driver pay
Government, Business

Drivers Saw Modest Pay Raise in 2017

Driver Port of Seattle

A study of nearly 20,000 truck company owner-operators found that the drivers on average earned a little more money in 2017 while driving slightly fewer miles. However, pay varied depending on what segment the driver worked: dry-van, refrigerated, flatbed or as an independent who worked in one or more segments.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 15, 2018
Business, Logistics

Hornady Launches Minimum Pay Plan for Drivers


Hornady Transportation this month began a driver compensation program designed to give drivers a guaranteed weekly gross minimum pay.

Transport Topics
March 12, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

TRB Researchers Look at Safety, Relationship Between Pay and Driver Fatigue

Truck driver in his cab Thinkstock

WASHINGTON — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
January 11, 2018

Opinion: Don’t Forget, Drivers Are Trucking’s Most Important Asset

For the first time in more than a decade, the driver shortage tops the American Transportation Research Institute’s list of critical issues facing the trucking industry — and we should be ashamed.

Joe Chandler | President, SPI International Transportation
January 2, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Top Driver Complaints: Rude Staff, Pay, Intrusive In-Cab Technology, Analysts Say

Unhappy truck driver Getty Images

Fleet drivers have issues with their carrier’s staff, the company’s approach to equipment and maintenance, technology in their cabs and feel that they have little control over their work, according to WorkHound, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based provider of a smartphone-based system that allows truck drivers to anonymously discuss concerns they have with their employers.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017

Slow-Rising Driver Pay Set to Jump in 2018

Over-the-road truck driver Driver pay and other incentives continue their rise, analysts say. (Jupiterimages)

Driver pay and other incentives are on the rise, spurred by a growing economy, tight capacity, driver turnover and a persistent shortage of drivers, leaders from the National Transportation Institute recently told investors from Stifel, Nicholas & Co.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2017

Longhaul Driver Pay Jumps 1.6% in Third Quarter

Driver pay rose in the third quarter Getty Images

Longhaul truck driver pay rose in the third quarter as the truckload market tightened over the summer, setting the stage for a lift in salaries in 2018, according to the National Transportation Institute.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017

More Fleets Boost Driver Pay as Freight-Hauling Capacity Tightens

Kenan fuel delivery Kenan is looking to customers to support a program of guaranteed raises for drivers. (TT File Photo)

Increased demand for freight hauling is putting more pressure on motor carriers to raise compensation for drivers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
October 3, 2017

Driver Pay Shows Marginal Second-Quarter Growth

Slight increase in driver pay Shutterstock

The National Driver Wage Index, which measures over-the-road driver pay, rose 0.9% year-over-year in the second quarter, but the index is likely to grow at a faster pace as truckload carriers experience the positive effects of economic growth and the electronic logging mandate on freight rates, according to the National Transportation Institute.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
August 30, 2017

Southern Refrigerated Transport to Raise Driver Pay in October

Southern Refrigerated Transport will raise pay a penny per mile Oct. 1.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2017