Truck Driving in Florida

Florida highway under sunny sky

State Overview

Over 60,000 trucking companies & exporters in Florida, and over 72,280 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $47,400 ($22.79 hourly). The highest paying areas are Jacksonville with a Median Annual Salary of $42,510, Lakeland-Winter Haven ($42,190), and Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach ($40,300).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Florida

GOOD: 

  • Opportunity, easy work, many local jobs, good for starter
  • Well maintained infrastructure, few weigh stations in the South
  • Weather is nice, flat land, no snow or ice, beautiful scenery

BAD: 

  • Hard to get home time as OTR, few loads coming into/leaving the South
  • Traffic is horrible near big tourist towns. Toll roads
  • The heat and humidity in summers, hurricane season peaks in Aug-Sept

Truck Driving Tips for Florida

  • OTR offers better pay for new drivers…but there are fewer jobs
  • LTL freight companies & private fleets generally pay well
  • Drive flatbed to make the most money
  • Get with a union, your pay scale is protected
  • Be aware of weather conditions

Fellow Truck Drivers in Florida Say:

“Trucking will take you places”

Joreca W. – 1 Year under my belt

GOOD
Plenty of driving opportunities

BAD
The heat, traffic, and small roads

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Trucking is a great career, it will take you places

 

“Flat land”

Gerald C. – 3 Years of experience

GOOD
No hills or mountains

BAD
Congestion around major cities

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Stay with one company for a year before seeking out another employer

 

“Suck up low pay for 2 years”

Peter V. – 3 Years driving experience

GOOD
No ice or snow

BAD
Not a lot of freight coming in

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Practice, practice, practice. You have to suck up low pay for 2 years and then you can get a good job.

 

“Will train opportunity”

Brandon C. – 1 Year of experience

GOOD
It’s a will train job opportunity

BAD
Home time can be hard to come by if you’re doing OTR. If you live in South Florida it can be especially tough

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
It’s a lifestyle, not a job. Be prepared to be away from home

 

“OTR offers better opportunities”

Robert H. – 9 years on road

GOOD
Nice scenery…

BAD
Poor pay… $14 an hour to start…that’s with experience…

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
OTR offers better opportunities and better pay for new drivers…but there are a limited few OTR companies that operate out of Florida…but if you like to travel and make good money, that’s your best bet. Get with a union if possible…that way your pay scale is protected…and you’re guaranteed good great paying jobs…

 

“LTL and private fleets pay well”

Bruce B. – 26 years driving experience and over 2 million miles

GOOD
Overall the infrastructure is well maintained versus other states

BAD
The traffic in South Florida can be bad

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Try LTL freight companies they generally pay well. Private fleets generally pay better to. Do your homework before picking a carrier to work for. Don’t get talked into a lease purchase agreement.

 

“Drive flatbed to make the most money”

Eugene R. – 4 Years driving OTR

GOOD
Higher off the ground, easy work

BAD
Traffic and the humidity

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Drive flatbed to make the most money here in Florida

 

“Good natured people”

Harry S. – 2 years of experience

GOOD
Weather, good natured people

BAD
Lack of truck stops on east coast below St. Augustine. Overly medicated senior citizen drivers.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Keep open minded. Treat every day as a opportunity to learn something new.

 

“Be confident of what you doing take your time and practice.”

Charlens E. – 3 years on the road

GOOD
Flat land, never encounter any snow…

BAD
Traffic is one. Also Sun Pass sucks

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Stay confident, pre-route, listen to the weather. Don’t spend all your money at truck stops invest in your own truck appliances like a electric stove, skillet, etc.

 

“Snowbirds”

Shelly T. – 11 years on the road

GOOD
One good thing about driving a truck is the ability to see the landscape the beautiful scenery throughout the state.

BAD
The biggest problem I have encountered Driving in Florida is the snowbirds. This creates a lot of traffic.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Be confident of what you doing take your time and practice.

 

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