A truck driver is required to get a HAZMAT endorsement to haul loads that are considered hazardous materials. This takes some extra time, and money to complete the process. There are required TSA background checks, a written test, as well as a physical examination by a DOT doctor. And of course, you already need to possess a CDL truck driver’s license. Deciding to get a HAZMAT endorsement along with your CDL license can be very beneficial to a truck driver. Here are 3 key reasons CDL truck drivers get a HAZMAT endorsement.
1. More Opportunities
Companies that ship any type of flammable, explosive, corrosive or anything else the USDOT has determined to be a “hazardous material”, require drivers that have HAZMAT endorsements. By going through the process to get this endorsement, truckers automatically make their applications more attractive than drivers that don’t have it. It also shows that you’ve gone above and beyond to invest in your career. This opens doors to jobs that require drivers to have this endorsement. And gives those truckers an advantage when someone is scanning through job applications.
2. More Money
Drivers with additional endorsements often find that they are paid more than drivers without additional endorsements. Drivers with HAZMAT endorsements typically get paid a few cents more per mile. Over time, those pennies can add up to thousands of dollars. The payoff of seeing those paychecks increase certainly outweigh the up-front costs to pay for a HAZMAT endorsement.
3. Required for Additional Endorsements
Getting a tanker endorsement in some states requires the CDL truck driver also get a HAZMAT endorsement at the same time. This is an X endorsement. Having this X endorsement even further separates a driver from other applicants when filling out a job application. This allows a driver to haul large loads of any type of liquid or gas, many of these being classified as hazardous materials.
Getting your HAZMAT license can be very beneficial to any CDL truck driver. Regardless of what stage you are in your career. With a HAZMAT endorsement the job pools is bigger, the pay is likely higher, and overall earning potential as a trucker increases.
If you’re looking for HAZMAT truck driving jobs, complete your driver profile here, and be sure to include that you have that endorsement. We can match you to a great new job that best fits your lifestyle and driving preferences!
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