May 15, 2015 2:30 PM, EDT

Watkins & Shepard, Bay & Bay Boost Driver Pay

Two truckload carriers announced they are boosting their drivers’ pay.

Watkins & Shepard Trucking, based in Missoula, Montana, will raise its pay about 10% across the board on June 1 for both company drivers and owner-operators, a company official said. That follows an increase last fall.

“It should make us pretty darn competitive from what we see out there,” said Joseph Vandenburgh, the company’s recruiting manager.

Its owner-operator pay is up to about $1.20 for teams and about $1.15 for dedicated, plus fuel, he said.

Bay & Bay Transportation announced the second pay increase of the year for its drivers, which the company said will its bring base pay range to 41 to 45 cents per mile, depending on a driver’s length of tenure with previous companies.

“This second enhancement reflects evolving market conditions and ensures competitive pay for our drivers,” said Aaron Thompson, executive vice president of the Rosemount, Minnesota-based truckload carrier.

Company drivers also will be able to earn an additional 1 to 4 cents per mile in bonuses, depending on experience, and the increases are designed to reward drivers for their long history of stability, Bay & Bay said.