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Trucking Jobs in Illinois

With a long history as a hub of transportation given its central location in the U.S., Illinois can be a great place to establish a career in commercial trucking.

No matter where you reside in Illinois, ample access to the interstate system and proximity to major modes of transportation means you’re likely near some major trucking routes. Learn all about truck driver jobs in Illinois, including pay, job growth, and how to get your CDL in Illinois.

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make in IL?

In 2020, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in Illinois made a mean annual salary of $52,270, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The pay you can earn as a truck driver varies based on several factors, including years of safe commercial driving experience, type of freight hauled, and length of your route.

Salaries also depend on where in Illinois you work, with drivers in several metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas earning slightly more or less than the state average:

Truck Driving Job Growth in IL

Due to an increased demand for goods, the BLS estimates that truck driving opportunities in the U.S. will increase by 2%, or 30,600 jobs, through 2029. While this is slower than average growth, it doesn’t consider open trucking roles from unfulfilled positions or turnover as truck drivers leave the profession.

In particular, the Chicago metro area boasts the third-highest employment level of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers in the country, with 53,560 drivers.

Trucking Companies Hiring in Illinois

Reputable trucking companies are frequently looking for skilled truck drivers in Illinois. These companies have recent job postings for qualified truck drivers:

Brite Logistics

  • Jobs: OTR Drivers, Team Drivers, Owner-Operator Drivers

NFI Industries

  • Jobs: Company Drivers, Owner-Operators

Ryder

  • available: Truck Driver – Flatbed, Team Truck Driver

R+L Carriers

  • Jobs: Fuel Tanker Truck Driver, Linehaul Truck Driver

FedEx Freight

  • Jobs: Road Driver, City Driver

AMCAN Freight Lines

  • Jobs: Semi Truck Driver, Long Haul Car Hauler/Truck Driver

CPC Logistics

  • Jobs: Local Truck Driver, Local Seasonal Truck Driver

How to Get a Truck Driving Job in Illinois

Though truck drivers are in high demand, you need to follow certain steps and meet several requirements before landing a job. The process begins with getting your commercial driver’s license (CDL). The below steps can help you map out the route to your truck driving career.

Step 1: Decide What Class of CDL You Want to Pursue

There are three main CDL classifications you can choose from, depending on what type of vehicle you plan to drive:

  • CDL Class A is for multiple vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) or more than 26,000 pounds, if the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the tow vehicle is over 10,000 pounds.
  • CDL Class B is for a single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,000 pounds, provided the vehicle it’s towing is no more than 10,000 pounds.
  • CDL Class C is for a single vehicle with a GVWR between 16,001 and 26,000 pounds.

Step 2: Attend a Reputable CDL Training Program in Illinois

Once you decide on your CDL Class, search for a training program that provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to obtain your CDL. Comprehensive programs include both classroom and hands-on training.

Beginning in February 2022, new commercial driver’s license applicants must attend an approved CDL training program listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Training Provider Registry.

Step 3: Pass the CDL Knowledge and Skill Examinations

To take the tests (including any CDL endorsements), you must meet the below CDL requirements in Illinois:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Possess a valid Illinois CDL or non-CDL license as a base license
  • Provide Proof of Legal Presence in the U.S.
  • Self-certify your interstate or intrastate medical driving status

Once you pass the written tests, you are issued a Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP), which you must hold for 14 days before taking your skills/drive test.

Step 4: Apply to Illinois Trucking Jobs

With your CDL in hand, you can find your first trucking jobs in Illinois by researching trucking companies and browsing current truck driver job openings.

Truck Driver Resources in Illinois

For Illinois-specific information on becoming a truck driver and support and guidance to help you succeed in your truck driving career, check out these resources:

Illinois Driver Services Commercial Driver’s License Resources provides information on the state’s CDL requirements, including training and education.

Illinois CDL Commercial Driver’s License Study Guide is a comprehensive study guide to help you pass the CDL exams.

Illinois Trucking Association advocates for the trucking industry and provides guidance around the regulations for owning a trucking company, which may be especially helpful for owner-operators.

Illinois Trucking Association Facebook Page provides resources, news, and updates about trucking in Illinois and networking opportunities for truck drivers.

