Illinois trucking jobs

There are over 20,150 trucking companies in Illinois and the industry employs 69,590 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $58,200 ($27.98 hourly). The highest paying areas are Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division) with a Median Annual Salary of $48,360, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area) ($47,910), and Rockford ($46,610).

The drivers of Illinois say

Good

  • Tons of airfreight out of O'Hare and ocean freight
  • Diversity of equipment and lots of local work
  • Higher pay rates compared to most other parts of the country

Bad

  • Expensive tolls. Hard to get around the Chicago area without them
  • Chicago is a disaster; some narrow streets and tight docks
  • Any expressway into or out of Chicago. Low bridges not marked

Tips to New Drivers

  • If you want to avoid Chicago, don't get a food delivery position
  • Always watch your side the head exits are not always on the right in Chicago
  • Watch out for low bridges on the south side of Chicago
  • Driving safely, especially in the Chicago area, will pay dividends later
  • Getting out and looking is nothing to be embarrassed about
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We are looking for small to medium size reefer fleets!
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Owner Operator Reefer

Freight slow? Would you like to make more to your bottom line? We have the freight, if you have the trucks. We are looking for fleets that can dedicate trucks to our freight.&...

Local Job in Joliet, IL, Call Now! Top Pay!
- The Drive United Group - Joliet, IL - The Drive United Group - Joliet, IL - Company Driver Van

Local Truck Driver Needed Are you tired of never being able to spend time with your family? You will do well in our position if you live within 40 miles of Joliet, IL. We are ...

Regional Position Open Now
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

Regional Truck Driver Needed Are you tired of never being able to spend time with your family? We are looking for safe, courteous drivers who like a regular schedule. We are c...

Regional Position, Weekly Home Time, Top Pay!
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

CALL YOUR OWN PERSONAL AGENT TODAY! 888-777-5114Regional Truck Driver Needed Are you tired of never being able to spend time with your family? We are looking for safe, courteo...

Class A CDL, Home Daily or Weekly, Call TODAY!
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

CALL YOUR OWN PERSONAL AGENT TODAY! 888-777-5114Local Truck Driver Needed Are you tired of never being able to spend time with your family? We are looking for safe, courteous ...

Regional Intermodal Class A CDL Driving Job, Sign On Bonus
- The Drive United Group - Champaign, IL - The Drive United Group - Champaign, IL - Company Driver Van

CALL our driver specialist at 888-777-5114Job ID- bh005 Company Drive United           Location Champaign, IL Category Class A E...

Regional Intermodal Class A CDL Driving Job, Sign On Bonus
- The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - Company Driver Van

CALL our driver specialist at 888-777-5114Job ID- bh005 Company Drive United           Location Chicago, IL Category Class A Emp...

Local Class A Driver, Great Pay, Full Benefits
- The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - Company Driver Van

Our friendly driver specialists can be reached at 888-777-5114Local Truck Driver Needed Are you tired of never being able to spend time with your family? If you live within 60...

OWNER OPERATOR-CLASS A TRUCK DRIVER-NO FORCED DISPATCH
- The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - The Drive United Group - Chicago, IL - Owner Operator Van

Class A CDL Owner operators: Chicago, IL CALL 888-777-5114 Top pay in the industry : The Best Voluntary Health Packages Available with Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and 401k ...

Local CDL Class A Driver Needed-Full Benefits
- The Drive United Group - Joliet, IL - The Drive United Group - Joliet, IL - Company Driver Van

Our friendly driver specialists can be reached at 888-777-5114 LOCAL DRIVERS NEEDED Drive United needs good drivers to be a part of a winning team in:JOLIET, IL JOB #LJD0...

OTR DRIVERS NEEDED NOW!! PAID WEEKLY
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

CALL US TODAY AT (888) 777-5114     OTR DRIVERS NEEDED NOW!! Home Time: DAILY OR WEEKLY Pay: $55K TO $77,000   REQUIREMENTS: Drivers must have the following...

Regional Truck Driving Positions Available, Top Pay
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

Our friendly driver specialists can be reached at 888-777-5114   REGIONAL DRIVERS NEEDED / EARN $900-1,300/WK 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD CHOOSE DRIVE UNITED TRUCKING JOB...

Local Job, Call today! Paid Weekly, Full Benefits, 401K
- The Drive United Group - IL - The Drive United Group - Illinois - Company Driver Van

Our friendly driver specialists can be reached at 888-777-5114 LOCAL TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED EARN $52,000-55,000/YR Drive United needs good drivers to be a part of a winni...


