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Crete Carrier Increasing Driver Compensation

March 14, 2014

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Photo: Evan Lockridge
Photo: Evan Lockridge
Crete Carrier Corporation is increasing compensation for all national over the road truck drivers and owner operators at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, and Hunt Transportation. 

The pay increase will take effect on April 1 and make starting pay for national Crete Carrier drivers range from 43 cents to 47 cents per mile while starting pay for national Shaffer Trucking drivers will range from 44 cents to 48 cents per mile, depending on experience. Hunt Transportation starting pay for national drivers will be 42 cents to 46 cents per practical mile, depending on experience.

According to a published report the average national fleet driver at the Nebraska-based carrier will earn up to $2,800 more each year versus the old rates, excluding benefits and other incentives.

In an interview with the Omaha World Herald, one Crete representative said the announcement follows the company having to cap the compensation for a significant number of its drivers during the recent economic downturn. 


  1. 1. Brad tavenner [ March 15, 2014 @ 03:20PM ]

    Still not enough. Truckers should be make really good money for what theyDoo. If Jimmy Hoffa was still around we wouldn't have a shortage of drivers. R.I.P Jimmy. .... PS . Pay bye the hour. It's a JOB like any other. Trucker time is just as valuable as any one else in the work force.

  2. 2. Peter McManus [ March 17, 2014 @ 11:48AM ]

    Brad, this is a serious question...for what hours would you pay OTR drivers? Recent labor laws and court rulings in California are pushing towards compensation of drivers on an hourly rate. Currently, a large number (majority) of drivers are only compensated for productive time (per mile of driving) with hourly rates only being "added" with extenuating conditions. It will require a fundamental shift in the industry, but still may not mean more take home pay for the driver unless other changes occur. So my second question is...what should the annual salary be for a full time driver. Currently, conventional wisdom suggests starting drivers make something in the low thirties with a cap in the mid-forties.

  3. 3. Bob [ March 17, 2014 @ 06:52PM ]

    The content of this article has been the same for years. "Driver pay per mile increased at "X" carrier......". This is only one side of the comp picture, and drivers know this. Merely an increase in pay per mile, without a comprehensive plan in place to maximize miles and minimize dead/down time is fluff and false advertising. The slight of hand terminology of "up to $2800 more....".....well, it's irrelevant without the other multiplier (miles per day/week/month/year) being effectively managed. Stop this potentially, misleading form of subliminal recruiting please.

  4. 4. haller [ March 21, 2014 @ 03:28PM ]

    54 dollars per week,,, now Crete you've got me thinking ,,,,ahahahahahahahaahahhahahahah... NO


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