Truck Driving Jobs Near Me

Trucking Carriers Near Me

Acme Refining
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 162 Trucks and 143 Drivers
Adm Trucking Inc
Decatur, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 519 Trucks and 616 Drivers
Advacare Systems Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 134 Trucks and 134 Drivers
Af Systems LLC
Bensenville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 188 Trucks and 145 Drivers
Aftermath Services LLC
Aurora, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 41 Trucks and 136 Drivers
All Truck Transportation Co Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 299 Trucks and 298 Drivers
Allied Waste Services Of Chicago
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 173 Trucks and 173 Drivers
Altom Transport Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 355 Trucks and 349 Drivers
Ameri Freight Systems LLC
Bensenville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 325 Trucks and 217 Drivers
American Delivery Service LLC
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 138 Trucks and 200 Drivers
Amerifreight Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 197 Trucks and 136 Drivers
Archer-Daniels-Midland Company
Decatur, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 126 Trucks and 152 Drivers
Arjohuntleigh Getinge Group
Addison, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 218 Trucks and 347 Drivers
Armour Eckrich Meats LLC
Lisle, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 386 Trucks and 401 Drivers
Auto Driveaway
Lombard, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 252 Trucks and 205 Drivers
Av Carriers Inc
Burr Ridge, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 84 Trucks and 142 Drivers
Barrington Transportation Co Inc
Barrington, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 147 Trucks and 160 Drivers
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Deerfield, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 210 Trucks and 270 Drivers
Beelman Truck Co
East Saint Louis, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 709 Trucks and 711 Drivers
Benefit Trucking Inc
Burr Ridge, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 590 Trucks and 590 Drivers
Cardinal Transport Inc
Coal City, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 215 Trucks and 226 Drivers
Cassens Transport Company
Edwardsville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 1293 Trucks and 1145 Drivers
Cavallo Bus Lines Inc
Gillespie, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 101 Trucks and 176 Drivers
Central States Trucking Co
Bensenville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 317 Trucks and 328 Drivers
Continental Carbonic Products Inc
Decatur, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 180 Trucks and 230 Drivers
Crescent Electric Supply Company
East Dubuque, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 152 Trucks and 300 Drivers
Dillon Transport Inc
Burr Ridge, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 429 Trucks and 506 Drivers
Dpi Dedicated Logistics Inc
Hodgkins, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 105 Trucks and 173 Drivers
Eagle Training Services Inc
Lake In The Hills, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 10 Trucks and 169 Drivers
Fab Express Inc
Lemont, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 260 Trucks and 270 Drivers
FX Transpo
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 247 Trucks and 262 Drivers
Gatwood Crane Service
Arlington Hts, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 39 Trucks and 144 Drivers
Great Impressions Landscape
Bartlett, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 122 Trucks and 155 Drivers
Growmark Inc
Bloomington, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 622 Trucks and 660 Drivers
Gt Expedited Inc
Bartlett, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 162 Trucks and 172 Drivers
Holland Lp
Crete, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 103 Trucks and 170 Drivers
Homewood Disposal Service Inc
Homewood, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 190 Trucks and 139 Drivers
Hyatt Corporation
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 204 Trucks and 253 Drivers
Illinois Central School Bus LLC
Joliet, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 3180 Trucks and 3259 Drivers
Indianapolis Drywall Supply
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 725 Trucks and 847 Drivers
Joseph T Ryerson & Son Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 223 Trucks and 189 Drivers
Kickert School Bus Lines Inc
Lynwood, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 161 Trucks and 157 Drivers
Kraft Foods Group Inc
Champaign, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 123 Trucks and 243 Drivers
Maritime Delivery Services Inc
Joliet, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 160 Trucks and 160 Drivers
Market Day LLC
Itasca, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 124 Trucks and 300 Drivers
Megabus Com
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 42 Trucks and 140 Drivers
Mgr Freight System Inc
Countryside, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 159 Trucks and 159 Drivers
Multi Group Logistics Inc
Franklin Park, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 530 Trucks and 472 Drivers
Navistar Inc
Lisle, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 345 Trucks and 369 Drivers
New World Van Lines Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 278 Trucks and 254 Drivers
Nicor Gas
Aurora, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 317 Trucks and 317 Drivers
Pacella Trucking Express Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 230 Trucks and 255 Drivers
Packard Transport Inc
Channahon, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 225 Trucks and 225 Drivers
Prairie Farms Dairy Inc
Carlinville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 716 Trucks and 829 Drivers
Prairie Material Salesa No 1 Express And Cartage Co
Bridgeview, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 675 Trucks and 675 Drivers
Prairieland Fs Inc
Jacksonville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 184 Trucks and 248 Drivers
Prosport Express Inc
Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 150 Trucks and 193 Drivers
R & M Trucking Co
Franklin Park, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 154 Trucks and 259 Drivers
R P Lumber Company Inc
Edwardsville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 293 Trucks and 214 Drivers
Roadlink Transportation Solutions
Channahon, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 999 Trucks and 999 Drivers
Serta Mattress
Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 207 Trucks and 199 Drivers
Sheehan Pipeline Construction Co
Lawrenceville, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 185 Trucks and 207 Drivers
South Central Fs Inc
Effingham, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 85 Trucks and 165 Drivers
Standard Forwarding LLC
East Moline, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 339 Trucks and 482 Drivers
Star Elevator
Chicago, IL
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 12000 Trucks and 200 Drivers
Sunrise Transportation Inc
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 260 Trucks and 260 Drivers
Sysco Chicago Inc
Des Plaines, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 127 Trucks and 157 Drivers
T H Ryan Cartage Co
Maywood, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 210 Trucks and 216 Drivers
Tennant Truck Lines Inc
Colona, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 215 Trucks and 198 Drivers
The Chicago Tribune Co
Chicago, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 110 Trucks and 152 Drivers
The Parkng Spot
Chicago, IL
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 138 Trucks and 402 Drivers
United Stationers Supply Co
Deerfield, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 185 Trucks and 159 Drivers
Waste Management Of Illinois Inc
Lombard, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 1273 Trucks and 1149 Drivers
Waste Management Of Missouri Inc
Lombard, IL
  • Interstate Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 192 Trucks and 165 Drivers
Wirtz Beverage Illinois LLC
Cicero, IL
  • Intrastate Non-Hazmat Trucking Company
  • Fleet Consisting of 145 Trucks and 149 Drivers