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 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Alabama 1,873,398 $2.16 1
Texas 1,526,731 $1.72 2
Arkansas 986,213 $2.15 3
Indiana 881,842 $2.23 4
Georgia 994,527 $1.89 5
Mississippi 851,913 $2.20 6
Illinois 841,275 $2.14 7
South Carolina 778,151 $2.07 8
Ohio 690,596 $2.23 9
North Carolina 742,780 $2.03 10

 

Flatbed - Bottom 10
(as of 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Nevada 78,214 $1.62 39
Massachusetts 72,987 $1.68 40
Connecticut 68,497 $1.73 41
Utah 71,163 $1.55 42
New Mexico 60,932 $1.56 43
North Dakota 37,313 $1.76 44
New Hampshire 25,951 $1.81 45
Delaware 21,862 $1.97 46
Vermont 14,587 $1.86 47
Rhode Island 13,594 $1.68 48

 

Reefer - Top 10
(as of 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Texas 1,002,022 $ 1.94 1
California 820,793 $ 2.22 2
Illinois 450,177 $ 2.58 3
Georgia 483,308 $ 1.93 4
Ohio 329,660 $ 2.44 5
Pennsylvania 368,148 $ 2.14 6
Missouri 293,411 $ 2.52 7
Wisconsin 288,954 $ 2.47 8
Florida 481,845 $ 1.48 9
New Jersey 302,754 $ 2.12 10

 

Reefer - Bottom 10
(as of 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
North Dakota 35,121 $ 2.54 39
South Dakota 29,591 $ 2.67 40
Delaware 24,082 $ 2.15 41
Connecticut 24,138 $ 1.85 42
West Virginia 16,628 $ 2.25 43
Vermont 13,275 $ 2.02 44
New Hampshire 13,086 $ 1.80 45
Montana 10,311 $ 1.99 46
Wyoming 10,036 $ 1.97 47
Rhode Island 3,548 $ 1.88 48

 

Van - Top 10
(as of 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Texas 1,735,704 $ 1.69 1
California 1,186,350 $ 1.97 2
Illinois 935,344 $ 2.12 3
Georgia 989,070 $ 1.75 4
Ohio 834,620 $ 2.06 5
Pennsylvania 742,912 $ 1.89 6
Indiana 655,612 $ 2.11 7
Tennessee 652,628 $ 2.02 8
Missouri 485,243 $ 2.12 9
North Carolina 551,374 $ 1.84 10

 

Van - Bottom 10
(as of 11/6/20)

State Loads Average Spot Rate Rank
Connecticut 63,527 $ 1.54 39
North Dakota 43,003 $ 1.99 40
Maine 48,414 $ 1.68 41
New Mexico 47,373 $ 1.62 42
Montana 33,565 $ 1.56 43
Delaware 26,814 $ 1.86 44
Wyoming 25,793 $ 1.56 45
Vermont 19,770 $ 1.73 46
New Hampshire 17,290 $ 1.58 47
Rhode Island 15,648 $ 1.39 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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