Booming Arkansas Industry: Transportation & Logistics

By Arkansas Next on Monday, October 25, 2021

Arkansas is home to two transportation/trucking companies on Fortune magazine's list of the largest 1,000 companies in the U.S., based on annual revenue: J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. and ABF Freight Systems Inc.

There are 22 major trucking companies in Arkansas.

20% of the top 25 largest employers in Arkansas are in the transportation services sector.

12,000 are employed in transportation equipment manufacturing.

More than 85,000 Arkansans are employed at more than 80 distribution centers.
(Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

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More Jobs in Transportation & Logistics

Education Level: High School Diploma/GED

Cargo and Freight Agents (or Freight Forwarders)
Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments
Median Salary in Arkansas: $44,660

Distribution Center Managers (transportation, storage and other)
Manage day-to-day activities at centralized distribution centers
Median Salary in Arkansas: $78,030

Fleet Managers
Supervise and coordinate activities of material-moving machines and vehicle operators
Median Salary in Arkansas: $46,360

Global Transportation Managers
Plan, direct or coordinate transportation, storage or distribution activities
Median Salary in Arkansas: $78,030

Materials Planner (or Production, Planning and Expediting Clerks)
Reviewing and distributing production, work and shipment schedules
Median Salary in Arkansas: $55,190

Shipping Coordinators (or Shipping, Receiving and Inventory Clerks)
Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments involving inventory
Median Salary in Arkansas: $35,540

Supply Chain Managers
Manage inventory through purchasing and receiving and organizing the movement of goods to and from warehouses and distribution centers
Median Salary in Arkansas: $102,818*


Education Level: Certification

Transportation Inspectors
Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.
Median Salary in Arkansas: $81,210


Education Level: Associate Degree or Higher

Logistics Analysts
Analyze product delivery or supply chain processes
Median Salary in Arkansas: $68,580

Logistics Engineers
Design or analyze operational solutions for projects such as transportation optimization
Median Salary in Arkansas: $68,580

Loss Prevention Managers
Plan and manage policies and, procedures to prevent the loss of assets; determine risk exposure
Median Salary in Arkansas: $78,700

Purchasing Managers
Plan, direct or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers
Median Salary in Arkansas: $73,870

Transportation Engineers and Planners
Plan modifications of existing streets, highways or freeways to improve traffic flow.
Median Salary in Arkansas:  $79,200

Warehouse Supervisors
Supervise warehouse staff and oversee inventory levels; ensures safety and efficient usage of space
Median Salary in Arkansas:  $58,418*

*Average Arkansas salary, according to
 Source: and

Top 15 Transportation Companies With the Most Arkansas Employees

1. UPS Freight 495,000**
2. XPO Logistics 100,000**
3. FedEx Freight 45,000
4. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 29,106
5. YRC Worldwide Inc. 29,000
6. Schneider 15,650
7. ArcBest Corp. 13,000
8. P.A.M. Transport Inc. 2,666
9. USA Truck Inc. 2,160
10. Maverick USA Inc. 2,125
11. Oakley Trucking Inc. 895
12. Rich Logistics 860
13. CalArk International 729
14. Twin City Transportation 190
15. Woodfield Inc. 141

(Arkansas Business)