California Over The Road Jobs

Are you ready to drive a tractor-trailer all over California or all over the country? Many California employers rely on over-the-road drivers to transport goods to other parts of the state or to other states. You may transport food, products, or hazardous materials.

The year-round sunny weather in California can make this an excellent state for drivers, as you do not have to worry about snow or other hazardous driving conditions. To become an over-the-road driver, you need the training and experience that can help you safely navigate a truck.

According to O*Net, tractor-trailer drivers in California earn an average of $40,500 per year. This includes local and OTR drivers. If you become an OTR driver, you may be able to earn more than a local driver, due to the sacrifice involved in staying away from home for a week or more at a time. O*Net notes that most truck drivers earn between $26,800 and $61,700 per year (O*Net, 2013).

The job outlook in California is quite promising. Between 2010 and 2020, O*Net expects job openings for truck drivers to increase by 20%. This may lead to over 5,000 job openings per year (O*Net, 2010).

California has a range of trucking companies that often hire OTR drivers. Some of the most significant employers in this area are C.R. England, Earl L. Henderson Trucking, and Gordon Trucking.

Featured California Trucking Jobs
Weekly Pay, Flexible Home Time, Paid Vacation, Health Benefits, Bonus Incentives
Guaranteed Weekly Pay, Up to $95,000 Annually Per Driver!, $10,000 sign-on bonus!, Mileage, safety, and referral bonus opportunities
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Recently doubled paid layover & detention pay, Great benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, & 401k, Guaranteed home time; one day off earned for every week out
Sign-On Bonus Available!, Medical, dental and vision benefits, Paid holidays and Vacation, Guaranteed weekly pay
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Paid holidays and vacation
Home Weekly, Medical, dental and vision benefits, Paid holidays and Vacation
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Paid holidays and vacation, $1,500 Sign-On Bonus!
Sign-On Bonus Available!, Medical, dental and vision benefits, Paid holidays and Vacation
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Weekly paychecks, $2,500 Sign-On Bonus!
Flexible home time options, Medical, dental, 401k and vision benefits, Weekly paychecks, $2,500 Sign-On Bonus!
Home Weekly, Medical, dental and vision benefits, Paid holidays and Vacation
Guaranteed $1,350 a week, $0.54 CPM, Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 2017 and Newer Equipment, Midwest Lanes
Averaging 2,500 - 3,000 miles per week., Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits, No flatbed experience required!, $5,000 Sign-on/Retention Bonus
Avg. 2,400 Miles/Week, Competitive Stop Pay , $0.51 to $0.53 CPM based on experience, $5,000 Sign-On Bonus :$500 at first dispatch, $1,000 at 90 days, $1,000 at 6 mo, $2,500 at 12 mo.
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Affordable medical, dental, & life insurance, Pay increase every month your first year
Up to $8,000 in tuition reimbursement, Affordable medical, dental, & life insurance, Pay increase every month your first year
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
Medical, dental and vision insurance, plus flexible spending options., 401(k) savings plan with company match., Unlimited referral bonus potential.
$3,000 OTR Transition Bonus, Regional and Local Positions, CPM Increase for OTR Positions, Dedicated Routes
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,050, Home Every Other Weekend, Majority of Freight is Preloaded, Occasional Live Load, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Daily Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,100, Local Position - DAILY Hometime, Weekend Work Required, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Home Weekly, 2,100 Average Weekly Miles, Stop, Short Haul and Unload Pay, Round-trip Loads with Flexible Return Times
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekly Hometime, Unload Pay, 1,700 Average Weekly Miles, Lift Gate Trailers
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekly Hometime, Stop and Unload Pay, 2,000 Average Weekly Miles, Day Shift
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,200, Weekend Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!

Attending a truck driving training program is often the first step to becoming an over-the-road truck driver. Of course, learning how to drive a tractor-trailer is the focus of a program. Since OTR drivers often have to take very large loads, a Class A driver's license may be necessary for an over-the-road job.

In addition to driving skills, you can learn many other skills that are necessary for a truck driving career. You'll likely learn how to load and unload a truck, which may make you a valuable asset to employers. Your program may cover the handling of hazardous materials and passenger endorsements. As an OTR driver, you must also learn how to stay safe and alert while spending long hours on the road. You may learn about safely parking a truck for the evening and staying healthy while on a job.

After you complete your training, you must go to the California Department of Motor Vehicles and fill out a CDL license application. They can administer a written exam and a skills exam. You receive your license after passing both exams.