The Nebraska trucking industry employs one out of every 12 workers in the state, providing 62,970 jobs.
Total trucking industry wages in Nebraska exceed $2.7 billion, with an average salary of $42,512. Truck drivers held 30,860 jobs with a mean annual salary of $34,660.
Paying the freight
Nebraska’s trucking industry pays approximately $302 million in federal and state road taxes and fees. Trucking paid 45 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Nebraska motorists, even though trucks represent only 13 percent of vehicle miles traveled.
A single tractor-trailer combination pays $5,601 in state highway user fees in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes. (These are over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Nebraska.)
Without trucks, Nebraska stops.
Trucks transport 76% of total manufactured tonnage in Nebraska.
Over 48 percent of Nebraska communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods.
Without trucks delivering the good stuff and getting rid of the bad stuff, here’s what would happen:
Gas stations would run out of fuel in as little as a few hours. Manufacturers would experience component shortages and manufacturing delays in as little as three hours. Hospitals and assisted care facilities would run out of medical supplies such as syringes within 24 hours. Grocery stores would experience shortages within 24 to 48 hours. And in just a few days, we would be surrounded by uncollected garbage and medical waste.