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Industry-Leading trucking Company pay

Melton has top-notch equipment, excellent base pay, great bonus programs, and great freight. Melton Truck Lines invests in their drivers by supporting good health and nurturing and mentoring new to the industry drivers with hands-on training. Flatbedding is hard work and Melton not only recognizes that, but rewards it with money like the $100 tarp pay.
Michael M.

Driver, Melton Truck Lines

hOW MUCH DO TRUCK DRIVERS MAKE?

How much do our truck drivers make? At Melton, our trucking pay per mile is based on verifiable over-the-road (OTR) experience.

Once you become a part of the Melton Truck Lines team, you will receive raises to your base trucking pay based on your accumulated months of OTR experience until you drive 120,000 miles with Melton. At that point, a truck driver’s income will increase depending on miles driven. Take a look at our pay scale for our CDL drivers!

Qualified Driving Experience

Pay Rate Per Mile

0-5 months 52 CPM
6-11 months 53 CPM
1-3 years 58 CPM
3+ years 60 CPM
After 120,000 Melton miles 60 CPM
After 240,000 Melton miles 61 CPM
After 360,000 Melton miles 62 CPM
After 600,000 Melton miles 63 CPM
After 900,000 Melton miles 64 CPM
After 1,200,000 Melton miles 65 CPM

How Much Do Truck Drivers Make Per Mile?

Pay for truck drivers is based on cents per mile driven as opposed to traditional hourly pay rates. The average truck driver’s pay per mile ranges from $0.40 to $0.50 depending on experience and type of freight. With an average of 2,500 miles per week, a truck driver’s income will average $4,875 a month or $58,500 per year.

We’re proud our truck driver per mile pay falls above the average truck driver pay, along with our many bonus opportunities and chances to earn extra every year. Unlike the industry average CPM, our trucking company pays up to 65 cents per mile.

What is the Average Pay Per Mile for Truck Drivers at Melton?

Our average truck driver salary is $65,000 – $75,000 based on OTR experience and tenure with Melton. The top 50% of Melton drivers average $98,000/year!

What is the Average Truck Driver’s Starting Pay Per Mile?

The average rate per mile for new truck drivers is $0.43 CPM across all types of driving. Melton starts new drivers at a minimum of $0.52 CPM – one of the highest truck driver starting pay rates in the industry.

Bonus Trucking Pay Opportunities

Driver’s bonus pay, profit sharing, tarp pay, per diem pay, and additional bonus opportunities could lead to huge increases to our truck drivers’ compensation, on top of our CDL driver’s average weekly pay-per-mile salary of $1,300-$1,500! This means our OTR driver pay is an average of $5,200-$6,000 a month.

Melton offers many ways to earn additional pay on top of our truck driver’s pay-per-mile salary. These additional pay opportunities place Melton’s pay and benefits package in the top 10% among North American for-hire trucking companies.

Driver Referral Bonus

If you refer a driver and they are hired with Melton, you will receive the payouts below as long as you are still an active driver. 

Experienced Drivers

Total

30 Days After Hire

6 Months After Hire

Recent Grads/No Experience

Total

30 Days After Hire

6 Months After Hire

Tuition Reimbursement for CDL Graduates

Recent CDL school graduates with four or less months of OTR can qualify for Melton’s tuition reimbursement program. Our plan will pay $150 every month up to $10,000! Payments will begin once you are off the Road Training truck at your hire date each month and will continue until fully paid.

If the driver paid less than $10,000 pursuing their CDL the payout will stop at the amount they paid.

Additional truck driving Pay

Melton Truck Lines has doubled tarp pay to $100 per load, adding over $10,000 to annual driver pay. This is in addition to our base over the road truck driver pay, layover and breakdown pay for our truck drivers, among other additional opportunities for hazmat certified truckers, drivers who complete clean DOT inspections, and more! The extra trucking pay opportunities listed below are paid in addition to our base pay per mile. Please call 866-715-8653 for details.

