Truck Driving in Idaho

"Welcome to Idaho" sign on side of road

State Overview

There are over 3,810 trucking companies in Idaho and the industry employs 13,000 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $50,720 ($24.39 hourly). The highest paying areas are the South-central Idaho non-metropolitan area with a Median Annual Salary of $46,400, North Idaho non-metropolitan area ($42,800), and East Idaho non-metropolitan area ($42,660).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Idaho

GOOD: 

  • A lot of great companies always looking for drivers
  • Light traffic at all times, gorgeous views

BAD: 

  • Constant DOT pullovers for inspections with portable weight scales
  • Most Idaho weigh stations are antique and outdated, the infrastructure is deteriorating and a lot of railroad crossings

Truck Driving Tips for Idaho

  • Get on with a company that uses union drivers and get paid more for doing the same job
  • Snow driving is dangerous, drive safe
  • Keep an up-to-date atlas to know bridge heights and road locations
  • Make sure you’re staying within DOT regulations at all times

Fellow Truck Drivers in Idaho Say:

“Be Patient and Learn from Your Peers”

Bill S. – 1 year driving experience

GOOD
Light traffic at all times and great scenery along with a lot of great companies always looking for drivers.

BAD
Constant DOT pullovers for level 1 & 2 inspections along with portable weight scales and railroad crossings.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Be patient and drive as much as possible while learning from your peers. Get on with a company that uses union drivers and get paid more for doing the same job.

 

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