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Here are the Top Reasons Truckers Live In Iowa

Iowa is nicknamed the “American Heartland” and borders 3 rivers: The Mississippi, the Big Sioux and the Missouri. It's also home to just over 3 million people and a lot of truckers. That's because the major trucking hubs are here and this will give you access to interstates and routes that you need whether you take local Iowa trucking jobs or an OTR. Surrounding states include Nebraska, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota and Minnesota.

While it may have brutal winters, if you plan accordingly you can find a very successful trucking career here. Be sure to search for trucking jobs in surrounding states as they may work with Iowa residents, as well. With cheap real estate and job openings that offer full benefits and retirement packages, all your missing is the pool in the summer and your snow shoes in the wintertime! Check out a few of the available job openings in the Iowa area and Apply:

Trucking jobs: Iowa Available Job Opportunities

With so many different companies hiring in and around Iowa, you'll find a lot of local and OTR trucking jobs for drivers, team drivers and owner operators. A few of the available jobs may require experience or have a waiting list, but a lot are hiring right now, so we've put together a quick list to give you a few details on available openings:

  • Heartland Express based out of North Liberty, IA, is hiring drivers and paying up to .55-cents per mile. They have dry van trailers and offer a lot of great benefits like short haul pay and detention pay, while offering a 401K that matches 50%, as well as a lucrative benefit package, weekly pay and direct deposit.
  • Hirschbach is another top company. Based out of Sioux City, IA, they offer high pay for short distances and are looking for lease operators where they offer a fuel price protection program for added cost savings. Additionally they have a $1,000 signing bonus, pay increases for OTR drivers and a full benefits package.
  • TMC Transportation based out of Des Moines, IA, they are looking for experienced drivers and have late model Peterbilt tractor trailers. They're looking for Class A CDL drivers and operate out of their Montpelier, IA location prepping trailers for delivery. TMC offers a full benefits package including paid holidays and paid vacations, along with a full retirement package and stock options plan.

Benefits You Should Consider

When you look at any available Iowa truck driving jobs opportunity, you want to be sure that you look at the location where they want you to work, consider the housing options and school options, and then also factor in the benefits plan and package the company is offering. Every company is different, so if they offer better pay, they may have limited benefits, or they may offer a slightly lower salary, but offer a retirement plan.

Ultimately, you have to factor in what will be best for you and your family. If you have young children, you definitely want to ensure you get full medical and dental benefits. See what the signing bonus is when you apply because you may be able to use that to cover moving expenses and find secure housing so you can move your family. Also don't be afraid to take a smaller job to give yourself 6-months to a year to learn the different interstates and highways in and around Iowa. That way you know what a winter is like there.

Best Things About Iowa

  • Iowa has a lot of professional sports teams and they are very big on football, basketball, baseball and hockey because of the success with Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, so this is definitely a state big on sports. Teams include the Iowa City Gold Sox, the Cubs, the Des Moines Bruins, the Demons, and other top teams. If you take a local trucking job you can easily pick up the kids and head to a game or have your own in the backyard with a football on weekends when you'll be off!
  • Iowa is also an area that can be affected by varying weather systems. They may have issues with flooding, tornadoes, and in the winter they have a lot of ice and snow. These are things to factor in depending on if you are OTR or taking a local job, so you may need to plan accordingly. With access to so many trucking routes, if you are on the road, try to time it so you can head south and get away from heavy winter weather.
  • Iowa is a big mix of Caucasians and a smaller Hispanic, African American and Indian population. You'll find a lot of diversity near colleges here and they offer some of the best schools.

Interstate and Highway Information

With convenient access to several surrounding states, Iowa is one of the most accessible states as it connects with several highways and interstates. These include:

  • Interstates: I-29 to the west, I-35 from Missouri to Minnesota and parts of Des Moines, I-74 and I-80 that extend from Nebraska to the Illinois state line, I-380 from 1-80 near the Iowa City area through Cedar Rapids.
  • There are also routes and highways that extend through Iowa into other states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Minnesota.


Offering the best online trucking job search, EveryTruckJob is your one-stop shop for finding trucking jobs for drivers, owner operators and team drivers. To start your search for Iowa trucking jobs, go to their website, They showcase all trucking jobs in the US. You can also reach them at (866) 383-7956.

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Local trucking jobs in your state

If you are looking for a local driving job such as hot shot, expediting or something similar it is often better to try the local unemployment office. Many of the companies listed here have local and OTR driving positions, but the requirements and openings vary from terminal to terminal. Iowa driving jobs are available, and we encourage you to apply and check back often as we add additional better trucking companies and post better trucking jobs in Iowa. If you need assistance in Iowa locating a job, sending your resume to a company, or need to report a company that had a job listed in Iowa please contact us and provide feedback on your situation.

Remember, in the future when you're looking for a truck driving jobs or any type of trucking job, whether it's local or otr driving, has the options, the companies, and the security for you!


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