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Trucking Jobs in California

Many key industries in California rely on truck drivers to transport goods. For example, with more than 25 million acres of land in the state dedicated to farming and ranching, truck drivers are crucial for helping the agricultural industry get the product to market.

Truckers also support California’s booming tech and electronics market by delivering component parts to manufacturers and hauling the final product to distributors.
If you’re looking for a stable career with plenty of opportunities, few professions are as in demand as trucking. Learn how much truck driving jobs in California pay, which companies are hiring, and what license you need.

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make in CA?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean wage for California truck drivers in 2020 was $51,400 per year or $24.71 per hour.

Trucking jobs in California can pay well in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas with the following average salaries:

Truck Driving Job Growth in CA

The BLS expects trucking jobs in the U.S. to grow by 2% through 2029. Although this rate is slower than the average job growth for all occupations, it only takes into account the number of new jobs added—not open or unfulfilled roles.

In other words, the industry will add an estimated 30,600 new trucking jobs by 2029. However, the actual number of job openings will be much greater because the 2% doesn’t reflect the number of drivers who leave the trucking profession due to retirement, or job openings that are currently going unfilled.

Trucking Companies Hiring in California

Most major job boards list a variety of truck driving jobs in California. Below are examples of some recently posted job titles and salaries for drivers based in California.

Shultz Transportation — Sacramento, CA

  • Jobs: OTR, Reefer
  • Pay: $70,000 – $100,000 per year

Aco Logistics Inc. — Chino, CA

  • Jobs: Long Haul Driver, Local Driver
  • Pay: $8,000 – $10,000 per month

Elite Anywhere Corporation — Indio, CA

  • Jobs: Home Furniture Delivery
  • Pay: $160 – $300 per day

Carvana — Sacramento, CA

  • Jobs: Vehicle Transport
  • Pay: $55,000 – $75,000 per year

Estes Express Lines — San Bernardino, CA

  • Jobs: Local Truck Driver
  • Pay: $71,300 – $80,500 per year

ProDrivers — Visalia, CA

  • Jobs: Auto Parts/Materials Hauler
  • Pay: $21 per hour

How to Get a Truck Driving Job in California

To become a truck driver in California, you must first meet the age requirements. To drive intrastate (California only), you have to be 18 or older. If you drive across state lines (interstate) or haul hazardous materials or waste (HAZMAT), you need to be at least 21 years old.

You also need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to get trucking jobs in California. Here’s how to get your CDL and find a truck driver job.

Step 1: Decide What Class of Commercial Driver License You Need

California has three CDL classes:

Commercial Class A (CDL A)
You need this CDL to drive a semi-tractor-trailer combo. Class A is for operating a combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 pounds or more and pulling a trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of over 10,000 pounds.

Commercial Class B (CDL B)
This category is for driving a vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 pounds or more that doesn’t pull a trailer, pulls a trailer with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less, or has three axles and weighs more than 6,000 pounds.

Commercial Class C (CDL C)
This CDL classification is for driving Class C vehicles that transport hazardous materials or are passenger or tank vehicles.

Step 2: Go to a Reputable CDL Training Program in California

Unlike professions that require years of costly training, you can complete CDL training in a few weeks. It’s not overly expensive, and some companies may even offer to pay for it.

CDL training has two parts:

  • Classroom training involves studying the California CDL Handbook and taking practice tests so you can get your learner’s permit.
  • Hands-on training is when you learn how to do trip inspections, proper trailer coupling and uncoupling, and how to drive the truck.

Beginning February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require entry-level commercial drivers to attend CDL training from a provider listed in the Training Provider Registry.

A list of reputable CDL training schools in California can help you get the training you need.

Step 3: Pass Your CDL Knowledge and Skills Exam

Once you complete the classroom portion, you can take the exam (along with any CDL endorsements) at a California DMV location. Before you go, make sure you meet all of California’s CDL requirements.

Step 4. Apply to Your First California Trucking Jobs

Many companies are hiring for new truck driver jobs in California. Learn about some of the biggest trucking companies and browse current job listings.

Truck Driver Resources in California

Below are some state-specific resources that can help you launch and succeed in your trucking career.

