Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the tank trucking industry below.
What do tank trucks carry?
Tank trucks transport a variety of bulk commodities that are categorized as Hazmat and non-hazmat materials. They can be in the form of liquids or dry bulk products.
What are the different types of tank trucks?
Fuel/Gas and Diesel Tankers haul everything from jet fuel for airlines to delivering gasoline and diesel fuel to gas stations and truck stops. These tankers also transport renewable fuels.
Chemical tankers: Common products transported in chemical tankers includes various types of acids, liquid fertilizers, de-icer, ethylhexyl, glycol, naphtha, solvents, and alcohol. We service all end markets from commodities for every day household goods to heavy industrial and manufacturing.
Pneumatic tankers are the large tanks which haul bulk dry products such as sugar, cement and plastic pellets.
Propane tankers haul liquid propane.
Food Grade tankers haul food products like animal fat, wine, milk and other types of liquid foods, servicing both for human and pet consumption.
Additional types of tank trucks include petroleum tankers, agriculture tankers, water tankers, compressed natural gas (CNG) tankers, and compartmentalized (combined cargo) tankers. Tanker trucks can be pressurized/non-pressurized, vacuum sealed, insulated, or non-insulated.
What certifications do you need to become a tank truck driver?
To become a tank truck driver, you’ll need your commercial driver’s license (CDL-A). Additional certifications and training may include the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), Tanker Endorsement, and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program. Your trucking company will provide specific training depending on your equipment and haul.
For the U.S.: Class 8 commercial vehicles are subject to guidelines from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) who sets regulations on commercial vehicles. One of those regulations is that any driver who is hauling a tanker with over 1,000 gallons of liquid must have an endorsement on their commercial driver’s license (CDL-A). This involves taking a knowledge test to show they can safely operate a tanker trailer.
How much do tank truck drivers make on average?
Entry-level tanker drivers in the U.S. can start making $55,000 per year. Tanker drivers average around $80,000 per year and can reach into the $100,000 range for experienced and specialized drivers.
How do I join the tank truck industry?
If you’re new to the trucking industry:
1. Obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL-A) in the state you live in through a state department of motor vehicles office, driving school, employer-sponsored program, or military program. The application process requires you to obtain your commercial learner’s permit, complete entry-level driver training and pass a three-part skills test.
2. Complete additional training and certifications/endorsements (H-for hazmat, N-for tanker, X-for combination of both).
3. Meet the requirements of the employer/company you want to work for. Some tanker companies have specific experience criteria and waiver criteria.
4. Complete company training and orientation.
If you’re a current CDL holder, there are additional certifications you may need to complete such as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), Tanker Endorsement, and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program.
Once you’ve completed the necessary training, search for local trucking jobs using our interactive map.
Do I have to be a tank truck driver to be in the industry?
No, many companies offer extended training programs for hauling liquid tanker and the handling of specific products. The training is generally on the job training and is paid by the employer.
Some companies prefer for their new hires to have two or more years of related driving experience. Some have one year of related driving experience. Trucking companies have different minimum hiring criteria, and it is best to review each company separately for these.
How can I find available jobs and training opportunities?
Take the first step toward your tank trucking career by using the search feature on our interactive map. Just enter your location and interests to explore career opportunities in your area.
Do I have to pay for my own training?
Many employers will cover the application costs of your certifications and training such as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement Threat Assessment Program.
How do I become an NTTC member?
As an NTTC member, you’ll have an organization committed to fighting for your interests and dedicated to ensuring the tank truck industry remains safe. Visit the NTTC website to join now.
What are the benefits of becoming an NTTC member?
Gain a powerful voice in Washington, get timely answers to your tank truck concerns, network with other trucking professionals and celebrate our industry’s commitment to safety. You’ll have the opportunity to share experiences and learn from professionals who have been successful in the tank truck industry for many years.