Trucking Jobs Available in Michigan

If you are looking for a job in the trucking industry, listen up.

There is a clear shortage in Michigan of speedy and direct routes to the middle class.

Yet there remains at least one accessible profession — truck driving — where industry experts see a lack of bodies to fill available seats and collect substantial paychecks.

In a nationwide report last month, the American Trucking Associations estimated a current need for 20,000 to 25,000 big-shipment, long-distance truck drivers. Beyond that, the expected rise in shipping demand coupled with retirements would open up nearly 100,000 new driving jobs in each of the next 10 years, the report said.

“So it’s an opportunity for a lot of people,” said Bob Costello, the report’s author and the trade group’s vice president. “You don’t need a college education. You need to be a safety-conscious, hard-working individual.”

A new long-haul truck driver can generally expect to earn $38,000 to $44,000 (before taxes) in the first year, according to interviews with trucking company recruiters, industry analysts and metro Detroit training schools. Experienced drivers can earn around $50,000 to $65,000 a year, although much depends on the type of hauling and the number of miles driven.

“Carriers are competing with each other for those individuals who are high-quality truck drivers,” said Walter Heinritzi, executive director of the Michigan Trucking Association. “The demand for freight will continue to increase — that’s pretty much acknowledged — but the number of people choosing to go into trucking has not increased.”

The area’s major specialized schools, Suburban Truck Driver Training School in Romulus and the Detroit and Sterling Heights campuses of the U.S. Truck Driver Training School, both charge about $6,000 for tuition for multi week programs. Some trucking companies will reimburse new hires for training school, but usually in monthly increments of $150 to $200.

 

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