Extra Pay Opportunities Pay
Tarp Pay Rate $100/load
Over-Dimensional Loads Rate 16 cpm
Hazmat Load Rate 6 cpm
Canada Load Rate 6 cpm
Extra pick-up/Drop/Repower $25
Clean DOT Inspections $25
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Holiday Pay

Drivers receive an additional $30 per day for paid holidays, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Layover Pay

Drivers receive $75 after 24-hours and $75 each additional 24-hours of waiting after your last an “Empty Call” request.

Breakdown Pay

Melton does our best to keep our trucks rolling with top-of-the-line maintenance and 24/7 outside repair, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control or take longer than normal to repair.

The amount of breakdown pay will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Vacation Pay

Drivers receive one week of paid vacation after one year of employment, two weeks after two years, and three weeks after ten years.

Vacation pay is based on average weekly wages and is paid on a regular paycheck.

NYC Borough Pay

Drivers receive an additional $75 for traveling into the NYC boroughs. Traveling in NYC is less than 1% of our freight.

Per Diem Program

Ask about our new Per Diem Program that can increase your take-home pay by $2,500-$6,000 annually. Our Per Diem Program FAQs can help drivers decide if the program is beneficial for them. 

Our truck driver Per Diem Calculator can assist in quickly determining additional take-home amounts.

Holiday Pay

Drivers receive an additional $30 per day for paid holidays, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas day.

Layover Pay

Drivers receive $75 after 24 hours and $75 for each additional 24 hours of waiting after your last “Empty Call” request.

Breakdown Pay

Melton does our best to keep our trucks rolling with top-of-the-line maintenance and 24/7 outside repair, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control or take longer than normal to repair.

The amount of breakdown pay will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Vacation Pay

Drivers receive one week of paid vacation after one year of employment, two weeks after two years, and three weeks after ten years.

Vacation pay is based on average weekly wages and is paid on a regular paycheck.

NYC Borough Pay

Drivers receive an additional $75 for traveling into the NYC boroughs. Traveling in NYC is less than 1% of our freight.

Per Diem Program

Ask about our new Per Diem Program that can increase your take-home pay by $2,500-$6,000 annually. Our Per Diem Program FAQs can help drivers decide if the program is beneficial for them.

Our Per Diem Calculator can assist drivers in determining their additional take-home amounts.

Fuel Bonus

Drivers have the opportunity to earn an additional $1,500/quarter (up to $6,000/year) extra for achieving our fuel bonus criteria.

We have fuel bonus experts here to advise you on best practices and adjustments you can make to achieve the bonus and maintain consistent MPG.

Career Paths

Melton offers numerous career paths and opportunities for drivers to get involved, have fun, and earn extra cash on top of base pay.

If you’d like to explore the opportunities we offer our drivers, you can visit our Career Paths page here!

Road Warrior Program

Melton has added an extra layer of flexibility by providing our OTR drivers the option to choose an additional day of home time or extra cash based on the amount of time they are out on the road.

In 2022, participating OTR drivers cashed in an average of $1,200 in Road Warrior program payouts!

Fuel Bonus

Drivers have the opportunity to earn an additional $1,500/quarter (up to $6,000 / year) extra for achieving our fuel bonus criteria.

We have fuel bonus experts here to advise you on best practices and adjustments you can make to achieve the bonus and maintain consistent MPG.

Career Paths

Melton offers numerous career paths and opportunities for drivers to get involved, have fun, and earn extra cash on top of our base over the road trucking pay.

If you’d like to explore the opportunities we offer our drivers, you can visit our Career Paths page here!

Road Warrior Program

Melton has added an extra layer of flexibility by providing our OTR drivers the option to choose an additional day of home time or extra cash based on the amount of time they are out on the road.

In 2022, participating OTR drivers cashed in an average of  $1,200 in Road Warrior program payouts!