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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.
Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For ProfessionsRankings - 1 month ago
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:
  1. Morristown, TN
  2. Midland, TX
  3. Fayetteville, AR
  4. Casper, WY
  5. Gary, IN
  6. Odessa, TX
  7. Fargo, ND
  8. Billings, MT
  9. Bismarck, ND
  10. Michigan City, IN
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.

How we determined the best cities to be a truck drivers?

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:
  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay
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:
  • 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.


                                                      Avg Salary     Starting Salary
1
$46,250
$32,270
2
$46,420
$32,560
3
$43,830
$29,500
4
$55,190
$36,030
5
$47,970
$31,160
6
$45,550
$31,020
7
$44,470
$31,410
8
$47,440
$33,050
9
$56,020
$39,040
10
$47,900
$33,950
11
$45,430
$32,710
12
$46,990
$31,850
13
$48,140
$33,500
14
$44,100
$29,890
15
$42,750
$28,960
16
$45,330
$31,470
17
$46,480
$30,830
18
$47,450
$32,100
19
$44,990
$30,610
20
$41,360
$27,150
21
$45,110
$32,370
22
$47,360
$33,490
23
$44,030
$28,530
24
$50,220
$31,830
25
$43,230
$31,570
26
$41,090
$31,150
27
$42,920
$28,320
28
$45,720
$26,680
29
$44,650
$28,220
30
$49,830
$29,060
31
$44,320
$26,630
32
$44,540
$26,810
33
$45,220
$25,740
34
$47,620
$34,460
35
$44,340
$28,730
36
$44,660
$26,790
37
$42,300
$25,510
38
$43,980
$32,420
39
$41,570
$26,750
40
$42,280
$28,530
41
$45,590
$30,300
42
$45,110
$25,140
43
$44,800
$33,350
44
$44,920
$31,110
45
$45,880
$25,990
46
$37,550
$26,120
47
$42,280
$27,450
48
$43,580
$27,690
49
$43,410
$30,640
50
$40,000
$28,080
51
$44,590
$29,660
52
$43,880
$28,470
53
$43,770
$27,860
54
$42,320
$27,620
55
$44,340
$30,430
56
$42,670
$31,340
57
$54,100
$27,270
58
$45,340
$29,650
59
$46,750
$29,040
60
$41,600
$26,840
61
$51,130
$40,870
62
$41,430
$26,020
63
$42,190
$29,220
64
$39,300
$28,080
65
$42,080
$24,150
66
$44,560
$30,360
67
$42,930
$27,940
68
$40,350
$31,090
69
$44,840
$27,250
70
$38,290
$31,460
71
$41,310
$27,190
72
$43,430
$32,060
73
$45,800
$27,800
74
$43,020
$26,760
75
$39,990
$26,000
76
$49,180
$31,180
77
$39,110
$25,470
78
$43,050
$27,460
79
$47,000
$33,310
80
$39,030
$26,630
81
$40,490
$27,140
82
$45,330
$32,910
83
$44,840
$26,580
84
$48,190
$32,390
85
$47,930
$28,510
86
$42,010
$30,730
87
$40,890
$26,580
88
$48,530
$34,550
89
$39,240
$26,000
90
$53,840
$33,760
91
$47,110
$32,630
92
$41,000
$25,500
93
$39,310
$31,320
94
$38,820
$25,770
95
$43,200
$27,790
96
$41,840
$25,740
97
$42,330
$26,110
98
$40,070
$25,770
99
$41,400
$30,690
100
$40,760
$28,920

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