Can’t Handle Over-the-Road Trucking Jobs?

It’s common knowledge that truck drivers spend a great deal of time on the road, making trips and delivering freight. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be home for dinner each night. There are two types of trucking jobs—local and regional jobs, where drivers who aren’t interested in the over-the-road lifestyle and the maddening amount of time on the road.

Here are a few details about local and regional jobs that you may not know.

  • Local drivers ordinarily are home every day, or sometimes every other day
  • Local routes usually are stationed within the city or county where the driver lives
  • Routes are generally the same routes for the same companies every day.
  • Local drivers tend to load and unload all of their jobs. 
  • The average pay for a local truck driver is between $50,000 – $60,000 a year. 

Regional jobs are maybe the in-between for local and over-the-road jobs.

  • Truck drivers are often gone on weekdays and get home on weekends.
  • Routes run a radius of about 1,000 miles from the driver’s home.
  • Freight varies day to day, which means the routes may vary considerably.
  • Regional drivers don’t have to upload their jobs.
  • Regional driver pay on average is between $70,000 – $80,000.

If you are nervous or unsure about the prospect of having an over-the-road truck driving job, you can know that you have additional options for local and regional driving jobs that can have you home a little more frequently than the standard over-the-road job. Talk to anyone in our Job Placement department about the type of trucking company that is right for you!