Melton increases driver wages

Melton, Tulsa-based flatbed carrier, is the latest company to increase wages for its drivers.

Melton Truck Lines, a Tulsa-based flatbed carrier, has announced a pay raise for its drivers.

The join Con-way and U.S. Xpress, which announced driver wage increases last week.

In a statement, Melton said company drivers will receive at least 2 cents per mile increase in pay. Melton’s pay scale still varies depending on experience and tenure. This increase will start student drivers at 37 CPM and will give the most experienced drivers 50 CPM.

Melton said the increases can boost a drivers annual pay by $2,400 or more.

“I promise my drivers if they work hard and smart, they will be well compensated,” said Melton President Bob Peterson. “This raise is well-deserved and just the first of many. We know that base pay is just a part of a terrific package.

“Drivers want affordable healthcare coverage and an opportunity to retire comfortably.  They also want to share in the financial success of their company.  For this reason, I am committed to providing quality insurance, free onsite clinics and dentists, a 401K with a generous match, and profit sharing opportunities.”

Angie Buchanan, Vice President of Safety & Human Resources, added, “We know that our professionals drive for more than just money.  It’s about independence, adventure, and fulfilling the dream of driving a ‘big truck’.  Our drivers strive for excellence.

“We challenge ourselves every day to develop and maintain programs that make drivers and their family members feel like the most important parts of our team.  We know that professional drivers have choices and we want them to choose Melton.”

In business for over 60 years, Melton has offices and terminals in Tulsa, Dallas, Laredo, El Paso, Birmingham and Masury, Ohio.