Melton Truck Lines, Inc.

Driver Pay

industry-leading Driver Pay

 qualIn 2020, our average driver made $65,000 – $72,000 based on OTR experience and our top driver in 2020 made over $100,000!

  • Melton has doubled our Tarp Pay to $100 per load. This adds over $10,000 to driver pay annually
  • Receive $5,000 Supplemental Pay to help you transition into a new career
  • Student drivers receive up to $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement
  • Call 866-715-8653 now for details.

Melton’s Base Pay Scale

We are excited to follow our largest driver pay increase in company history with yet another driver pay increase! Please reference the table below for the new driver pay changes.

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 base pay 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

Bonus Pay

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! 

Bonus Opportunities

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.

For a limited time, drivers can receive $5,000 supplemental pay. Please call 866-715-8653 now for details.

Bonus Pay Opportunities Pay
Supplemental Pay for All Incoming Drivers $5,000
Tuition Reimbursement (Recent Graduates) $10,000
Driver Referral Bonuses $1,500-$5,000

Tuition Reimbursement

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! The first payout will follow your 30-day Melton anniversary and the second will be on your six month anniversary.

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

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.

Driver Type Total 30 Days After Hire 6 Months After Hire
Experienced Drivers $5,000 $2,500 $2,500
Recent Grads/No Experience $1,500 $750 $750

For additional information on how to refer a driver or to keep up with the latest contests, please visit

Additional Pay

Melton Truck Lines has doubled tarp pay to $100 per load, adding over $10,000 to annual driver pay, among other additional pay opportunities. Please call 866-715-8653 for details.

Extra Pay Opportunities Pay
Tarp Pay $100/load
Over-Dimensional Loads 16 cpm
Hazmat Loads 6 cpm
Canada Loads 6 cpm
Extra pick-up/Drop/Repower $25
Clean DOT Inspections $25
NYC Borough Pay $75
Holiday Pay (6 Holidays) $30
Layover Pay $50/$75
Breakdown Pay Varies
Vacation Pay 1-4 Weeks’ Pay

OverDimensional Load Pay

Melton drivers receive an extra 16 cpm on top of their base pay for any over dimensional load.

Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Load Pay

Melton drivers receive an extra 6 cpm on top of their base pay for any hazmat load.

Canada Load Pay

Melton drivers receive an extra 6 cpm on top of their base pay for any load going into or out of Canada.

Extra Pick Up/Drop Pay/Repower

Melton drivers receive an additional $25 to pick up another load or cross Canada’s border.

Clean DOT Inspection Pay

Melton drivers receive an additional $25 for any clean DOT inspections.

NYC Borough Pay

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

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 $50 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.

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. 

Tarp Pay

Melton recently polled our drivers to find out what would be the most meaningful pay increase to them and the overwhelming response was tarp pay. We know that tarping loads is difficult and demanding and that flatbed drivers deserve to be paid the most in the industry. With that, Melton has decided to increase tarp pay for our drivers. Effective Feb. 2, our tarp pay increased from $50 to $100 per load! That increase in tarp pay can lead to an additional $5,000 to up to $10,000 per year for a driver. For example, if a driver hauls two tarped loads per week and works 42 weeks out of the year, that driver will make $8,400 in tarp pay on top of their per-mile pay.

Everyone would love to make an additional $5,000 to $10,000 this year but by being a flatbed truck driver, that money is hard-earned. While searching for truck driving jobs the flatbed pay may be enticing but we can honestly say that flatbed truck driving isn’t the right job for everyone. Being a flatbed driver requires dedication, physical strength, unique problemsolving skills, and pride in a job well done.

A properly tarped load will be safe from rain, snow, and wind and will arrive at the destination free of any road grime, salt, or sand. Experienced drivers know that load tarping is an art and a science. Tarps have to be placed on the load properly and rolled or folded in the right places or else they will catch the wind and flap while driving down the road.

A flapping tarp is not only annoying and unsightly, but it can also comprise the load. Each individual load presents its own unique challenges that require drivers to be precise and use their mind as well as their body. Flatbedders know their work is on display for everyone to see and criticize or compliment. Any tenured flatbed driver will say that they take pride in hauling a load that is safely secured and tightly tarped like a perfectly wrapped present.

Some loads are easier than others to tarp and secure and as with anything, drivers get quicker with time. An experienced driver can secure and tarp a single coil load in less than an hour, while inexperienced drivers can take up to four hours with more difficult loads. However, even if a load takes four hours to secure, with Melton’s new tarp pay, that’s still $25 an hour which equates to driving 50 miles at a pay rate of 50 cents per mile.

With a clean safety record, Class A CDL holders can get a well-paying driving job with any trucking company but for that special group of drivers who want to make the most money in the industry, stay fit, and challenge themselves every day, a flatbed driving job is the way to go.