Trucking Drives the Economy

Employment: In 2011, the trucking industry in Arizona provided 104,790 jobs, or one out of 18 in the state. Total trucking industry wages paid in Arizona in 2011 exceeded $4.5 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of $43,334. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported in May 2011 that truck drivers, heavy, tractor-trailer and light, delivery drivers, held 35,870 jobs with a mean annual salary of $38,755.

Small Business Emphasis: In 2012, there were over 7,300 trucking companies located in Arizona, 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 72% of total manufactured tonnage in the state in 2010 or 355,988 tons per day.* Over 85% of Arizona communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.


As an Industry: In 2009, the trucking industry in Arizona paid approximately $708 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees. The industry paid 45% of all taxes and fees owed by Arizona motorists, despite trucks representing only 13% of vehicle miles traveled in the state.

Individual Companies: As of January 2013, a typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination paid $8,522 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 Arizona.

Roadway Use: In 2008, Arizona had 60,440 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 62 billion miles. Trucking’s use of the public roads was 8.2 billion miles..

* Manufactured tonnage data provided by IHS Global Insight