California trucking jobs

There are over 25,000 trucking companies in California and the industry employs 129,170 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $53,660 ($25.80 hourly). The highest paying areas are Santa Rosa-Petaluma with a Median Annual Salary of $50,520, San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City ($48,680), San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles ($48,460).

The drivers of California say

Good

  • Many smaller fleets that are always hiring
  • 55 mph speed limit saves fuel
  • No ice or snow. Great weather

Bad

  • Major traffic around Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • 55 mph speed limit on wide open highways
  • Strict weigh scale and highway patrol

Tips to New Drivers

  • A lot of restricted routes here and restricted weight crossing city bridges
  • Always make sure you have a working air conditioner
  • Make sure you don't break the 55 mph speed limit
  • Many intermodal and drop-and-hook positions anywhere in Inland Empire area
  • Freeways will be less congested in the evening
West Regional Class A Company Driver (5170)
- J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. - CA - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. - California - Company Driver Van

Drive with Pride. Drive with Passion. Drive with J.B. Hunt. Call 1-800-438-9536 to speak with a Career Placement Specialist today!! J.B. Hunt is seeking dependable Cla...

Regional OTR Class A Company Driver (5895)
- J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA - Company Driver Van

Drive with Pride. Drive with Passion. Drive with J.B. Hunt. Call 1-800-438-9536 to speak with a Career Placement Specialist today!! J.B. Hunt is seeking depend...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Lancaster, CA - Western Express - Lancaster, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Long Beach, CA - Western Express - Long Beach, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Palmdale, CA - Western Express - Palmdale, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Palm Springs, CA - Western Express - Palm Springs, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Palm Desert, CA - Western Express - Palm Desert, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Los Angeles, CA - Western Express - Los Angeles, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Oceanside, CA - Western Express - Oceanside, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - El Centro, CA - Western Express - El Centro, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Santa Barbara, CA - Western Express - Santa Barbara, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Riverside, CA - Western Express - Riverside, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - San Bernardino, CA - Western Express - San Bernardino, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Moreno Valley, CA - Western Express - Moreno Valley, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Anaheim, CA - Western Express - Anaheim, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - Vista, CA - Western Express - Vista, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!
- Western Express - Pacoima, CA - Western Express - Pacoima, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

Truck Driver - High Paying Flatbed $85k/year!Paid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land of Opportunity! ...

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or Mo
- Western Express - San Diego, CA - Western Express - San Diego, CA - Company Driver Flatbed

CDL A Truck Driver - Flatbed - EARN TOP PAY $85,000/yr or MorePaid Vacation & Excellent Benefits. Also Hiring Entry Level!Don't Wait, Call Now! 888-696-2105Welcome to the Land...

Team Truck Driver| Up to $10,000 Sign-on Bonus per Team
- Schneider - Los Angeles, CA - Schneider - Los Angeles, CA - Driver Training

Team Truck Driver | Up to $20,000 Sign-on Bonus per Team | French Camp, CA & Los Angeles, CA-161566 Team truck drivers in Schneider's Van Truckload Division enjoy some of the ...

Team Truck Driver| Up to $20,000 Sign-on Bonus per Team
- Schneider - French Camp, CA - Schneider - French Camp, CA - Driver Training

Team Truck Driver | Up to $20,000 Sign-on Bonus per Team | French Camp, CA & Los Angeles, CA-161566 Team truck drivers in Schneider's Van Truckload Division enjoy some of the ...

CDL-A Owner Operator Truck Driver - LTL Local
- Roadrunner Transportation - LTL & TL - Pleasanton, CA - Roadrunner Transportation - LTL & TL - Pleasanton, CA - Owner Operator Van

CDL-A Owner Operator Truck Driver - LTL Local Local Sign-On Incentive: $1,500 in ONLY 5 terminals: LA, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco & Commerce! Roadrunne...

CDL-A Owner Operator Truck Driver - LTL Local
- Roadrunner Transportation - LTL & TL - Fairfield, CA - Roadrunner Transportation - LTL & TL - Fairfield, CA - Owner Operator Van

CDL-A Owner Operator Truck Driver - LTL Local Local Sign-On Incentive: $1,500 in ONLY 5 terminals: LA, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco & Commerce! Roadrunne...


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7 comments from California drivers

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1 | "Traffic, traffic, traffic" Jan 2017

Hector M. - 14 years of experience

GOOD

You will get a lot of driving experience on the freeways and highways of California.

BAD

Traffic, traffic, traffic

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Be very cautious and be alert

2 | "Big state, great weather" Jan 2017

Vidal L. - 3 years of driving experience

GOOD

Big state, great weather, plenty of freight and miles

BAD

All interstates in Los Angeles at rush hour

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Take your time, there's always a way out

3 | "Watch out for the CHP" Dec 2016

Tom W. - 28 years driving experience

GOOD

The scenery on the coastline if you're lucky enough to get a load over there

BAD

CHP and the scales where they are unfair about inspections. California is a fast paced society and a lot of other drivers both truck drivers & automobile drivers are rude. California roads are not well maintained.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Be careful and be patient. Always pay attention to what vehicles are doing around you (watch your mirrors).

4 | "Make sure the AC works" Dec 2016

Silviu R. - 15 years on the road

GOOD

I like driving in California because we don't have snow, and we don't have to put chains snow. I also like the view out there in California.

BAD

The headache is to deliver in the summer.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

To be careful and respectful to each driver

5 | "Drive hard and pay attention!" Dec 2016

Ruben A. - 2 years driving OTR

GOOD

You can get a intermodule position or a drop and hook position pretty much everywhere in the area, don't have to stay out all week

BAD

You'll have a hard time if you choose to drive in the LA area

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Drive hard and pay attention, drive for all drivers out there, remember, they're not looking out for you!

6 | "There's always work and friends" Dec 2016

Joe E. - 4 years driving experience

GOOD

There is always work. Everybody is always hiring. There are plenty of smaller fleets that are always looking. Drivers bounce around to different companies frequently. (Once you're done with your training company, get out immediately!) With the exception of the Bay Area and Los Angeles, it is easy to find a spot to park for the night, especially along the I-5 corridor.

BAD

The pavement in the Bay Area and over the Grapevine is destroyed. It's as if you're off-roading all the time! This means that you have to work to keep your truck between the lanes because you're literally bouncing up and down at times. Your personal stuff )inside the cab) falls off all the time. The cigarette lighter outlet splitter disconnects from the bumpiness which means that you lose power in your GPS just when you need it! (You'll see what I mean when you drive over the Sunol grade) Most guys will complain about the 55 mph speed limit, but most of us go 60 on I-5 and the CHP leaves us alone.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Keep the friends that you met in truck school and in orientation so that you'll have somebody to bounce questions, concerns, ideas and complaints off of. Your spouse does not want to hear about it, and it is nearly impossible to make friends at a trucking company; guys don't talk to each other. (Many of the other drivers are too weird anyway. Don't talk to the "Gomers".)

7 | "Nice weather" Nov 2016

Deepak - 2 years under my belt

GOOD

No snow..nice weather.

BAD

Speed limit..only 55

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Please drive safely and drive like your family on the road.

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