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 quickly 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 is best to pay attention to the best and worst states for outbound freight. Let’s take a look at the top and bottom 10 states in flatbed, reefer, and van over the past 12 months, according to DAT.

Flatbed - Top 10 
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Alabama 2,540,669 $2.11 1
Texas 2,690,518 $1.67 2
Arkansas 1,782,940 $2.13 3
Georgia 1,721,125 $1.95 4
Mississippi 1,492,168 $2.19 5
Illinois 1,397,117 $2.25 6
Ohio 1,227,849 $2.35 7
South Carolina 1,270,970 $2.06 8
Virginia 1,190,888 $2.13 9
Indiana 1,020,734 $2.33 10

 

Flatbed - Bottom 10
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Maine 150,669 $1.81 39
Massachusetts 142,393 $1.72 40
Connecticut 104,342 $1.76 41
Nevada 112,636 $1.61 42
North Dakota 75,589 $1.71 43
New Mexico 79,156 $1.52 44
New Hampshire 37,036 $1.79 45
Vermont 34,920 $1.88 46
Delaware 27,270 $2.15 47
Rhode Island 12,933 $1.70 48

 

Reefer - Top 10
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Texas 1,290,833 $1.76 1
California 1,108,684 $1.99 2
Illinois 803,170 $2.45 3
Ohio 524,250 $2.32 4
Georgia 641,910 $1.86 5
Pennsylvania 583,462 $2.03 6
Wisconsin 493,537 $2.39 7
Missouri 445,292 $2.33 8
Indiana 410,162 $2.34 9
New Jersey 491,990 $1.95 10

 

Reefer - Bottom 10
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
South Dakota 47,049 $2.62 39
Maine 71,077 $1.71 40
Delaware 52,849 $1.94 41
West Virginia 29,538 $2.31 42
Connecticut 30,254 $1.69 43
Vermont 20,085 $1.87 44
Montana 21,041 $1.70 45
New Hampshire 17,980 $1.56 46
Wyoming 14,687 $1.20 47
Rhode Island 5,989 $1.67 48

 

Van - Top 10
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Texas 2,453,638 $1.49 1
Illinois 1,546,618 $2.02 2
Ohio 1,342,807 $1.95 3
California 1,600,050 $1.62 4
Georgia 1,450,564 $1.58 5
Indiana 1,110,474 $1.97 6
Pennsylvania 1,231,930 $1.74 7
Tennessee 922,839 $1.87 8
Wisconsin 849,890 $2.02 9
North Carolina 827,838 $1.69 10

 

Van - Bottom 10
(as of 10/30/19)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Connecticut 108,066 $1.42 39
New Mexico 105,911 $1.43 40
North Dakota 71,304 $1.91 41
Maine 76,150 $1.55 42
Delaware 49,690 $1.66 43
Montana 56,127 $1.42 44
Wyoming 37,556 $1.52 45
New Hampshire 33,812 $1.45 46
Vermont 30,823 $1.57 47
Rhode Island 24,647 $1.27 48

 

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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