Truckload carriers did even better, growing revenue 11.1 percent on average last year. Parcel and same-day carriers increased revenue an average on 9.3 percent, while less-than-truckload carriers grew 6.4 percent.
It was the best performance by the companies on the list since 2004.
There were 16 companies on the list with more than a billion dollars in annual revenue, with three more reaching that category on this year's list. Collectively, the 16 saw their revenues rise by 14.1 percent. Two of those topped $10 billion -- UPS and FedEx.
The Top 50 list is produced by SJ Consulting Group, Pittsburgh, for The Journal of Commerce. A full report on the 2010 Top 50 will be published in the April 18 issue.