Fact Sheet


CVTA Facts

  • CVTA is the largest trade association representing the interests of truck driving schools, students, motor carriers, and the businesses that depend on their services.
  • Working with members and partners on critical industry issues, CVTA is the leading voice of commercial vehicle education in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States on driver training issues.
  • CVTA is comprised of:
    • 190+ member schools who train over 50,000 drivers each year.
    • 20+ motor carrier members.
    • 30+ associate members.
  • CVTA member schools operate both accredited and state licensed schools in 41 States.
  • A majority of CVTA member schools have placement rates of 90% or better.
  • CVTA and its members are committed to promoting the highest quality standards for commercial driving training schools and the students they help graduate.
  • Many CVTA students rely on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title IV Direct Loans, Pell Grants, Post 9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, private loans, scholarships, or other grants to fund their training.


  • Trucks drive economic growth and jobs in America—in fact, the industry currently supports almost 7 million jobs, including just over 3 million professional drivers.1
  • The Trucking Industry is currently facing a shortage of 38,000 drivers annually and the shortage is expected reach 239,000 drivers short of needed demand over the next 10 years.
  • Entry-level truck drivers are often “pre-hired” before beginning their driver training, thus they begin working almost immediately after completion of training.
  • Entry-level drivers enjoy an average starting salary of $38,000-$45,000 per year, plus benefits, bonuses, tuition reimbursement, etc.
  • Trucking companies and other corporations rely on driving schools graduates to fill the growing driver demand.
  • The truck driver occupation is listed as an “occupation with the most growth” by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.2
  • In 2013, the trucking industry was an astounding $681.7 billion industry, representing 81.2 percent of the nation’s freight bill.3

1. Available at http://truckingmovesamerica.com/aboutus/
2. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupations with the most job growth, 2014 and projected 2024 Available at http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_104.htm
3. American Trucking Associations-Trucking Moves America Forward “Trucking Industry Fact Sheet” (August 2014), available at http://www.trucking.org/Get_Trucking.aspx