

This company is headquarted in Lincoln, Nebraska and has an annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion.

11. Ruan

Ruan is a family-owned company with over 6,000 team members. They haul all sorts of freight, including liquids, hazardous materials, and medical supplies, among other important products.

This company is headquarted in Des Moines, Iowa and has an annual revenue of approximately $1 billion.

12. Covenant Transportation Services

Covenant' is a faith-based company. However, they hire people from all backgrounds and are committed to not pushing religious beliefs on their employees—they use this faith to implement their guiding principles of empathy, servanthood, and virtue (meaning integrity, honesty, and fairness).

This company is headquarted in Chattanooga, Tennessee and has an annual revenue of approximately $895 million.

13. Heartland Express

Though called Heartland Express, the company has terminals throughout the country. If you're returning to driving after a hiatus, they offer a two- to four-week paid refresher program to get you back on the road.

This company is headquarted in North Liberty, Iowa and has an annual revenue of approximately $597 million.

14. PAM Transport

PAM believes in treating employees fairly and vendors equitably. They hire experienced and inexperienced drivers alike, and they also help brand-new drivers find schools and pay their tuition.

This company is headquarted in Tontitown, Arkansas and has an annual revenue of approximately $514 million.