U.S. Xpress, a leading truckload carrier based in Chattanooga, Tenn. today announced it is increasing the base mileage pay for its over the road, solo, non-dedicated drivers by an average of 13 percent, effective Aug. 25.
U.S. Xpress, which had $1.6 billion in revenues last year, said it implemented the raise and other compensation changes to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain qualified drivers.
U.S. Xpress (12th in Commercial Carrier Journal’s Top 250 rankings) employs 7,000 company drivers and another 1,300 independent contractors. It has 6,800 tractors and 18,000 trailers.
“The trucking industry has and will always remain the lifeblood of the U.S. economy,” said Max Fuller, chief executive officer for U.S. Xpress. “More important, our industry needs to celebrate professional, career drivers and better reward them for the hard work they do day in and day out to safely deliver freight on time and without incident. Drivers are the ones who ensure that our store shelves are not empty, manufacturing does not grind to a halt and our economy does not stall.
“At U.S. Xpress, we understand the importance of what these drivers do every day and the value they provide to our company and for our customers. By increasing the base mileage pay by an average of 13 percent for our non-dedicated, OTR solo truck drivers, U.S. Xpress is taking a monumental step to becoming the carrier of choice for safe, career-minded professional truck drivers.”
In addition to increasing the base mileage pay, U.S. Xpress eliminated the sliding pay scale for all OTR solo drivers. For many, the sliding pay scale made it difficult for drivers to calculate their base pay from week to week. Starting on Aug. 25, U.S. Xpress will implement a simpler pay structure where all OTR solo drivers will earn the same base mileage pay regardless of the length of haul.
For more information, visit www.usxjobs.com or contact U.S. Xpress at (866)-576-2979.