The South Texas truck driver shortage isn’t alone. The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is short as many as 30,000 drivers across the country. The problem is compounded by high turnover rates: 70-90% a year. In South Texas, the high turnover rate is probably the only reason oil companies have been able to hire as many drivers as they have. It is school systems who can’t hire bus drivers and local distributors who don’t compete in pay that are struggling to find qualified personnel.
You can bet life in the Eagle Ford Shale is more prosperous than it was a few short years ago. Salaries often reach higher than $100,000 per year, but schedules can be difficult and the hours long. Even with the sacrifice, it’s an easy decision for those looking to make a little more for their families. [Read more…]