Louisiana Over The Road Jobs

Are you ready to take your part in the trucking industry of the southern United States? With this region's focus on food manufacturing, retail, and industry, it's clear that the trucking industry plays a significant part in the area's economy. Becoming an over-the-road truck river in Louisiana can allow you to see a variety of states and enjoy a promising job outlook.

Louisiana has a significant need for truck drivers, and many truck driving companies especially need over-the-road drivers. According to O*Net, there are currently almost 25,000 tractor-trailer drivers in Louisiana. They expect that number to increase by 17% by 2020, leading to almost 1,000 new jobs per year (O*Net, 2010).

Salaries in this state are on par with national averages. The average truck driver, according to O*Net, earns $36,800 per year. They report salaries from $25,600 to $56,200 per year (O*Net, 2013). You may earn sign-on bonuses or a higher salary if you drive over-the-road.

There are many prominent truck driving employers in Louisiana. Some of the largest companies are TransWood, Groendyke Transport, A & R Transport, and Empire Express.

Featured Louisiana Trucking Jobs
$5K SIGN-ON BONUS!, Opportunity to earn up to $85,000 annually!, Home weekly (or more!), Solo, dedicated route, Great benefits and local support, Guaranteed weekly pay
$2,000 Sign-On Bonus Available!, $1,450 Average Weekly Pay!, Consistent, Dependable Hometime , Same Rate of Pay for Empty and Loaded Miles, Top Earners Make Up To $86K Annually!, 100% Paid Medical Premium
$4,000 Sign-On Bonus for 1 Year Flatbed Experience! , $2,000 Sign-On Bonus for All Other Experience!, Paid Weekly, Consistent Miles Each Week, No flatbed experience? No problem! Flatbed training is available at orientation!
Make Up to $.53 CPM, Average up to 3,000 miles per week on our flatbed fleet!, Minimal loading, Consistent lanes, Paid VIP Orientation
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 Bonus, Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits
$5,000 Sign-on Bonus, Company-matched 401(k), Medical, dental and vision health benefits
Top Pay, Orientation & Training Pay, Driver & Family Focused, Late Model, CSA Friendly Equipment, 401K & Full Health Coverage, Tarp/OD/Hazmat Additional Pay
Paid Vacation, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Consistent take-home pay week to week
Sign on Bonus - $7,500 , Paid Vacation, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Consistent take-home pay week to week
Sign on Bonus - $7,500 , Paid Vacation, Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, Consistent take-home pay week to week
$3,000 OTR Transition Bonus, $100 Productivity Bonus—Limited time only!, CPM Increase for OTR Positions, Dedicated Routes, Regional and Local Positions
Average Weekly Earnings of $1,100, Weekly Hometime, Weekly Paychecks, Driver Ranking Program - Earn Even More for Your Safe Driving!

The first step to becoming an over-the-road driver is learning how to drive a tractor-trailer. Some people prefer to get a job first and then learn how to drive at their place of employment. However, if you want to be a competitive applicant, you should consider attending truck driving school first. This allows you to choose a trucking school that fits your schedule and offers enough training.

Earning a Class A license, which is recommended for most OTR drivers, generally takes about six weeks. As a trucking student, you can learn lots of what you need to know in an over-the-road setting. Your instructors may teach you how to provide proper documentation, how to properly weigh and assess your truck, and which federal driving laws affect truck drivers. This builds a foundation of knowledge you need to safely drive a truck. Most trucking schools in Louisiana provide lots of driving experience, so you can get experience driving in different settings and times of day. This is crucial—driving over-the-road may require you to safely and comfortably drive on different types of roads.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles oversees the licensing of commercial drivers. After you pass the list of required tests, you can get your driver's license and start driving!