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Trucking Companies

SIC 4213 | NAICS 484000

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Local Freight Trucking  (view report)
Long-Distance Freight Trucking  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Bobit Business Media
Heavy Duty Trucking Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for fleet owners and managers, with special reports including the "Annual Fact Book" which provides statistics and reference information for fleet operations, fuel costs, driver employment and wages, trucks, tractors, and trailers, parts and service, safety performance, and highway and bridge infrastructure. Digital edition can be viewed free online.

Specialty Trucking / Truckload Carriers / Less-Than-Truckload Carriers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Randall-Reilly Publishing
Commercial Carrier Journal

Monthly journal features news and information for commercial carrier executives and managers, with special features including the "CCJ Top 250" report which ranks the top for-hire motor carriers based on a blended combination of annual revenue, total number of power units (e.g., trucks, tractors), and number of drivers (e.g., employee, independent contractor). Digital editions are available free online.

Transport Topics, Inc.
Transport Topics

Weekly publication features news and information for the motor carrier industry, with special features including the "Top 100 For-Hire Carriers" report which ranks companies based on revenue by sector (e.g., truckload/dedicated, less-than-truckload, refrigerated, flatbed/specialized, intermodal/drayage, tank/bulk, package/courier, and motor vehicle/driveaway). Selected articles are available free online.

American Trucking Associations
Publications available from this trade association include:

ATA U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast  Select "Economics" from "Categories" menu
Annual report profiles the current state of the freight transportation system and provides forecasts for for-hire motor freight carriers and other freight transportation modes in terms of volume of tonnage to be hauled and revenue expected to be collected over the next ten years, and also includes forecasts for retail truck sales and the number of Class 8 heavy-duty vehicles in operation for the same period.

ATA American Trucking Trends  Select "Economics" from "Categories" menu
Annual publication offers a comprehensive look at trends in the trucking industry, with topics covered in the report including industry revenues, truck freight tonnage, number of miles traveled and amount of fuel consumed, number of Class 8 trucks in operation, taxes paid by the trucking industry, number of drivers and other types of employees, and revenue forecast for for-hire and private motor carriers.

American Transportation Research Institute
Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry

Annual survey asks respondents to rank their top three choices from a "Top Ten" list of issues facing the industry and also rank their top three proposed strategies corresponding to each of their selected issues, with top rated concerns in recent years including driver shortage, hours of service, electronic logging device mandate, driver retention, and parking space scarcity. Report is available free online.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
General & Specialized Freight Trucking Services  Search for "4841" and "4842" to see reports for specific freight services

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

American Transportation Research Institute
An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking

Annual financial report provides operating cost data for motor freight carrier operations, with average marginal costs per mile and per hour reported for vehicle-based costs (e.g., fuel, equipment lease or purchase payments, repair and maintenance, truck insurance premiums, permits and licenses, tires, and tolls) and driver costs (e.g., wages, benefits) by sector (e.g., truckload, L-T-truckload, and other).

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

ATA Driver Compensation Survey  Select "Economics" from "Categories" menu

Annual survey provides base pay, bonus, incentive, and benefits data for employee and independent contractor drivers, with survey results broken out by carrier type (e.g., for-hire truckload, for-hire less- than-truckload, and private fleet) and transport mode (e.g., van irregular national/regional routes, van dedicated routes, reefer, tank truck, flatbed, drayage, non-drayage, and less-than-truckload regional).

PayScale, Inc.
Local and Long-Distance Freight Trucking

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, safety manager, fleet dispatcher, truck driver, dock worker, diesel mechanic, and shop foreman, with employers for which data is provided including J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., YRC Worldwide, Inc., Prime, Inc., Werner Enterprises, Inc., and Swift Transportation Company.

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