More fleets announce driver pay increases

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July 5, 2018 CCj Staff

Three trucking companies recently announced pay increases for drivers, including Milan Express, Risinger and Central Oregon Truck Company.

Milan Express (No. 237 on the CCJ Top 250), beginning July 8, will pay experienced company drivers between 42 and 52 cents-per-mile, based on experience, resulting in annual earnings of $63,960 to $76,960 based on 2,500 miles per week, according to the company.

Company team drivers will earn between 49.4 cents to 54.4 cents-per-mile, earning between $143,000 and $150,800 for 5,000 miles per week.

Additionally, Milan’s new pay plan increases stop pay by 33.3 percent and hourly pay for all accessorials by between 9 and 50 percent.

Central Oregon Truck Company, part of the larger Daseke Inc. group of fleets, announced it is implementing a “Weekly Driver Salary Pay,” similar to the plan its sister company, Smokey Point Distributing, announced in May.

The program gives new drivers a $65,000 a year base, while more experienced drivers can make upwards of $90,000 a year. The company is also guaranteeing at least 2,430 miles per week with a minimum salary of $1,250.

The company has also started a team pay program in which team drivers can earn between $2,350 and $3,345 gross each week, for an annual salary between $122,000 to $173,000

Risinger, based in Morton, Ill., launched a new “Triple Play” program on June 17 that gives drivers three different pay incentives for owner-operators and lease-purchase drivers.

With the new program, drivers can earn a weekly minimum pay guarantee of $1,000, a $1,000 sign-on bonus and up to a $1,000 quarterly “High Roller” safety and productivity bonus.

The company also offers bonus opportunities, 100 percent no-touch freight, fuel surcharge, paid tolls and scales, and no Qualcomm fees.