Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Truck Drivers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer truck drivers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where truck drivers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for truck drivers.The result is this list of the best cities truck drivers:
So there you have it — Morristown is the best city when it comes to being a truck driver.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a truck driver? That would be Ithaca.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for truck drivers and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for truck drivers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well truck drivers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 412 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 412 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for truck drivers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for truck drivers.
Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $46,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,270
Location Quotient: 2.8
Total Jobs: 4,810
Average Annual Salary: $46,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,560
Location Quotient: 4.25
Total Jobs: 9,400
Average Annual Salary: $43,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,500
Location Quotient: 3.47
Total Jobs: 920
Average Annual Salary: $55,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,030
Location Quotient: 1.77
Total Jobs: 5,590
Average Annual Salary: $47,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,160
Location Quotient: 1.73
Total Jobs: 2,640
Average Annual Salary: $45,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,020
Location Quotient: 2.87
Total Jobs: 3,150
Average Annual Salary: $44,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,410
Location Quotient: 1.9
Total Jobs: 1,540
Average Annual Salary: $47,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,050
Location Quotient: 1.5
Total Jobs: 1,270
Average Annual Salary: $56,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,040
Location Quotient: 1.41
Total Jobs: 710
Average Annual Salary: $47,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,950
Location Quotient: 1.45
If you’re looking to start out your career as a truck driver these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a truck driver in America:
|10||Michigan City, IN||$47,900|
|11||Des Moines, IA||$45,430|
|12||Fond du Lac, WI||$46,990|
|14||Grand Forks, ND||$44,100|
|19||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$44,990|
|20||Sioux Falls, SD||$41,360|
|24||Mount Vernon, WA||$50,220|
|30||South Bend, IN||$49,830|
|40||Sioux City, IA||$42,280|
|44||La Crosse, WI||$44,920|
|46||Fort Smith, AR||$37,550|
|48||Corpus Christi, TX||$43,580|
|52||Kansas City, MO||$43,880|
|55||St. Cloud, MN||$44,340|
|75||Bowling Green, KY||$39,990|
|77||Little Rock, AR||$39,110|
|78||St. Louis, MO||$43,050|
|79||Montgomery County, PA||$47,000|
|81||Rapid City, SD||$40,490|
|87||Cedar Rapids, IA||$40,890|
|95||Baton Rouge, LA||$43,200|
|97||Fort Worth, TX||$42,330|
|99||Eau Claire, WI||$41,400|
|100||San Angelo, TX||$40,760|