What companies pay drivers an actual salary?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by Jeremy102077, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Jeremy102077

    Jeremy102077 Bobtail Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Las Vegas, NV
    Was talking to my cousin the other day, who back in March, changed from one mega carrier (that I'll choose not to name for his privacy), to a moderate sized carrier (that I'll also not name) that I've seen plenty of around but never thought much about... for a couple reasons. One, they're based in a part of the country that I'm not crazy about driving in, especially during the cold months, and everybody that's done OTR knows you can always expect to wind up in your carrier's home turf once or twice a month, give or take, depending on other factors. Two, they're a reefer carrier. I've done plenty of reefer in my years of driving, though mostly dry van; I don't mind reefer, sometimes it's just as good or better (all parts of my experiences considered), but for the most part, those are the exceptions, and I usually simply prefer dry. Anyway, don't mean to get off track too much.

    So I ask him how the new job is going. He's got a few nice perks similar to my current job, such as the freedom to fuel at any major stops he chooses to go to, and the ability to choose his own route. Then he tells me he's also on a flat rate salary of $65k, even gets paid on his time off since he makes the same paycheck every week, also still gets fuel and safety bonuses, paid vacation every year, etc. I asked him a lot more, and he told me plenty. He asks me if I'm interested in coming on board, not trying to recruit me for a bonus like how we all know we all do at times, but mind you, this is my cousin, so just family trying to help family. I tell him I'm not gonna lie, that I'm sure as hell interested, but want to think on it a bit longer and do some further homework, and also wouldn't be even thinking about making a switch until after I survive the holidays anyway lol.

    But it got me to thinking though. I wonder if I asked around, how many dry van carriers that pay a flat rate salary that I could find? Or even other reefer carriers too, I suppose. I know there's always this company or that I've heard of here or there. There was a point when I used to call recruiting and inquire with just about every company I saw on the road that got my interest, which was A LOT of companies I'm talking about. But for the most part, these searches usually didn't wind up yielding much, and even less or pretty much zilch in terms of the ones that offered a salary. I could only imagine the hysterical laughing I would've heard, had I ever asked for it as an alternative pay option. I've never done tank or flatbed, as I've just never felt it would be for me. Dropped my doub/trip endorsement years ago, kept the tank and hm ends. for obvious reasons. But if there's any of those carriers or other types of freight haulers I didn't mention, that pay flat rate salaries you'd like to also mention for other people on here, feel free. Thanks!
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  3. gpf87

    gpf87 Heavy Load Member

    Feb 2, 2017
    Great Plains out North Dakota. I drove for their sister company down the street (Holland) and was always on I-80,I-90,I-94 in the winter months . We were usually given direction to avoid I-70 west of Denver though

    Shipex offers salary but once again in a crappy part of the country(Utah) during the winter months

    There is a company out of Phoenix AZ called Fresh Freight that offers $1500 per week salary . I usually see them with me on I-8,I-10,I-20,I-40 . I don't know if they go up north or not

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  4. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Fresh Freight does look good on the website and has 12 videos on there.
    FRESH FREIGHT is hiring Drivers with 2+ years verifiable experience required.
    • Western Regional (Phoenix based)
    • Guaranteed Salary • New Equipment
    • W2 with Health Benefits • Family Owned Values
    Fresh Freight
    Fresh Determined To Deliver – Safe & Professional Food Transportation
    Fresh Freight is a privately-owned company that is leading the way and we are always looking for professional drivers to join our family.
    Fresh Freight - Phoenix, Arizona | Facebook
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    Fresh Freight. 51 likes · 82 talking about this · 2 were here. Whether you’re shipping APPLES from Washington, GREENS from Salinas, CITRUS from Arizona, POTATOES from Idaho, BEEF from Texas, or
    • Location: 3900 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85018,
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
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  6. wulfman75

    wulfman75 Road Train Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Athens, GA
    Pretty sure the company the OP is talking about is Great Plains.
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  7. Tennesseahawk

    Tennesseahawk Road Train Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    I drove for GP for 20 months and loved it. Had to leave due to medical reasons tho. If I were going back OTR, I'm almost positive it would be with them. Their 2000+ mile runs were the bee's knees. Rarely had to run deep into the night, due to having 3-5 days to get the freight delivered. I'm also anxious to see how their salary plan holds up.
  8. Short Fuse EOD

    Short Fuse EOD Medium Load Member

    Jul 29, 2015
  9. racemaxx24

    racemaxx24 Medium Load Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Meiborg Inc out of Rockford IL pays salary now pulling dry boxes
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  10. Rocky2020

    Rocky2020 Bobtail Member

    Jan 21, 2020
    Springfield, Mo
    Transport National Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
    Mmmmm...65k flat rate? I dont know if that's a serious upgrade from mileage. Even on mileage, 65k is doable if you have experience. The guarantees probably has catch. I remember a former driver for K&B told me that X amount of minimum miles had to be ran to get that guaranteed $1250 weekly they advertise
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