Truck Driving in Oregon

Road signs above an Oregon highway

State Overview

There are over 6,100 trucking companies in Oregon and the industry employs 21,160 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $49,770 ($23.93). The highest paying areas are Corvallis with a Median Annual Salary of $52,680, Bend ($47,490), and Medford ($42,600).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Oregon

GOOD: 

  • No sales tax
  • Does have some large truck stops, TA-3, Jubitz, Pilot (Rice Hill)
  • Roads are in pretty good shape, and great scenic views, lots of nature

BAD: 

  • Speed limit for trucks is 55 mph
  • Not enough truck stops east of the Cascade Mountains
  • Weather is unpredictable. Always wet with rain and snow

Truck Driving Tips for Oregon

  • Plan your route and stops, since truck stops are far apart
  • If you live close to the I-5, check on the companies with business in cities along I-5
  • Don’t go long haul
  • Certain vans are better than flatbeds. Tarping in the snow is a pain and dangerous
  • Some of the roads can be very slick in winter

Fellow Truck Drivers in Oregon Say:

“Great state with wonderful places”

Spencer C. – 36 years driving OTR and local

GOOD
One is you get to see this great state and the wonderful places and people all over it.

BAD
Yes avoid I-5 and I-205 during rush hours at all costs if possible, drive at off peak hours if possible.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Be careful and watchful of Oregon and Washington drivers, they’re not like other states and they panic easily, cut you off and they’ll run right into you thinking its their right to take your lane without warning or signal.

 

“Weather isn’t too extreme”

Meredith B. – 4 years of experience

GOOD
The weather isn’t too extreme.

BAD
Portland seems to be behind in accommodating the people that have moved here in terms of adding lanes to existing roads. Therefore, most of the Portland metro areas sucks for traffic.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Don’t give up. I was told that most local truck driving companies want you to have 2 years OTR experience.

 

“Portland is frustrating”

Chuck S. – 30 years driving experience

GOOD
The roads are good, the traffic isn’t bad

BAD
55 mph speed limit and Portland is frustrating to drive through

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Try to stay on interstate 5 or 84.

 

“Great drivers, unpredictable weather”

Michael V. – 28 years on the road

GOOD
Fellow Drivers and the cost of living is in line with pay

BAD
Weather for a good portion of the year is unpredictable.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Get used to the smell of Plywood 🙂 Curtain Vans are better than Flat beds Tarping in the snow is a pain and dangerous.

 

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