Liquids don’t have to be dangerous to get paid well for delivering them. While some tanker drivers carry dangerous liquids, others bring goods such as water or milk. A significant amount of any liquid can be a difficult cargo to transport, which is why Tankers earn an average of $60,000 a year.
To drive a Tanker, you will need one of two certificates: endorsement N or endorsement X. The N certificate entitles you to drive loads of 1,000 gallons or more. Endorsement X includes N certificate and Hazmat certification.
1. Good pay for the industry
Tanker truck drivers average $20.32/hour across the United States. That’s higher than the average hourly wage for many other driving positions. As with any job, pay increases with endorsements and experience.
Some tanker truck drivers may have longer hours. The good news is that most of these jobs are also hourly. If you have a long run, you’ll get paid for your time.
The pay also depends on the material you haul. Hazmat driving typically earns more because of the experience required and extra job risks.
2. Good benefits
Not all tankers drive Hazmat, but many do. Because being a tanker truck driver is considered slightly more dangerous than other types of CDL driving, the benefits are also better. Good health insurance, life insurance, and vacation days are all standard for tanker drivers.
3. Typically short load/unload times
Loading and unloading a tanker truck is done with a big hose. While you might wait for hours to get your dry van or reefer unloaded, you’re usually in and out in 15 – 20 minutes when unloading a tanker. Getting loaded usually takes around 45 minutes.
4. Many drivers are home every night
Tanker truck jobs are typically regional or local hauls. Frequent home time is a huge perk of being a tanker truck driver. You get to spend more time with your family and stay closer to home while doing a job you love.
If home time is a priority for you, becoming a tanker truck driver might be a great way to be home every night or nearly every night.
5. Can be no touch freight
As a Hazmat driver, you’re often no touch. Frequently, your clients will take care of loading and unloading, so you don’t have to worry about heavy loads or the liability of handling freight. You may still be hooking up hoses, but you won’t have to tarp a load on a windy day.