Economics

Employment

The trucking industry is really not a single industry, but a multitude of different types of carriers with different needs and equipment. Main Street-type businesses, manufacturers and retailers operate 75% of the medium and heavy duty trucks registered in the United States.

South Carolina is home to 8,230 trucking companies, most of them small, locally owned businesses.  In 2013, trucking industry in South Carolina provided 88,370 jobs, or one out of 17 in the state.  Total trucking industry wages paid in South Carolina in 2013 exceeded $3.8 billion, with an average annual salary of $44,034.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in May 2013 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor trailer and light, delivery drivers held 32,550 with a mean annual salary of $35,050.

Movement of Freight

Over 80 percent of communities in South Carolina depend on exclusively on trucks to move their goods. Trucks transport 84% of total manufactured tonnage in the state, or 424,585 tons per day.

Trucks Pay Their Way

The trucking industry in South Carolina paid over $477 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees in 2013. 

The industry paid 36 percent of all taxes and fees owed by South Carolina motorists, despite trucks representing only 10 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Each year, trucking companies pay around $33 billion in state and federal taxes and other highway user fees. The trucking industry contributes approximately 40% of the revenue from user fees that goes into the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Comparison of Truck and Rail Industries