Photo: Evan Lockridge

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Truckload and logistics provider Werner Enterprises is increasing pay for its 48-state solo-van company drivers effective Jan. 1, 2016, the company has announced.

Company drivers will receive an increase that equates to an average of $5,000 annually, according to Werner. The pay increase will impact about 1,400 drivers in the company’s One-Way Truckload Van fleet.

This is the second pay increase announced by Werner in the past month. A per-mile raise in pay for solo-van owner-operators became effective Nov. 3. The carrier said that hike was the largest owner-operator per mile increase in company history and equates to a total of $10,000 in increased annual payments for all 48-state solo-van owner operators, who account for about one third of Werner’s owner operator fleet.

The company also announced pay increases for regional owner-operators and more dedicated opportunities for owner-operators.

“We consistently review compensation packages to see where improvements can and should be made,” said Derek Leathers, Werner’s president and COO. “Pay increases are one piece of our multi-faceted approach to attract and retain the best in the industry and make Werner the employer of choice.”