The U.S. is currently facing a truck driver shortage. The industry is facing a large number of turnovers. There are larger numbers of drivers leaving than new drivers entering the workforce. Learn what’s happening in the transportation industry and why so few people are taking jobs as truckers.
Trucker Driver Retention at All-Time Low
We don’t have precise figures with respect to machine transport carriers. However, the American Trucking Association estimates a shortage of about 51,000 drivers. Carriers and line haul shippers are even offering signing bonuses for new recruits and pay raises for current drivers. Yet, this is still not enough to offset the loss of much-needed, highly qualified drivers.
Cause of Truck Driver Shortage
Why so difficult to fill a job that does not require a college degree? The answer is simple: truckers have a difficult life. Being on the road 24/7 means little time at home with family. In fact, divorce rates among truckers are quite high, with estimates at 19.5%.
Truck drivers are also at a higher risk of health problems, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. This is due to the long hours of sitting with little opportunity for movement. Furthermore, their meals consist of what is available at greasy spoons and truck stops. The average weight of a truck driver, by the way, is 240 pounds.
As far as a driver’s income goes, the annual average salary is $42,000. The average income across all jobs is $31,099, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even with the above-average pay, the stress just isn’t worth it for many people.
Appreciate the Driver Behind the Wheel
We share this news to inform you of what’s happening in the industry. The stats apply to all drivers, including LTL and trailer operators. Machine Transport understands the truck driver shortage and would like to take this moment to acknowledge the country’s hard-working truckers.
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