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10 comments from Illinois drivers

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1 | "Always respect the integrity of the trail" Jan 2017

Greg H. - 12 years and over 3 million safe miles under my belt

GOOD

Illinois is mostly a flat state so that's a very good thing for truckers. Less hills could benefit your rollover risk and save fuel also. And it is also a less stressful state to drive a truck in from my OTR experience.

BAD

Illinois has a lot of rush hour traffic. Especially towards the inner city. Not really to many headaches if your an experienced driver but driving downtown and in the inner city can give u a headache. Tight turns and a lot of pedestrians can make for a long day. You have to be extra careful of what your doing.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Always respect the integrity of the trailer or whatever you're pulling. Meaning go easy around curves because you don't know how your trailer is loaded. (Avoid Rollovers) Also watch them tandems around turns and corners. If not paying attention, your tandems can rollover someone or something and seriously hurt them. Very common accident.

2 | "More income potential" Jan 2017

Alan K. - 4 years of experience

GOOD

More freight and income potential

BAD

To many congested roads especially the 290 west ramp from 294

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Always watch your mirrors and space and do not pass on a curve

3 | "Take your time to win" Jan 2017

Doreen V. - 8 years of experience and 500,000 miles

GOOD

Many us highways are truck friendly that are off the interstate. Many rural towns have truck friendly parking. Open road tolling. Service station's on the toll way allow for easy parking. However they do not all overnight parking. Currently due to the budget the DOT scales are closed

BAD

If driving through Chicago drive overnight to avoid delay. Delivering within Chicago's city limits are somewhat stressful due to narrow streets and traffic. Many docks are facing the street requiring a truck to stop traffic

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Have an updated trucker GPS. Obtain good resources to find adequate truck parking especially late at night. Take advantage of seeing the sights in an area where you have downtime. Use public trans or an uber. Get away from the truck and reach out to a church to attend services. Members are usually willing to pick you up sometimes take you home to shower and do laundry

4 | "Lots of available work" Dec 2016

Andrzej B. - 11 years of experience

GOOD

Lots of available work

BAD

Lots of traffic and tight docks

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Be patient and very slow at customer warehouses, Illinois isn't the best place to start driving

5 | "Plenty of opportunities" Dec 2016

John P. - 16 years driving experience and over 1,000,000 miles

GOOD

Plenty of class A opportunities. Wide range of Loads.

BAD

Weather, road construction, traffic.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Go local, you will make more money that way.

6 | "Chicago area traffic at rush hour times is a patience builder" Dec 2016

Gregory B. - 7 years experience next month

GOOD

Steady consistent work for people that are willing to deal with the chaos.

BAD

Chicago area traffic at rush hour times is a patience builder. Can effect delivery times. I 55 of known as the Stevenson expressway is one of these routes

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Always plan ahead as much as possible. Never be embarrassed to ask questions of for help. Most drivers are very accommodating and willing to help each other. There is a brotherhood type feeling out there

7 | "Keep your cool and you'll excel" Dec 2016

Kenny C. - 33 years of driving experience

GOOD

Most major companies have built or relocated to areas that are easily accessible. And over the last 20 years, the state has worked with trucking companies to reroute trucks and improve roads for truck access.

BAD

To me, the biggest problem is traffic around major cities during rush hours. But if you plan your route effectively, you can usually bypass these areas. Or you can plan your sleep breaks to coincide with heavy traffic areas.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

If driving is what you really want to do, don't get discouraged by traffic, weather, muddy drop lots, deliveries that take longer than expected, dispatchers or anything else associated with trucking. Just keep your cool and take everything in stride. The more experience you obtain, the easier your job will become.

8 | "Don't cut corners" Dec 2016

Pierre L. - Local driver for 21 years

GOOD

You make a decent living to provide for your family with the extra work in Illinois

BAD

Headaches are the traffic on all the expressways in rush hours. The downtown driving and also the various truck routes to avoid viaducts

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Don't cut corners; do everything by the book and you will last long

9 | "Chicago is a mess, take it slow!" Dec 2016

David D. - 4 years of experience

GOOD

Fairly easy to get around. Customers I went to are relatively nice. Usually another driver is always willing to help

BAD

Chicago is a mess: some narrow streets and loading on the street itself

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Take it slow and always be alert and anticipate cars doing stupid things around you in traffic.

10 | "Drive safely and you'll meet interesting people" Dec 2016

Michael Y. - 13 years of experience

GOOD

You're alone on the open roads and you meet some really interesting people in Illinois

BAD

Lots of impatient people and speeders

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS

Safety is most important and be mindful of the rules of the road

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