The American Transportation Research Institute’s An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking 2012 update cites research showing the average marginal trucking cost per mile for 2011 was $1.71.
The research identifies fleet-generated marginal costs from 2008 to 2011 and provides carriers with an important high-level benchmarking tool. The 2011 cost is the highest of the four years studied. Following a sharp decline in fuel prices and the resulting decreased industry costs in 2008 and 2009, marginal costs have steadily risen through 2010 and 2011.
The per-mile costs were converted to hourly figures using an empirical truck operating speed. The total average industry cost per hour was $68.20 in 2011. Fuel and driver wages continue to be the largest cost centers for carrier, constituting 62% of the average operating cost in 2011.
The Operational Costs of Trucking report is available online at www.ATRI-online.org.