Arkansas Trucking

Arkansas is a southeastern state known for its mountains, forests, and lowlands. 3 The state’s major industries are agriculture, transportation, food manufacturing, paper, timber, and aerospace. Arkansas’ robust economy boosts the trucking industry to one of the largest in the U.S. 10 Drivers can take their pick from carriers and companies spread throughout the state.


The Alabama Trucking Association represents state trucking operations and lobbies on behalf of the industry. The association offers variou

ATA addresses issues like:

  • Hours-of-Service Changes
  • Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA)
  • Highway Funding Legislation, and
  • Federal Legislation,

Freight Economy

Arkansas truck drivers primarily transport:

  • Automobiles and parts
  • Aircraft including engines, parts
  • Railway/tramway tank cars
  • Chemical wood pulp
  • Milled rice
  • Paper
  • Eggs
  • Frozen poultry
  • Cotton


Six states border Arkansas and the state provides access to the Gulf of Mexico ports and river ports to New Orleans and Houston.

There are 210,729 total roadway miles.5 Arkansas’ interstate system is made up primarily of I-30, I-40, I-55, and I-49. The interstates allow truck drivers to cross almost the entire nation when traveling east-west routes.

Work and Wages

Arkansas has approximately 3,897 total local truck driver jobs.

The average annual salary of truck drivers in the state is about $50,472, and in May 2020, the BLS reported an annual median salary of $47,130 for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers.

Truck Drivers in West Virginia can expect opportunities like Local Truck Driver, with J.B. Hunt Transport or Dedicated, Local CDL – A Local Truck Driver, with Carter Express.