The 2013 median pay for truckload national, irregular route van drivers was just over $46,000, while private fleet van drivers earned 58% more, at $73,000. While mileage-base pay packages are common, three out of four fleets pay drivers in multiple ways, according to the survey. The most frequent approach taken by a carrier utilizing two base pay methods was compensation by mileage and by hour.
"Fleets are raising pay and offering generous benefit packages in order to attract and keep their drivers in the face of a growing driver shortage," said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello. "As the economy grows, we are seeing an ever more competitive driver market," Costello said. "The data in this report will be critical for fleets looking to recruit and retain the best drivers."
Among the study's other key findings: