Big State - New York – Big Trucking

New York is the 4th largest populated state in the U.S. and home to some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, like the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and scenic mountains and lakes.3 The state’s major industries include financial services, health care, professional and technical services, manufacturing, educational services, and mass media.3 Because of its size, New York offers countless jobs in various industries. Truckers can transport goods within the state, across the U.S. border, and even internationally using the Port of New York.


The Trucking Association of New York (TANY) comprises over 570 member companies that advocate on behalf of the trucking industry from across New York, other states, and Canada. TANY promotes safety, offers programs, and provides outreach.

Freight Economy

New York-based truckers primarily transport:

  • Diamonds, jewels
  • Hand-drawn paintings
  • Original sculptures
  • Gold
  • Aircraft parts
  • Integrated circuits
  • Diesel engines
  • Antiques


The state has a 641-mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway and over 27 ports.

New York’s total roadway miles is roughly 230,000. About 1,800 miles make up the interstate system and include major highways, like, I-78, I-81, I-84, I-90, I-95, and others.

Work and Wages

New York has approximately 11,080 total local truck driver jobs.

The average annual salary of truck drivers in the state is about $63,731, which is significantly higher than the $47,130 median yearly salary for Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers reported by BLS in May 2020.