Trucking Info

Trucking Drives the Economy

Employment: In 2011, the trucking industry in North Carolina provided 190,440 jobs, or one out of 16 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in North Carolina in 2011 exceeded $8.1 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $42,609. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2011 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 69,990 jobs with a mean annual salary of $34,695.

Small Business Emphasis: In 2012, there were over 11,660 trucking companies located in North Carolina, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.

Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transported 89% of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2010 or 731,778 tons per day*. Over 86% of North Carolina communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

Trucking Pays the Freight

As an Industry: In 2009, the trucking industry in North Carolina paid approximately $1.0 billion in federal and state roadway taxes and fees. The industry paid 34% of all taxes and fees owed by North Carolina motorists, despite trucks representing only 11% of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Individual Companies: As of January 2013, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $7,478 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in North Carolina.

Roadway Use: In 2008, North Carolina had 105,104 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 102 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 10.9 billion miles.

* Manufactured tonnage data provided by IHS Global Insight

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