Florida isn’t just for tourists! Living and Trucking in the state can be just as exciting!

Whether you’re looking for a place to live, work, or retire, Florida may be perfect for you—especially if you’re in the trucking business.

“The Sunshine State” ranks among the top ten U.S. states with the most road miles, clocking in at over 275,376 miles.

While trucking across the state, you may be inclined to experience some of its most famous attractions, like:

  • Walt Disney World
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Universal Studios, and
  • Daytona 500 International Speedway

Instead of waiting for retirement, why not work where you can enjoy the constant excitement Florida has to offer? Major highways include:

  • I-75 entering Georgia
  • I-95 stretching from Florida to Maine
  • U.S. Route 1, accessing Key West
  • I-10, connecting to the Alabama border.

Advocacy and Community

Florida Trucking Association (FTA) focuses on advocacy, training, and information. Memberships are available for shippers, carriers, suppliers, and associate members who serve on councils and committees.

Some membership benefits include:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Training opportunities, and
  • Savings programs

FTA’s councils and committees are:

  • Safety Management Council (SMC)
  • Technology & Maintenance Council
  • Membership Recruitment Committee, and
  • 2.0 Group [executives and employees]

Employment and Wages

Truck driver jobs in Florida are supported year-round due to the warm climate and the 14 ports used for imports and exports of products.

According to BLS, 2020 national pay estimates for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, was $47,130 per year ($22.66/hr.)

Nationally, 2,029,900 drivers were employed in the occupation in 2019. Projections show an increase of 30,600 additional jobs from 2019 to 2029.

Economic Impact of Trucking

Trucking in Florida services 85% of the vast communities within the state who rely on drivers to transport their goods.

Florida truckers have their pick of products to haul and companies to haul them for. A few commodities drivers may transport, include:

  • Aircraft
  • Cell phones
  • Gold (unwrought)
  • Medical instruments, and
  • Polyamides

Safety Commitment

FTA’s Safety Management Council (SMC) is comprised of safety professionals from its member companies. The council works to increase both public and industry awareness of trucking safety in Florida. Some supported programs include:

  • Annual Safety Management Awards
  • Herman Fauss Scholarship program, and
  • Florida Driver Appreciation events

Sharing the Road

The Florida Road Team extends its Share the Road presentations on safe driving techniques to approximately 150,000 students across the state, including high schoolers, trucking companies, professional groups, and more.