California Department of Motor Vehicles provides general information on licensing, registering, and regulating vehicles

California DMV Commercial Driver’s Licenses Information Page and Handbook gives detailed information on applying for a CDL, classes and certifications, safety regulations, and more

California Trucking Association is the biggest trade association for trucking in California

Western States Trucking Association is an independent, nonprofit association

Harbor Trucking Association represents carriers servicing the west coast ports, including California

Regional private Facebook groups such as Southern California Truck Drivers USA and So-Cal Trucker Group provide connection opportunities for truck drivers

Truck Driving Jobs Near Me

Trucking Carriers Near Me

99 Cents Only Stores Inc
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 75 Trucks and 109 Drivers
Access
Livermore, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 84 Trucks and 84 Drivers
Advanced Industrial Services
Bakersfield, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 86 Trucks and 87 Drivers
Alpha Beta Company
La Habra, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 240 Trucks and 355 Drivers
American General Transport LLC
Carlsbad, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 167 Trucks and 167 Drivers
American Pacific
Chino, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 114 Trucks and 127 Drivers
Ampco System Parking Ampco System Transportation Services And Health Care Parking Systems
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 551 Trucks and 1423 Drivers
Apex Bulk Commodities LLC
Adelanto, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 179 Trucks and 225 Drivers
Apria Healthcare Inc
Lake Forest, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 1223 Trucks and 1721 Drivers
Arakelian Enterprises
City Of Industry, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 394 Trucks and 434 Drivers
Aramark Uniform And Career Apparel LLC
Burbank, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 3496 Trucks and 3863 Drivers
Arizona Pipeline Company Inc
Hesperia, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 431 Trucks and 450 Drivers
Asbury Environmental Services
Compton, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 242 Trucks and 159 Drivers
B &L Casing Service
Bakersfield, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 94 Trucks and 189 Drivers
Best Chauffeured Worldwide
Huntington Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 25 Trucks and 89 Drivers
Best-1 Trucking
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 41 Trucks and 89 Drivers
Bettendorf Trucking
Arcata, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 146 Trucks and 190 Drivers
Big Moose LLC
Burbank, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 20 Trucks and 98 Drivers
Bolton Truck Line Inc
Fresno, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 119 Trucks and 103 Drivers
Britz Simplot Grower Solutions LLC
Fresno, CA
  • Intrastate Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 174 Trucks and 393 Drivers
C A N Transport Inc
Carson, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 63 Trucks and 96 Drivers
C M I
Long Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 520 Trucks and 520 Drivers
California Intermodal Associates Inc
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 101 Trucks and 100 Drivers
Calportland
Glendora, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 467 Trucks and 326 Drivers
Calportland Company
Glendora, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 113 Trucks and 128 Drivers
Chipman Relocation & Logistics And Chipman Relocations
Alameda, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 167 Trucks and 131 Drivers
Classic Party Rentals
Inglewood, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 552 Trucks and 414 Drivers
Color Spot Nurseries Inc
Fallbrook, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 71 Trucks and 87 Drivers
Conco Pump - Conco
Concord, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 153 Trucks and 127 Drivers
Cox Petroleum Transport
Bakersfield, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 126 Trucks and 298 Drivers
Ctp Transport Inc
Manteca, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 90 Trucks and 90 Drivers
Dalton Trucking Inc
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 130 Trucks and 135 Drivers
Desert Coastal Transport Inc
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 101 Trucks and 104 Drivers
Destination Shuttle Services
Los Angeles, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 34 Trucks and 97 Drivers
Direct Delivery Service Inc
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 140 Trucks and 94 Drivers
Dirksen Transportation Inc
Chino, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 138 Trucks and 165 Drivers
Dispatch Transportation
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 116 Trucks and 120 Drivers
Dispatch Transportation LLC
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 95 Trucks and 93 Drivers
Edco Disposal Corporation
Lemon Grove, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 264 Trucks and 237 Drivers
Emj
Lynwood, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 259 Trucks and 224 Drivers
Enterprise Rentacar Alamo Rentacar National Car Rental Enterprise Truck Rental
Los Angeles, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 993 Trucks and 261 Drivers
Evans Dedicated Systems Inc
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 84 Trucks and 166 Drivers
Excel Transporting & Tow
Bloomington, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 99 Trucks and 103 Drivers
Express America Courier
Fullerton, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 20 Trucks and 90 Drivers
Food Express Inc
Arcadia, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 182 Trucks and 200 Drivers
Fox Rent A Car Inc
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 87 Trucks and 139 Drivers
Frank C Alegre Trucking Inc
