With adding extra permissions on your CDL you will be allowed to drive specific trucks that your CDL by itself is not covering and also will be able to transport different types of goods.
Improving your skills will affect on your truck driver salary. Another thing is that you will be required to have great knowledge about highway safety regulations about your vehicle and your load too.
Having endorsements will give you an opportunity to choose between loads that are paid more.
- Double and Triple Trailer Endorsement will allow you to drive multiple trailers because with your general CDL you can only drive single trailer truck. Can you imagine how this endorsement will affect on your truck driver salary?
- Air brake endorsement – will allow you to drive vehicles with air brakes. This is very important part because you will learn how to check the truck air brakes and how to repair some damage if occurs. This air brake endorsement is required to increase the safety on the roads with preparing the truck driver to maintain the good condition of the air brakes.
- Tanker vehicle endorsement will allow you to transport liquid loads. It will teach you how to load, how to check for leaks, in general, will prepare you for everything you need to transport this specific freight.
- Interstate CDL Endorsement – allows you to pass the state border and drive between different states. Being able to transport goods without limitation will increase your truck driver salary. But remember if you are a rookie truck driver you need to have at least 21 years to take this test.
- Hazardous Materials or known as HAZMAT endorsement will allow you to transport hazardous materials. With passing this endorsement you will get HAZMAT certification that will open more job opportunities and will increase the range of your truck driver salary.
These are few endorsements of the huge list but every one of them will help you to choose between loads that are paid more and to have dissent truck driver salary.
2. Gain Experience and increase your truck driver salary
Experience is one of the most important parameters for every job but for truck driver salary experience have special importance.