AAA Cooper Transportation is a privately-held trucking company with a fleet of 2,400 tractors and 6,000 trailers. The company was launched in the 1950s, and has since grown to be a leader in the industry.
AAA Cooper specializes in less than truckload, international, dedicated and AAA Cooper tracking services.
You’re sure to find steady work with ACT Trucking, but will you be paid well? Let’s take a look at the job requirements and compensation offered.
A Brief History of AAA Cooper Transportation
John H. Dove started AAA Cooper, known as AAA Motor Lines at the time, in 1955. The company was technically already in existence, but Mr. Dove purchased the ownership of the company and changed the name.
Like many other carriers, AAA Motor Lines had difficulties throughout the 50s, 60s and early 70s due to tight regulations. In the mid-70s, when deregulation came about, the company began flourishing. By the 1980s, the company was rapidly expanding and continues growing today.
In 1997, ACT began serving Puerto Rico, and today, they serve Canada and Mexico as well. The company also provides a weekly import and export service to Western Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Africa, Australia and Hawaii.
AAA Cooper Driver Requirements and Job Responsibilities
At AAA Cooper, you’ll find a few basic positions available:
- Dedicated OTR
- Weekly regional route
- Dedicated local/regional
- Pick-up and delivery
Each of these positions comes with a basic set of job responsibilities, and ACT’s driver requirements are broad-based. To be considered for a position as a driver at ACT, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Hold a Class A CDL with double/triple and HAZMAT endorsements
- At least 21 years of age
- High school diploma, or an equivalent
- Pass the DOT pre-employment drug screening
- Pass the DOT physical
- Pass the ACT road test
- Have two years of driving experience (preferred, but not essential)
- Able to perform basic math calculations
- Able to read, write and communicate in English
Some jobs, like the pick-up and delivery position also require that drivers be able to push or pull freight up to 500 pounds on a dolly or cart. Drivers in this position must also be able to push or pull freight weighing 100 pounds without assistance.
As for job responsibilities, these may vary depending on the position, but basic duties include:
- Safe and legal operation of a commercial motor vehicle
- Maintain records to comply with state and federal regulations
- Check shipping documents to ensure the load complies with regulations
- Inspect equipment to ensure it is in safe operating condition
- Ensure all shipping documentation is available for inspection
- Hook and unhook trailers
- Load and unload trailers, and move freight (pick-up and delivery)
- Record type and quantity of shipments
On paper, these responsibilities are pretty standard and what you’d find with most carriers. But the company’s list also states that additional tasks may be required that are related to the position.
The job duties may be standard, but what about the pay?
AAA Cooper Transportation Jobs: Salary and Benefits
AAA Cooper Transportation Pay Rankings
Finding pay information for AAA Cooper jobs can be difficult – the company doesn’t list any information on their website. You’ll find little more than a short landing page for their careers, with no real information about any of the positions they offer.
And to search for jobs, you’ll need to give them a lot of personal information.
Thankfully, Glassdoor and Indeed offer some salary information:
Glassdoor provides the following information:
- $66,112 per year for truck drivers
- $64,909 per year for owner operators
- $20-$22/hour per year for drivers
- $62,000-$67,000 per year for dedicated drivers
Indeed provides the following information:
- $56,097 per year for truck drivers
- $53,049 per year for drivers
There’s a bit of a discrepancy between these two sites – and not just on salaries. Both offer completely different views on what it’s like to work for the company.
Drivers who reviewed the company on Glassdoor had mostly negative things to say, but there’s no way to know whether the employees were actual drivers, or office workers. One person with a negative experience worked in the clerical department.
Over on Indeed, the views are much more positive. Drivers complain of the long hours, but most are satisfied with the pay and atmosphere. Some were unhappy with management, but this is common with any job. The long hours and lack of life balance were the two biggest complaints.
We can vouch for the complaints about the long hours, at least for weekly regional drivers. Job listings for this position in the company state that drivers average about 2,500 miles per week, with five days out.
What about company benefits?
Benefits are one thing that ACT does list on their site. Here’s what you’ll receive as a driver at the company:
- Health insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Long-term disability
- HAS (Health Savings Account)
- Life insurance
- Sick pay
- 401(k) plan
- Wellness programs
- Vacation pay
- Smoking cessation program
- Company holidays
- Employee assistance program
- Tuition reimbursement
When it comes to pay and benefits, AAA Cooper Transportation is on par with the competition. While they do not offer top pay, drivers say the work environment is great and the miles are consistent. The only issue is the long hours.
If you’re a rookie, ACT may be a great place to start, especially if you don’t have a family. It’s difficult to know exactly what the company pays because they aren’t transparent about their salary information online. But if reviews from other drivers are any indication, the compensation is standard or above average.