I see so much pain from people who become drivers not knowing what to expect, so I wanted to leave this information to help those who are on the fence. Make sure you are compatible before becoming a trucker. Here are some things you should consider.
Starting pay is more like $25,000-$35,000 the 1st year.
You will likely not find a job to get you home every weekend. Usually you will be out for 2 to 3 weeks at a time. Depends largely on where you live. Same for local.
If you have used drugs, you should not try to become a trucker until you are sure it is out of your system and you should not use again. it will ruin your career.
As a trucker you can not go home at will.
If you have 1 felony or DUI that is over 5 years old it is possible to get a trucking job. It won't be easy, but it is possible. Especially if you have been employed between then and now.
The cost of trucking school is usually between $3,000 and $8,000 dollars. Community college may be the best value for most.
Company sponsored or free training is available at some trucking companies. This is a good choice for some. If you do go this route, make sure you understand the terms. Usually you will sign a contract to work for the company for a year or more in exchange for the 'free training'.
Try to fulfill your contract. If you decide to leave DO NOT take it upon yourself to drive the truck to a terminal and leave it. DO NOT leave it parked any where else and get a ride home. It will ruin your trucking career. Abandonment will be on your record.