If you’re wondering just how big the trucking industry is in Texas, then saddle up and hold on tight. With over 260,000 square miles of total land area, there’s no shortage of interstate highways, public roadways, transportation companies, or commodities to transport. Trucking across Texas could take 15-20 hours from border to border!
The Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) is among the vast network that prides itself on servicing the transportation industry. The association embraces an extensive community to support its members.
According to TXTA’s president, John D. Esparza, there’s “strength in numbers.”
The association drives those numbers through public advocacy for members to ‘unite behind a cause’ and serve as ‘a voice for trucking in the state of Texas.
The US employs over 3.6 million professional drivers. Texas has over 66,000 trucking companies, together, employing over 185,000 truck drivers. In fact, 1 in 16 Texans is employed by the industry.
That means there are a lot of trucking jobs and opportunities, not only for drivers but for businesses as well.
The BLS reports Texas leading employment numbers for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, followed by California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Texas drivers earn an average annual wage of $47,430.
Texas is ranked #1 for exports and moves over 1.2 billion tons of freight on its highways annually. The state’s primary commodities include mainly agriculture products.
Texas drivers are no stranger to sharing the road. Texas:
TXTA engages in various safety efforts, including education sessions, action programs, and more. The SMC council works cooperatively with compliance enforcement bodies to promote strong safety networking between carrier members and participants within the council.
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