Trucking Drives the Economy

Employment: In 2011, the trucking industry in South Carolina provided 84,430 jobs, or one out of 17 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in South Carolina in 2011 exceeded $3.5 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $41,016. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2011 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 32,750 jobs with a mean annual salary of $33,400.

Small Business Emphasis: In 2012, there were over 6,690 trucking companies located in South Carolina, most of them small, locally owned businesses. These companies are served by a wide range of supporting businesses both large and small.

Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transported 84% of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2010 or 424,585 tons per day*. Over 86% of South Carolina communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.

As an Industry:In 2009, the trucking industry in South Carolina paid approximately $429 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees. The industry paid 32% of all taxes and fees owed by South Carolina motorists, despite trucks representing only 10% of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Individual Companies: As of January 2013, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $3,500 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes. These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in South Carolina.

Roadway Use: In 2008, South Carolina had 66,255 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 50 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 4.8 billion miles.

* Manufactured tonnage data provided by IHS Global Insight