When getting started in the transportation industry, it can be difficult to understand which companies are there for you and your career and which are simply fly-by-night organizations.
Our pay scale guide offers new drivers a head start on the industry and we hope gives you a leg up on a successful CDL career.
You may be surprised to find out the different career options available within the trucking industry.
Most people when they hear the word “trucker” simply think of OTR drivers, grinding away each day for miles and miles covering 8+ hour shifts.
The reality is that there are many different routes one can take to be a truck driver. OTR is big for sure, but you also have several regional and local driving positions that provide a large portion of the overall jobs in the industry.
Barr Nunn is a trucking company that was founded in 1982 and now runs 1,860 trailers and 550 tractors.
The company specializes in the shipment of consumer products, food, paper, plastic, rubber, appliances, building material, casting, hardware, animal feeds and more.
In 2014, the company was acquired by Knight Transportation, but Barr Nunn still operates as an independent subsidiary.
Barr Nunn is one of the most successful trucking companies in the business. But how well does the carrier pay its drivers?
Barr Nunn is a little more transparent about their pay rates than other companies in the business.
According to the company, drivers in this sector earn, on average, $86,996 per year.
Here’s a breakdown of how the pay works:
1-5 Years, No Hazmat
5+ Years, No Hazmat
1-5 Years with CDL Hazmat
5+ Years with CDL Hazmat
Barr Nunn says drivers in this sector earn about $82,992 per year.
Here’s a breakdown of the pay scale:
Solo drivers working in the OTR Zone 3 sector earn about $79,248 per year, according to Barr Nunn.
Here’s what the pay scale looks like:
Barr Nunn says drivers in this fleet earn on average $79,764 per year.
Here’s the breakdown of pay rates for this sector
Teams without hazmat will start at $0.65 to $0.70 per mile depending on fleet.
Teams with hazmat with start at $0.70 to $0.75 per mile depending on fleet.
Teams earn CSA Safety Bonuses of $700 (no hazmat) or $875 (hazmat), each driver, every 90 days plus a day of paid time off.
2019 Update: Barr Nunn recently created a new pay offering called Northeast Shift Load Pay where drivers will earn $235 per on duty shift worked and $55 per load hauled during that shift.
These regional shifts are broken up by a 10 hour break. Drivers work 5 days per week Sunday – Thursday with Friday and Saturday off.
This fleet is offered to drivers in eastern Pennsylvania, the entire state of New Jersey, most of Maryland except the eastern shore and the very northern part of Virginia.
Barr Nunn rewards drivers for safety and offers benefits that are hard to beat.
Drivers can earn safety pay raises every 40,000 miles, and 3-9 days of paid time off is also earned every 60,000 paid miles.
Every 90 days, drivers can earn a Safety/CSA bonus of $600 or $775 plus a day of Paid Time Off. Barr-Nunn also offers a matching 401(k) program.
Detention pay kicks in after just 60 minutes, and drivers get higher band pay when working on complete loads less than 551 miles.
Regional driver are home every weekend. OTR drivers get home either every other weekend for 3 full days or every 18 days for 4 full days depending on where they live.
A Free rider program is available at day one, and drivers also get Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance as part of their benefits package.
All freight is 100% no touch, and 85% drop and hook.
Barr Nunn is very transparent about their pay rates and benefits, which makes it easy for you – the driver – to determine whether the company will be a good fit for you.