GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Despite a truckload
downturn, North America's largest TL carrier, Schneider National, has
beefed up the paycheques for its entire company driver fleet.
Under the new pay package, effective Sept. 30, drivers will earn up to $4,500 more per year, the company says.
In addition, the carrier has improved its driver dispatch program to get more drivers home on a weekly basis.
Unfortunately, though, the pay boost does not apply to Canadian
drivers. "Schneider's pay increase will not apply to Canadian drivers
at this time. Our Canadian drivers already enjoy one of the best pay
packages in the Canadian marketplace," a spokesperson for Schneider
confirmed for TodaysTrucking.com
Schneider announces one of the largest
driver pay increases in its history
of the largest driver pay increases in Schneider history, Mark Rourke,
Schneider National truckload president, noted that the company's
investment in its U.S. drivers goes beyond pay to address work-life
Recent changes in Schneider National's driver dispatch system have
sweetened driver time at home. Nearly two-thirds of Schneider drivers
now get home daily or weekly.
The new compensation program is for Schneider mileage-based over-the-road, dedicated and bulk drivers.
Inexperienced drivers receive company-provided training and will earn
$.30-$.34 per mile (US $36,000-$46,000 per year); experienced drivers
with one-year behind the wheel will earn $.39-$.42 per mile; drivers
with three-years of experience will earn $.40-$.43 per mile; Veterans
with five-years-plus experience will earn $.41-$.455 per mile.
Compensation varies by region where the driver operates.
Gordon Klemp, president of the National Transportation Institute, which
tracks driver pay trends through its National Survey of Driver Wages,
said the increase is particularly significant given the softening of
the freight industry in 2007.
"This increase puts Schneider among the top tier for both pay and
benefits, something all drivers are looking for when deciding where
they'd like to work," said Klemp. "Schneider is one of the first
truckload carriers in 2007 to announce a pay increase, and drivers will
certainly take note." Courtesy of Today's Trucking