Melton Driver Tarp Pay
Attention, Drivers, Melton Has Doubled Our Tarp Pay to $100 Per Load. This Adds Over $10,000 to Driver Pay Annually. Experienced Drivers! Limited Time Only - $5,000 Sign-On Bonus - New Drivers, Melton Has Also Doubled Our Tuition Reimbursement to $10,000 - New, $1500 sign-on bonus for recent CDL grads. - call 866-715-8653 now for details.
Melton understands that flatbed drivers work hard and we wanted to make sure they were being paid accordingly.
It is no secret that being a flatbed truck driver is a very difficult profession. While all truck driving jobs are difficult, flatbedding tops the list. Not only do flatbed drivers have to safely operate a fully loaded truck and trailer while dealing with weather, construction, and all the surrounding traffic they also have to safely secure and tarp their loads.
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 February 2nd 2021, 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 five to ten grand 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 problem solving 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, 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 some more difficult loads. However, even if a load takes 4 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 good 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.