Truck Driving in North Carolina

North Carolina highway

State Overview

There are over 11,660 trucking companies in North Carolina and the industry employs 52,430 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $49,440 ($23.77 hourly). The highest paying areas are Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton with a Median Annual Salary of $43,320, Greensboro-High Point ($41,270), and Raleigh-Cary ($40,400).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in North Carolina


  • As the midpoint between Miami and Boston: plenty of work available
  • There are a lot of rural areas, so not much traffic
  • Great scenery and clean rest stops


  • Truck stops are few and far in between in certain areas
  • Lots of road construction on major interstates in the larger cities
  • Mountains make for a difficult drive

Truck Driving Tips for North Carolina

  • Learn how to drive on mountains
  • Avoid Charlotte, I-77 and I-85, during rush hour
  • Learn to drive as many different transmissions as possible so you always have a job
  • Remember to always get sleep and use the Smith System
  • Go receive your CDL training at your local community college for free