Having been a professional truck driver and trainer for more than 30 years, I find that you never, ever know it all. There are always new things to learn. My primary goal with this blog is to help other drivers (especially newer ones) with pertinent information and tips to enable them to work happier and more safely. Guest posts, contributors and feed-back are always welcome and wanted!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The 10 Best Cities For Truck Drivers
The following is a guest post thanks to Chris Kolmar and zippia.com, a "career expert" site. Links provided:
We used the most recent data to determine the best cities in America for Truck Drivers to open up shop.
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:
Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
Average annual salary.
Average annual salary for entry level work.
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. Click the "read more" link below for a chart.