Maryland Trucking Industry Facts

The trucking industry drives Maryland's economy, delivering the goods and creating good jobs for our citizens.

Trucking Drives the Economy 

  • Employment: The trucking industry in Maryland provides over 116,000 jobs, or one out of 18 in the state.  Total trucking industry wages paid in Maryland exceed $6.1 billion, with an average annual trucking industry salary of over $52,000.   
  • Transportation of Essential Products: Trucks transport 88 percent of total manufactured tonnage in the state, or 139,800 tons per day.  93 percent of Maryland communities depend exclusively on trucks to move their goods. 

Trucking Pays the Freight 

  • As an Industry: The trucking industry in Maryland pays approximately $525 million in federal and state roadway taxes and fees.  The industry paid 29 percent of all taxes and fees owed by Maryland motorists, despite trucks representing only 6 percent of vehicle miles traveled in the state. 
  • Individual Companies: A typical five-axle tractor-semitrailer combination pays $7,405 in state highway user fees and taxes in addition to $8,906 in federal user fees and taxes.  These taxes were over and above the typical taxes paid by businesses in Maryland.  
  • Roadway Use: Maryland has over 32,000 miles of public roads over which all motorists traveled 57 billion miles.  Trucking's use of the public roads was 3.4 billion miles.  

Safety Matters

  • Continually Improving: At the national level, the large truck fatal crash rate for 2015 was 1.29 fatal crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (VMT).  This rate has dropped by 72 percent  since the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) began keeping these records in 1975, while the number of trucks on the highways have more than doubled.
  • Sharing the Road: The trucking industry is committed to sharing the road safely with all vehicles.  The Share the Road program sends a team of professional truck drivers to communities around the country to teach car drivers about truck blind spots, stopping distances, and how to merge safely around large trucks, which is all designed to reduce the number of car-truck accidents.  
  • Safety First: Maryland Motor Truck Association members put safety first through improved driver training, investment in advanced safety technologies, and active participation in industry safety initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.  

Trucks Deliver a Cleaner Tomorrow

  • Fuel Consumption: The trucking industry continues to improve energy and environmental efficiency even while increasing the number of miles driven.  New commercial trucks being manufactured today reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 20% when compared to a truck manufactured in 2010. This equates to a savings of 4 gallons of fuel for every 100 miles traveled. 
  • Emissions: Through advancements in engine technology and fuel refinements, new diesel truck engines produce 98 percent fewer particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions than a similar engine manufactured prior to 1990.  Sulfur emissions from diesel engines have also been reduced by 97 percent since 1999. 
  • Partnerships: Through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership, the trucking industry is working with government and businesses to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and take steps to reduce them.