CRST boosts OTR team driver pay by over 30%


Iowa-based CRST announced the largest increase to its team driver pay package in company history. Aimed at achieving industry-leading pay, this change will increase CRST’s team over-the-road driver base earnings by over 30%, according to a statement from the company.

Effective May 2, this pay increase will focus on ensuring that every over-the-road driver in the team fleet has a strong compensation package that grows quickly to match their experience and expertise, CRST said. Experienced drivers can expect to earn 60 cents per mile or more, and can quickly grow these earnings to 85 CPM. 

In addition, new CDL holders will earn four increases within their first year, aggressively growing their base earnings by over 60% during this time, with eligibility to more than double their earnings after the first year.

“Our success starts with our drivers—they are fundamental to everything we do, and we are proud that our new pay package vaults CRST into the top tier of companies across the industry. Our drivers make us a leader in transportation and logistics, and they should get paid what they deserve.” said CRST's President and CEO Hugh Ekberg.

In addition to this driver pay increase, the CRST team over-the-road division continues to make program changes to increase driver career satisfaction. In 2020, they announced weekly home time opportunities, which are now available in 25 major markets across the US.  The Health Sciences over-the-road fleet, known for their special handling of life-saving medicines and the COVID vaccine, recently announced a pay increase that brings earning potential beyond 80 CPM.

Across all divisions, CRST offers many of their driving partners the option to choose increased home time packages, dedicated routes, and career opportunities as independent contractors.  Professional drivers, at any stage of their career, can find the driving position and the support they deserve, for a long-term career at CRST. 

CRST is one of the largest privately-held transportation companies in the United States. CRST provides an array of transportation solutions, including team expedited, flatbed, dedicated services, truckload capacity solutions, transportation management, high-value product white-glove services, and big and bulky home delivery and installation.

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