The tanker division at Schneider National, Schneider National Bulk Carriers, is increasing owner-operator compensation by 5 cents per mile. The new rate increases owner-operator compensation to $1.05 per mile, plus fuel surcharge, for loaded and unloaded miles.

"Schneider National Bulk Carriers' increase of $.05 per mile for tanker owner-operators is a very aggressive move and is one of few that we're aware of in the industry for owner-operators," said Gordon Klemp, president of the National Transportation Institute. "The new rate, strong because it's on loaded and unloaded miles, reconfirms our judgment that Schneider is a top-paying carrier."

Schneider's tanker owner-operators average 125,000 miles a year and, with the largest increase in company history for this group taking effect on Dec. 5, could see an extra $6,250 per year in revenue with the new mileage rate.

"We have had double-digit growth in 2010 and are expecting the same in 2011," said George Grossardt, vice president and general manager for Schneider National Bulk Carriers. "Our customers need long-haul chemical carriers who are committed to this market and drivers who have a strong regard for operating safely and with the highest levels of service."

Schneider National Bulk Carriers will be adding experienced tanker owner-operators and will also provide training to assist owner-operators considering a transition into the chemical-hauling industry.

Schneider is in full compliance with the new safety standards after the first CSA BASICs (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) review, making the carrier a smart choice for owner-operators looking to do business with an organization as committed to safety as they are. Owner-operators are also able to turn to Schneider for support as the new CSA rules are implemented industry-wide. The company provides drivers with their individual performance data and works with the FMCSA if the data are incorrect.

In addition Schneider Finance features truck-leasing/purchasing options for drivers looking to start their own business as an owner-operator.