If you want to get a job with the best paying trucking companies in the US, start with the top—the top 25 that is. The Journal of Commerce (JOC) regularly puts out a list of the top trucking companies of the year. For truck drivers interested in getting trucking jobs with general freight haulers, we have deciphered the list to identify those freight haulers you’d be most interested to work for. Check out our findings before you make your final choice in trucking employers.
Top 25 General Freight Trucking Companies
Before listing these top performing companies, consider how the findings are gathered. The list is generated by taking into account several factors including annual revenue, percent change in revenue, and public perception of the companies. Without further ado, here they are in rank from first to 25th:
- JB Hunt Transport Services
- YRC Worldwide
- Swift Transportation
- Schneider National
- Landstar System
- XPO Logistics, which now owns Conway
- Old Dominion Freight Line
- Estes Express Line
- Werner Enterprises
- Roadrunner Transportation Services
- US Xpress Enterprises
- Kenan Advantage Group
- R & L Carriers
- CR England
- CRST International
- Knight Transportation
- Averitt Express
- Southeastern Freight Lines
- Celadon Group
- Crete Carrier
- Cardinal Logistics
- Quality Distribution
These companies haul general freight in a variety of ways, such as LTL, truckload, dry van, heavy haul, specialized, and dedicated. Each was selected for the 2016 list based on their performance in 2015.
What to Look for in Top Paying Trucking Companies
When you take a good look at each of these companies to consider whether or not you would want to work for them, here are some tips:
- Check out their benefits packages. You want a trucking company that offers great benefits, but you also want to consider if you’ll take advantage of the benefits. Not interested in affordable dental, vision and healthcare coverage? Then it wouldn’t make sense to choose a trucking company that has the best insurance options. Almost ready to retire? You probably won’t benefit from a 401k at this late in the game, so this won’t be a deal breaker for you.
- Look at their driver retention and turnover rates. If the turnover rate is far greater than the retention rate, it’s a bad sign. Even the best paying trucking companies aren’t top notch if they can’t keep their drivers employed. This is most likely a human resources or personnel issue, i.e. dispatchers who make the lives of drivers miserable.
- What will you get paid per mile? How long will you be home between home time? Will you get holidays off, and will they be paid holidays? These are just a few of the questions you will want to ask about your potential trucking employer. Think of other questions that are relevant to your situation, such as ability to take time off when needed for family issues, etc.
Each of these issues are imperative when it comes to choosing a truck driving job. After all, you won’t be happy working for the best general freight hauling company if you aren’t receiving the benefits or job requests that you want. Another key here is to look for companies on this list that are in your home state or region. If you have to move to another part of the country to take a truck driving job, this might not be the best plan for you financially and personally. If you are new to the trucking industry, however, and you have little by way of needs or demands, you can kick off your truck driving career by opting for one of these top performing general freight hauling firms.