Booming Arkansas Industry: Transportation & Logistics

By Arkansas Next on Thursday, September 15, 2022

 1 in 10 jobs in the state are in transportation.

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 9,520 trucking companies that call Arkansas home.

$55 million -  Investment by Hino Motors Manufacturing to expand in Marion and add 200 jobs

► 86% of Arkansas communities depend exclusively on trucks to transport and deliver goods.

12,000 are employed in transportation equipment manufacturing.

More than 55,000 Arkansans are employed at distribution centers and trucking firms.
(Arkansas Economic Development Commission)

Meet The Pros

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

Commercial Truck Driver
Transports goods from one location to another.
Median Salary in Arkansas: $49,090

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 13 Transportation Companies With the Most Arkansas Employees

1. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. 7,904

ArcBest Corp.

3. USA Truck Inc.
4. Maverick USA Inc. 548
5. P.A.M. Transport Inc. 503
6. CalArk International 428

XPO Logistics Inc.


Wayne Smith Trucking Inc.


Stallion Transportation Group

10. Woodfield Inc. 122
11. Oakley Trucking Inc. 103
12. Twin City Transportation 78
13. Star Transportaion LLC 45

(Arkansas Business)