CAMP HILL, Pa. – According to the American Transportation Research Institute there are more than 304,000 trucking industry jobs in Pennsylvania, representing one out of every 17 jobs in the commonwealth.
The average annual salary in those jobs is $49,808 – based on 2017 figures -- meaning that the total trucking industry wages paid in Pennsylvania exceeded $15.1 billion. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers held 80,810 jobs with an average annual salary of $46,150. Additionally, there are 31,560 trucking companies in the commonwealth.
Those trucks are responsible for moving 86 percent of the total manufactured tonnage that is transported in the state: more than half a million tons per day.
“The men and women in the trucking industry continue to drive Pennsylvania’s economy by delivering essential goods and services to our communities,” PMTA President and CEO Kevin Stewart said.
There are 120,446 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania but truck drivers logged more than 9 billion miles on those roads in 2016, representing just nine percent of the miles driven by all motorists.
As of April 2018, a typical five-axle tractor-semi-trailer combination paid $13,947 in state highway user fees and taxes and $8,906 in federal highway user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Pennsylvania. The trucking industry in Pennsylvania paid approximately $1.9 billion in federal and state roadway taxes in 2016.
That means that the industry paid 39 percent of all taxes owed by Pennsylvania motorist despite representing just nine percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.
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