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How Trucking Went From One of the Best Jobs in America to One of the Worst

May 11, 2016 at 10:44 AM CST
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Longer hours, lower pay, less clout

In 1980, the average trucker in America was making an annual salary, adjusted for inflation, equal to more than $110,000 today. Twenty-five years later, truckers make on average about $40,000 a year, working harder, longer hours, and with less job security.