Source: The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) An
Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking: 2014 Update.
Average Marginal Trucking Costs per Mile, United States,
Trucking is a highly competitive industry since the
barriers of entry are low. The two most significant operating costs of trucking
are fuel (38%) and wages and benefits (35%). Jointly, they account for
about 73% of all costs. There is very little flexibility in this cost
structure, implying that fluctuations in energy prices cannot be mitigated
well and impact directly the low profit margins of the industry
(less than 10%).