Whether you want a career that offers room to grow or need something that can cover the bills, getting your CDL can open new doors for you. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a CDL driver is around $37,000/year, with some companies like UPS and Coca-Cola offering upwards of $65,000/year or more. Walmart just increased their driver salaries to nearly $90,000 per year.
How can you get your CDL?
CDLs require extensive testing and training through a certified school along with a certain number of driving hours. For specific CDL “license types”, there may be other requirements. When getting your CDL, look for a school that meets all of your needs and offers the full licensing package.
Choosing the right license type
Different CDL types have different licensing requirements and different privileges. When you are picking your license type, determine which type of CDL driving job you want to do and see what licenses are required for several employers.
Next, be sure to consult with a school to make sure they offer the type of license you want.
Seeking a job after getting licensed
When you are seeking a job after getting your license, make sure that you give your “first-round draft” picks the most attention. If you need a job with benefits and a slightly better salary, take extra care to put your best foot forward when applying to them.
Negotiating your pay with the license
Once you’ve gotten your foot in the door and have some time and trust built with the company, you may be able to negotiate a raise based on your reliability, performance, location, and the rates of other, similar drivers from other companies in the same circumstances. Websites like Glassdoor (linked above) can be a good resource for finding this type of information.
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