Operational Costs of Trucking

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released its Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking: 2022 Update.

The cost of trucking in 2021 increased to its highest level in the 15-year history of ATRI’s Ops Costs: $1.855 per mile. Though fuel saw the single largest jump in expense, nearly every other line-item cost center grew or remained constant. Even when fuel costs are removed, the marginal costs of trucking increased by 10 cents between 2020 and 2021, from $1.338 to $1.438. Leading contributors to this increase were fuel, repair and maintenance, and driver wages.

Table below shows per-mile costs for each cost center over the past ten years.