Endorsements and what they are worth to a driver’s career.
If one is in possession of a CDL with a clean driving background, it is nearly guaranteed income.
Depending on the respective job choice that income can be more or less than others, of course. For example, Class A CDL holders tend to earn more than Class B CDL holders per mile and per hour. That is because operating a vehicle that requires a Class A CDL is inherently more dangerous and requires greater skill in most instances. But what if one could advance the caliber of their CDL even further, Class A or Class B?
That is right, I am talking about endorsements to a license!
For example, Doubles and Triples, HAZMAT, Tankers, School Bus, Passenger, or any combination of the endorsements will make a CDL holder more employable. Many well-known trucking companies such as XPO Logistics, YRC, Old Dominion, Saia, and more will not hire drivers for their more lucrative positions without specific endorsements on their CDL.
According to each of the aforementioned company’s job postings on LinkedIn, they all require a driver to have Doubles and Triples, HAZMAT, and Tanker endorsements or be able to obtain within 90 days of hire. The quality of benefits for each company is listed openly on their websites. Each company offers careers with everyday home time, multiple days off per week, paid vacation and holidays, competitive starting pay such as $23.76 per hour for XPO Logistics, and many more. Therefore, one can increase the quality of their trucking life and career by investing in CDL endorsements.
Do endorsements cost money?
Yes, CDL endorsements cost money. The most expensive endorsement being the Hazardous Materials or HAZMAT endorsement. That specific endorsement requires a longer written test and a background check from the Transportation Security Administration, TSA. However, the cost of endorsements, including HAZMAT, is negligible in comparison to the potential for increased wages. The average cost of a HAZMAT endorsement is $100 and the average cost for the other endorsements is around $14.
Simply put, by investing the extra $128 for HAZMAT, Doubles and Triples, and Tanker endorsements one can increase their employment opportunities greatly. Also, consider the fact that even having one or two endorsements on a CDL might set one’s license apart from the competition during hiring decisions. If one wishes to pursue a career in bus driving, endorsements are imperative. A basic Class A or Class B CDL will not be sufficient to operate a commercial passenger motor vehicle. Therefore, expand your commercial driving resume by investing in endorsements.
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