Truck Driving in Kansas

Kansas highway with signs

State Overview

There are over 7,520 trucking companies in Kansas and the industry employs 19,260 drivers. The highest paid truck driver earn $51,970 ($24.99 hourly). The highest paying areas are Wichita with a Median Annual Salary of $40,749, Kansas non-metropolitan area ($38,370), and Topeka ($38,040).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Kansas

GOOD: 

  • The speed limit is 75 mph for trucks
  • Plenty of rest areas to stop at
  • No big hills to drive on, so you can see the trucks that’ll be passing by

BAD: 

  • Generally lower pay in Kansas
  • Not enough overnight parking spots for trucks
  • Fast moving winds, will have to pull over when things get bad

Truck Driving Tips for Kansas

  • Apply yourself, get the endorsements, HAZMAT generally pays best
  • There’s a lot to see when driving through Kansas. Its beauty is beyond compare
  • Pay at passways
  • Make sure you have an up-to-date atlas that includes bridge heights
  • Many accidents can be prevented by communicating road conditions ahead of you

Fellow Truck Drivers in Kansas Say:

 “Never let yourself get complacent…”

Teresa B. – 18 years driving experience

GOOD
The semi straight roads and the 75 mi/ he speed limit. There is plenty of rest areas as well.

BAD
Not enough parking places for trucks

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Your first 2 years are difficult as you learn, but it becomes easier. Never let yourself get complacent in your driving because that’s when things can go terribly wrong. There is a lot to see when driving through Kansas, it’s beauty is beyond compare

 

“HAZMAT Endorsement usually pays best!”

Lonnie D. – 35 years of experience

GOOD
Typically a family friendly atmosphere.

BAD
Generally lower pay.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Apply yourself, get the endorsements, hazmat generally pays best! Lease-purchase if necessary so you can own your own truck!

 

“Make sure this is the right career for you”

Cesar S. – 100,000 miles on the road

GOOD
Get too see the country

BAD
Being away from family

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Make sure it’s right for you. Be safe!

 

“Pay at passways”

Wade B. – 600,000 miles under my belt

GOOD
Know big hills to stay on niche and flat and can see what the truck will be passing by.

BAD
Fast moving winds.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Look two times for a two wheeler.

 

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