Salt Lake City-based C.R. England last week announced a multi-million dollar driver pay increase for most of its over-the-road drivers. The company said this is the largest pay increase in its 100-year history.
The pay increase, which went into effect on Dec. 1, is estimated to provide an average 15.5 percent increase to the base pay of OTR solo drivers. Drivers are also participating in a new bonus program launched Nov. 1, which provides incentives for safe driving and superior service. Earning top payout on the Safe & On-Time, Every Time Bonus, combined with the base pay increase, is estimated to provide up to a 25 percent total pay increase for eligible drivers, according to a statement from the company.
“We are very excited about this solo pay increase and are pleased to offer it at a time when professional truck drivers have been at the center of relief efforts related to the COVID crisis,” said Chief Executive Officer Chad England. “On average, we expect up to a 25 percent pay increase for eligible drivers and this is one of the biggest we’ve ever seen in our industry. We have high expectations of our drivers, but also want to reward them for their hard work and dedication. This is a multi-million-dollar investment in our drivers. When you combine this new pay increase with our robust miles and freight availability, we truly believe we have put together a world-class compensation package.”
In addition to these increases for the majority of drivers in C.R. England’s OTR Division, the company continues to evaluate and adjust pay for its already highly paid drivers in the Dedicated and Intermodal Divisions.