Truck Driver Pay
Industry-Leading Pay for Truck Drivers
Melton’s OTR Pay Per Mile
How much does a truck driver make per mile? According to Indeed.com, the average cent per mile pay for truck drivers (company solo driver) falls between $0.40 CPM – $0.64 CPM.
At Melton, your starting pay is based on your verifiable over-the-road (OTR) experience.
Once you become a part of the Melton Truck Lines team, you will receive raises based on your accumulated months of OTR experience until you drive 120,000 miles with Melton. At that point, you will continue to receive raises based on the Melton miles you drive.
Our truck driver pay per mile scale is below:
|Qualified Driving Experience||Pay 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?
According to Salary.com, the average truck driver pay in the US sits anywhere from about $45,000 – $58,000 annually.
How Much Do Flatbed Truck Drivers Make?
On average, our flatbed drivers make $65,000 – $75,000 based on OTR experience and our top drivers make over $100,000!
How Much Do Over the Road Truckers Make?
According to Salary.com, the average pay for an OTR truck driver is about $51,000 – $66,000 annually.
Bonus Trucking Pay Opportunities
Driver’s bonus pay, profit sharing, tarp pay, per diem pay, and additional bonus opportunities could lead to huge earnings for our drivers as well!
Melton offers many ways for our flatbed drivers to get additional pay. 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.
30 Days After Hire
6 Months After Hire
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.
Melton Truck Lines has doubled tarp pay to $100 per load, adding over $10,000 to annual truck driver pay, among other additional pay opportunities. 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|
|Over-Dimensional Loads||16 cpm|
|Hazmat Loads||6 cpm|
|Canada Loads||6 cpm|
|Clean DOT Inspections||$25|
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.
Drivers receive $75 after 24-hours and $75 each additional 24-hours of waiting after your last an “Empty Call” request.
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.
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.
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.
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!