As a truck driver, you want to always be pulling a load. This means that after you deliver a shipment, you want to be loading up a new load that same day and bringing it back home. This is truck driving 101. You know that not all loads are created equal: a van shipment will pay less than a flatbed, and a flatbed will pay less than a reefer. But the prices vary dramatically by state. If you are able to control more precisely where you deliver to, then it would be best to pay attention to the best and worst states for outbound freight. Let’s take look at the top 5 states in van, reefer, and flatbed, according to DAT.

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Van

Top 5
(as of 08/01/18)

Bottom 5 
(as of 08/01/18)

Texas Delaware
Georgia New Hampshire
Pennsylvania Montana
Ohio Vermont
Illinois Wyoming

Reefer

Top 5 
(as of 08/01/18)

Bottom 5 
(as of 08/01/18)

Texas New Hampshire
California Vermont
Georgia Wyoming
Illinois Montana
Pennsylvania Rhode Island

Flatbed

Top 5 
(as of 08/01/18)

Bottom 5 
(as of 08/01/18)

Texas North Dakota
Alabama Vermont
Arkansas New Hampshire
Illinois Delaware
Georgia Rhode Island

 

The idea here is not to boycott the low paying states, but rather develop relationships with those who pay better than average in those states. By doing so you can guarantee that you will be hired for the job, and through patronizing those that pay better, you can encourage the industry as a whole to pay better.

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