New Jersey Trucking

New Jersey is located just south of New York along the Atlantic seaboard. The state’s largest export is Palladium, and its major industries include biopharmaceuticals, transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and tourism.3 Truck drivers can access ports in both New York and New Jersey from the state, and Philadelphia serves as its gateway to points west and south.


The New Jersey Motor Truck Association (NJMTA) is the voice of New Jersey’s trucking industry and advocates for the interests of all the state's businesses, institutions, and families.

Freight Economy

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

The primary products moved by truck drivers in New Jersey include:

  • Palladium (unwrought or in powder form)
  • Miscellaneous petroleum oils
  • Mid-sized automobiles (piston engine)
  • Precious metals scrap
  • Cell phones
  • Beauty, skin preparations
  • Medical/dental/veterinarian instruments
  • Aircraft including engines, parts
  • Magnetic/optical readers, data transcribing machines
  • Rhodium (unwrought or in powder form)


New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the U.S.2 There are 14 ports and about 430 interstate miles. Drivers can access several interstate highways making up a portion of New Jersey’s 85,000 total lane miles. Major interstates include I-76, I-295, I-78, I-80, and I-95.

Work and Wages

New Jersey has approximately 3,415 total local truck driver jobs.

The average annual salary of truck drivers in the state is about $64,945, which is significantly higher than the $47,130 median yearly salary for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers reported by BLS in May 2020.