Truck Driving in Arkansas

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State Overview

Over are 4,840 trucking companies in Arkansas and the industry employs 33,400 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $47,720 ($22.94 hourly). The highest paying areas are Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway ($38,310), West Arkansas non-metropolitan area ($37,060), and the Central Arkansas non-metropolitan area ($36,690).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Arkansas

GOOD: 

  • Truck driving jobs are everywhere and usually pay top scale
  • 2 of Arkansas biggest companies are Walmart and J.B. Hunt
  • Plenty of truck stops, roads are marked well

BAD: 

  • Northwest Arkansas I-49 has construction everywhere
  • Lots of slow areas around Little Rock
  • Getting fuel can be a nightmare

Truck Driving Tips for Arkansas

  • Take advantage of your CDL and make companies compete for your skills pay-wise
  • Find a company with great benefits and pay
  • Be careful of potholes and other road issues
  • Understand the fatigue that comes with night driving
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date atlas that includes bridge heights

Fellow Truck Drivers in Arkansas Say:

“Plenty of truck stops”

David B. – 20 years of experience

GOOD
Plenty of Truck stops, roads are marked well (direction signs).

BAD
Traffic such as little rock really congested getting fuel can really be a headache

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Good job and benefits and good pay

 

“Jobs are everywhere here”

Scott N. – 12 years driving experience

GOOD
Ordinary jobs are hard to come by and low paying. Truck driving jobs are everywhere and usually pay top scale. Almost everyone needs a CDL driver in their company.

BAD
Northwest Ar 49 is a complete nightmare. The construction has been going on for years and won’t be completed for a while.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Take advantage of your CDL and make companies compete for your skills pay wise.

 

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