Lodi, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 169 Trucks and 145 Drivers
Freund Baking Co
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 54 Trucks and 150 Drivers
Gaelco Leasing Inc
Dixon, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 156 Trucks and 117 Drivers
Gazelle Transportation Inc
Bakersfield, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 137 Trucks and 259 Drivers
Gold Coast Tours
Brea, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 52 Trucks and 94 Drivers
Golden State Foods -Or- Quality Custom Distribution Services
Irvine, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 623 Trucks and 1145 Drivers
Green Fleet Systems LLC
Carson, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 88 Trucks and 131 Drivers
Griley Airfreight
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 122 Trucks and 99 Drivers
Harbor Distributing And Gate City Beverage And Allied Beverages
Anaheim, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 285 Trucks and 275 Drivers
Horizon Scripted Television Incorporated
Burbank, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 90 Trucks and 150 Drivers
Integrity Retail Distribution Inc
La Mirada, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 98 Trucks and 98 Drivers
K V S Transportation Inc
Bakersfield, CA
  • Intrastate Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 494 Trucks and 438 Drivers
K&R Transportation
Long Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 210 Trucks and 210 Drivers
Keolis Transit America
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 447 Trucks and 433 Drivers
La Costa Limousine
Carlsbad, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 7 Trucks and 93 Drivers
Lincoln Transportation Services Inc
Compton, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 129 Trucks and 129 Drivers
Lux Bus America
Anaheim, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 67 Trucks and 109 Drivers
Mail Innovations
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 86 Trucks and 106 Drivers
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area LLC
Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 44 Trucks and 111 Drivers
Materials Transport
Corona, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of N Trucks and 350 Drivers
Mike Lowrie Trucking Inc
Dixon, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 132 Trucks and 132 Drivers
Mojave Foods Corp
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 64 Trucks and 106 Drivers
Mountain Valley Express Co Inc
Manteca, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 171 Trucks and 207 Drivers
Mv Contract Transportation Inc
Fairfield, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 259 Trucks and 1650 Drivers
Mv Public Transportation Inc
Fairfield, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 395 Trucks and 390 Drivers
Nature'S Best Distribution Inc
Brea, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 80 Trucks and 143 Drivers
Numark Transportation Inc
Fresno, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 47 Trucks and 84 Drivers
Pacific 9 Transportation Inc
Carson, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 145 Trucks and 145 Drivers
Pds Trucking Inc
Carson, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 86 Trucks and 86 Drivers
Pictures In A Row
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 115 Trucks and 140 Drivers
Poseidon Trucking Corp
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 32 Trucks and 92 Drivers
Psav Presentation Services
Long Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 85 Trucks and 86 Drivers
Rain For Rent
Bakersfield, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 781 Trucks and 1036 Drivers
Rainbow Environmental Services
Huntington Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 92 Trucks and 92 Drivers
Reliance Metalcenter Bralco Metals Reliance Steel Affiliated Metals Olympic Metals Tube Service Co Lusk Metals Cps
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 119 Trucks and 117 Drivers
Roy Miller Freight Lines LLC
Anaheim, CA
  • Intrastate Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 98 Trucks and 93 Drivers
Royal Trucking Co
Concord, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 195 Trucks and 195 Drivers
Safe Way Transportation Inc
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 260 Trucks and 260 Drivers
Skyway Inc
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 150 Trucks and 150 Drivers
Skyway System Inc
Fontana, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 100 Trucks and 175 Drivers
Stage 16 Pictures LLC
Burbank, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 85 Trucks and 85 Drivers
Starving Students Inc
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 113 Trucks and 179 Drivers
Superior Tank Lines
Colton, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 43 Trucks and 94 Drivers
Tci
Commerce, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 125 Trucks and 160 Drivers
Team Campbell Logistics Pacific LLC
City Of Industry, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 68 Trucks and 117 Drivers
The Salvation Army
Long Beach, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 525 Trucks and 382 Drivers
The Vons Companies Inc
Los Angeles, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 229 Trucks and 445 Drivers
Toshiba Business Solutions
Irvine, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 64 Trucks and 91 Drivers
Trius Trucking Inc
Fresno, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 130 Trucks and 120 Drivers
Usko Express Inc
Citrus Heights, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 80 Trucks and 97 Drivers
Valley Farm Transport
Dixon, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 139 Trucks and 110 Drivers
Waste Management Collection & Recycling Inc
Fresno, CA
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 409 Trucks and 282 Drivers
Western Regional Delivery Service
Fullerton, CA
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 93 Trucks and 88 Drivers