According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we can easily see which states have the greatest opportunity for truck drivers. For starters, if you want to find a job fast, move to the Midwest where there is the greatest concentration of jobs. The West Coast, on the other hand, is the least likely place to get a trucking job based on the number of companies hiring per capita. Continue reading to learn more about the current concentration of trucking jobs in the industry.

States With Most Trucking Companies

Surprisingly, the states with the most truck drivers are not necessarily the largest or most populated. These include:

  • Arkansas with 34,7000 trucking jobs  
  • Nebraska with 26,360 trucking jobs 
  • North Dakota with 10,560 trucking jobs
  • Iowa with 38,470 trucking jobs
  • Wyoming with 6,340 trucking jobs 

These states are measured by the concentration of jobs and by location quotients. Also, it has to be pointed out that Wyoming is at the top of the rankings. That state has an annual mean wage for 2018 with a salary of $50,200. This is right near the top of the highest paying states, which include:

  • Alaska truck drivers make an hourly mean wage of $27.71 or an annual mean salary of $57,630
  • Washington DC truck drivers make an hourly mean wage of $27.71 or an annual mean salary of $52,760 
  • North Dakota truck drivers make an hourly mean wage of $27.71 or an annual mean salary of $52,080
  • Nevada truck drivers make an hourly mean wage of $27.71 or an annual mean salary of $50,920
  • New York truck drivers make an hourly mean wage of $27.71 or an annual mean salary of $50,460

The states with the most truck drivers per employment in 2018 were:

  1. Texas 
  2. California
  3. Florida
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Ohio

The first two states on this list are obvious for why these are selected for this list. Texas had 191,490 truck drivers employed that year making an annual mean wage of $45,260. California has 53,110 fewer drivers who make slightly more at $47,300 a year. The next three states are wild cards in terms of size. 

You have Florida ranking in third with 87,960 truck drivers who earned $42,020 a year, which is the lowest salary for the top five states on this ranking. Pennsylvania had 82,330 truck drivers and Ohio had 74,090. The salary for Pennsylvania truck drivers was $46,650, and Ohio truck drivers earned $45,010 a year. 

Cost of Living Per State

Take a look at the current cost of living per state in the states with the most truck drivers currently employed. Sperling’s Best Places reports the cost of living in each state mentioned here in this article:

  • Texas 93.9
  • California 149.9
  • Florida 102.8
  • Pennsylvania 92.5
  • Ohio 82.6
  • Alaska 125.8
  • North Dakota 89.9
  • Nevada 110.5
  • New York 187.2
  • Arkansas 79.0
  • Nebraska 89.1
  • Iowa 83.7
  • Wyoming 98.1
  • Washington DC 152.1

According to the highest to the lowest cost of living, here we have:

  1. New York
  2. Washington DC
  3. California
  4. Alaska
  5. Nevada
  6. Florida
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Texas
  9. Wyoming
  10. North Dakota
  11. Nebraska
  12. Iowa
  13. Ohio
  14. Arkansas

This means that if you want to save money as a truck driver, North Dakota wins with the highest wage comparison to the cost of living. However, you do have to factor in the terrain, harsh winter weather, lack of urban development, and sparse living facilities of North Dakota. In addition, the main type of trucking jobs is in the oil mining industry here. Nevada is a close second with the fifth most expensive cost of living. Otherwise, in New York, Washington DC, and Alaska you are more likely going to earn enough money as a truck driver to maintain your lifestyle thanks to both high wages and a high cost of living.

Applying This Trucking Job Information

If you are ready to find a trucking job, this information will help you decide where to work. You can better gauge the trucking job market as you determine what trucking company will be ideal for your career goals. This information can also help you in making the most of a job transfer or relocation since you can better determine if your new salary in that state will meet your expectations.