Nebraska Trucking - “Money for The Run”

Nebraska’s 77,358 square miles of wide-open space is located in the Great Plains.3 Over 90% of its total land area comprises farms and ranchland, making the state among the top five in the nation for agricultural output.3 Other major industries include military, financial services, and transportation.3 Nebraska truckers can expect to drive coast-to-coast or between Canada and Mexico. The state’s open country, agricultural production, and natural attractions give truck drivers a perhaps not so backward, “money for their run.”


Nebraska Trucking Association (NTA) is a nonprofit trade association with more than 780 members and works to guide industry policy, legislation, and best practices.

Some association benefits include:

  • NTA Health Plan
  • Fuel & Product Discounts
  • Factoring (Same Day Invoice Pay)
  • NTA Credit Card
  • NTA Access Program (print & IT service)

Freight Economy

In 2019 U.S. trucks hauled 11.84 billion tons of freight and generated $791 billion in revenue.

Nebraska truckers primarily haul:

  • Soya beans
  • Beef cuts
  • Corn
  • Combine harvester-threshers
  • Natural gas
  • Pork cuts
  • Insecticides


Nebraska has approximately 193,996 total lane miles of roadway.5 The only route that runs east and west across the state is I-80. With additional auxiliary interstates, Nebraska’s total interstate mileage is roughly 500.

Work and Wages

Nebraska has about 2,648 total local truck driver jobs.

The average annual salary of truck drivers in the state is approximately $50,935. In May 2020, the BLS reported a median yearly salary of $47,130 for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers.