Top 10 Highest Paying Truck Driving Companies

Top 10 Highest Paying Truck Driving Companies

September 7, 2019 Off By Bruno Maiorana

I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “If you don’t like big trucks, don’t buy stuff.”

 

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It’s true that a huge portion of the American economy couldn’t function without truck drivers, but if this is your career, or one you’re interested in, it might be nice to know which companies offer the most for your services. As someone who has been working for more than 10 years for the same company,  it was nice to see that there is so much information available about other companies. Below you will find a summary of my research.

 

A website called TDS recently put out a list of the top-paying truck driver companies in the United States. One caveat is that trucking companies generally pay by the mile, not the hour, but these salaries are close to estimating that. So higher salary seems like it would generally be higher pay per mile. The details depend on the company, but if you’re interested, I’d say visit their sites, send them an email, or call them. 

 

I was able to get quite a bit of information from the official websites as well as general job review websites such as Indeed, Glass Door, and others. Reviews can’t always be verified, but in general, most people like to take a look at online reviews before purchasing something or committing to something. 

 

Their motto is “At the heart of food and service.” Their main corporate offices are located in Texas, but they have locations across the U.S. 

 

Pros

They pay their drivers $41.92 per hour or $87,204 a year. It seems that drivers are happy about the high salary, and there are excellent benefits such as discounts on food. At number one on the list, they seem an amazing fit if you are a truck driver looking for higher wages. 

 

Cons

There is a lot of physical labor demanded on behalf of the company. Truck drivers will also be helping to lift and move boxes in addition to their actual driving routes. There were also some complaints about the corporate structure of the company and their handling of employees. While many reviewers said this company gave them a good salary, it was extremely demanding. 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know if anyone can remember the days when most Wal-Marts were not open 24 hours a day, and their selections were way smaller! They have definitely come a long way.

 

Pros

Wal-Mart drivers get paid $41.35 an hour or $86,000 per year. As one of the most iconic retailers, one of the main advantages would be not only the competitive salary, but the number of positions needed to supply so many of their stores. In addition to any other benefits, you would be working for a very well known company.

 

Cons


I had seen a lot of reviewers complained about management issues and organizational problems. Communication seemed to be a problem for some drivers while other drivers felt the job was fantastic. My guess is that because Wal-Mart is so massive, that your locations probably determine a lot of how things go. 

 

GP Transco comes in third on the salary list, and their main office is in Darien, Illinois.  The very up to date looking website says that they deliver 2,500,000,000 pounds of cargo per year. 

 

Pros

They pay $40.38 an hour and $80,000 a year. When looking through reviews, I did not see a whole lot about benefits, but I imagine there are likely somewhere. 

 

Cons

Some drivers had very negative experiences while others did not., sysco, gp transco 

 

According to their company website, they were started in 1931 and originally based out of Virgina. They have offices throughout the U.S., but seemed to be mostly based out of North Carolina. 

 

Pros


Their salary was listed at $40.35 or $883,921.00 a year. Benefits seem to be good, and positive feedback listed that there was good time available to spend with family. 

Cons

There were some negative reviews. Some complaints involved dispatch and less than ideal equipment.

 

 

 

Their website says “Safety. Service. Value.” They are based out of Louisiana. When I first saw their name I thought of the ACME company from the old Road Runner cartoons. I think they are similar in name only.

 

Pros 

Their pay would be $39.85 per hour and $82,892.00 per year. Some drivers seemed to love the environment and thought the staff was helpful.

 

Cons

One thing I saw among negative reviews was that the work was not always stable so there might be more dry spells than with other companies. 

 

 

 

 

Something interesting they mention on their website is that they do not pay by mile or by hour. They actually pay you with “a percentage of the loads you haul.” That probably is one of the reasons they made it to the top ten. If someone is thinking of joining them, I hope you get a truck full of Fabergé eggs!

 

Pros

They list numerous awards on their website. Their hourly salary would be $38.42 per hour with $79,906.00 per year. It seems some of the appealing things about their company included healthcare and equipment.

 

Cons


There are some drivers who complained about problems with management and communication. 

 

 

 

 

This company has a significant trucking present in both the U.S. and Canada. Their website also mentions they are involved in “environmental initiatives.”

 

Pros


Salary with Trimac would be $36.92 and $76,796.00 a year. Some drivers thought this company paid well and offered good amounts of work.

 

Cons


There seemed to be more negative reviews on Trimac than on the other companies. Some reoccurring things I found were issues with management and not enough stability in workloads.

 

 

Forbes put Estes Trucking on their list for America’s Best Large Employers of 2019. Their corporate headquarters is in Richmond, Virginia.

 

Pros

Their salary is 36.06 per hour and 75,000 per year.  Some positive things that were said included their family environment, good benefits, and good atmosphere.


Cons

Some drivers had issues with management and erratic scheduling.

 

 

They offer a free ebook on packing shipments which might be useful to truck drivers and others. They boast environmental awards which they list on their site. 

 

Pros

Their salary is $35.37 an hour and $73,562.00 a year. Cleanliness, good management, and a good working environment seem to be prominent on a lot of reviews. It seems truck drivers like the way they are able to communicate with management about their needs.

 

Cons

Something I noticed among the negative reviews was that equipment was outdated or not very efficient, and this made it more difficult to get things done. 

 

 

 

 

 

Their company is based out of Missouri. Their website section on Border Security states  they “work with federal agencies to help develop such programs as C-TPAT, PIP, FAST and ACE.”

 

Pros

They pay $34.78 an hour or  $72,339 a year. Good benefits were mentioned as a perk.

 

Cons

There were some negative reviews regarding how unionization had affected the company and its performance. 

 

Conclusion

 

If you’re in the truck driving business no doubt you are familiar with some or most of these companies. It’s always good to look at multiple sources before you make decisions for your employment, but it can’t hurt to be open to different possibilities. I was surprised at the scope of these companies – some were relatively new while others were much older for example. Best of luck checking out these companies and click here for the article I wrote on other ways to monetize your tuck! 

 

Top 10 highest paying Truck Driving Companies