This post was last updated on August 5th, 2016
Acme Trucking (also known as Acme Truck Line) has been in business since 1960 and is a leader in the transport industry. The company has a reputation for offering great pay and plenty of work for their truckers – both new and experienced.
Driving for Acme
Acme caters to over 50 markets, so they’re never short on miles. If you’re thinking of applying to be a driver with Acme Trucking, here’s what you can expect from the company during your first year.
Before you start thinking about how much you’ll get paid, there are a few things you should know about Acme. For starters, Acme doesn’t actually own any trucks. The company uses leased equipment only.
The company also hauls at least 9,000 truckloads of heavy haul, hotshot and flatbed freight each week. So, you’ll have plenty of miles and enjoy steady work.
Unlike other trucking companies, Acme offers non-forced dispatch to owner operators. That’s one major advantage that Acme has over other companies that work with owner operators.
Acme also offers excellent benefits with a 401(k) plan available, health insurance and an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
There’s a reason why so many drivers choose to work for Acme. Aside from great benefits, the company offers excellent pay. If you’re an owner operator, your earnings are virtually limitless.
How Much Can You Earn with Acme Trucking?
Acme does not state how much they pay drivers on their official website. However, if you search for job openings for the company, Acme states that drivers can earn $150,000+ per year as an owner operator.
2016 Update: Per Indeed.com stats, Acme Truck Line is now the best paying truck company in the US with an average driver salary of $82,892.
Debit cards and direct deposit options are available for easy pay. Acme also offers cash advances and fuel cards to drivers.
Acme also offers lease-on bonuses from time to time, which can be up to $1,000. The company welcomes both solo and team drivers.
If you’re worried about being paid, you’ll be happy to learn that Acme always pays its drivers on time. Haul one week, and get paid the next. It’s that simple.
Does Acme Offer Paid CDL Training?
Acme does not offer paid CDL training. You’ll need to complete training at a truck driving school and earn your CDL before you can be considered for a position as a driver.
Acme Truck Line Inc Benefits
As mentioned previously, Acme offers some excellent benefits to drivers. Aside from health insurance, drivers can also take advantage of a 401(k) plan as well as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan.
You’ll need to work for the company for a while before the benefits kick in, but that’s standard procedure with most trucking companies.
Most owner operators who work with Acme enjoy 4 nights per week at home, which is higher than average. If you enjoy the benefits of being your own boss but don’t want to sacrifice your home/family life, working for Acme Truck Lines as an owner operator is a smart choice.
Ready to apply to be an Acme driver? To be considered for a driver position, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- At least 21 years old
- Can read and speak English well enough to converse with the general public and to understand traffic signs and signals.
- Can determine whether the cargo has been located, distributed and secured properly.
- Can safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Meets Subpart E physical qualifications.
- Has a valid CDL license.
- Has completed the driver’s road test and issued a certificate for completing the test.
To be considered for an owner operator position, you’ll need to have at least 1 year of OTR experience within the last 3 years, or 3 years of OTR experience in the last 10 years. All of your equipment must meet DOT requirements as well. Although you’ll need some experience before you can be considered for a position, owner operators own a great salary when working with Acme.
That being said, there is one important thing all potential drivers need to keep in mind: Acme is rather strict when it comes to hiring new drivers. Because of their stringent requirements, only 40% of drivers who apply will be hired.
The company is looking to maintain their reputation for having the best drivers in the industry.
Acme is also the only trucking company that has been accredited by the IADC to train its truckers in Safe Land Rig Pass certification.
Hundreds of Acme drivers have been with the company for over 5 years, and the company states that they offer clear, transparent settlement sheets.
Acme offers competitive pay, great benefits and maintains a reputation for being one of the safest trucking companies around. Owner operators can earn over $100,000 per year, but even company drivers are offered excellent pay and benefits. If you can meet the company’s stringent hiring requirements, you’ll enjoy plenty of miles, great pay and steady work.