Job Spotlight: CDL Driver

Learn about a career as a CDL Driver

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our monthly Job Spotlight blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.


CDL Driver

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re taking a look at what it means to be a CDL Driver. Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drivers transport goods from one place to another using a commercial vehicle.


Required Education:

Typically some trade school and a commercial driver’s license.



Although average payrates vary depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), median annual compensation for CDL drivers is $43,000 in the U.S. and $47,400 in Canada.


What CDL Drivers Do:

They deal with a variety of tasks, including:

  • Delivering freight
  • Managing proof of delivery paperwork from customers
  • Assisting workers in loading and unloading trucks
  • Checking mechanical aspects of the vehicle
  • Safely performing all aspects of their role


What Companies Look for in CDL Drivers:

Every position is different, but many companies look for the following skills and attributes:

  • A valid CDL license
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help!

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about CDL Driver jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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