Midland, Odessa among top cities for trucking

Midland, Odessa among top cities for trucking

The trucking industry is not you typically think of when you think of Midland and Odessa.

"I had to have a lot of training for this, a lot of training. Took me about three years to feel comfortable," said Kelly Cornejo, a manager with a local trucking company.

A new top 10 list shows Midland as the second best city for truck drivers. Zippia.com looked at how common trucking jobs are in cities all over the country, the average annual salary and the annual salary for entry level work, then compared that to the cost of living.

"You need to want to be safe, not only for the safety of yourself, but for the safety of others that are out on the road," said Cornejo.

Cornejo says the career is rewarding but not for everyone. Cornejo has worked in the trucking industry locally for more than 20 years.

He says it has its ups and downs, especially working in oilfield trucking.

"Drivers tend to stay here local from where I'm at. You get some from out of state and they just come here to work and they leave," said Cornejo.

Odessa ranked number six on the list. Both cities had an average annual salary of more than $45,000.

Cornejo says although he's seen trucking slow down in recent years, he believes it will pick back up.

"There are several companies that I know that are starting to pick up drivers and put them out in the field, put them out to work," said Cornejo.

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Other cities on the list include:

  • Morristown, Tennessee
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Casper, Wyoming
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Billings, Montana
  • Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Michigan City, Indiana.

View the full list: http://bit.ly/2gGytSo.

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