Cheeseman Trucking

Cheeseman Transport Pay

Cheeseman Transport is an LTL specialist that has a 75+ year track record of success and one of the lowest claims ratios in the industry. Known for its quality pay and flexible home time, truckers seeking steady work may want to consider a career with Cheeseman.

Cheeseman Trucking Jobs


Cheeseman is hiring for the following positions:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • Regional plus
  • Over the road

Recruitment areas include part or all of the following: Delaware, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Texas and Arkansas.

Career opportunities are available for:

  • Class A CDL drivers
  • Regional positions
  • OTR positions

Driver Requirements

Cheeseman Transport’s driver requirements are:

  • Class A CDL
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Hazmat and tanker endorsement
  • 3 or fewer moving violations in the last 36 months
  • No serious moving violations in the last 36 months
  • Tractor-trailer experience in the last 6 months

If you do not have your hazmat or tanker endorsement, you must be willing to obtain it to work for Cheeseman.

All drivers are expected to be customer oriented and have a strong focus on safety.

Apprentice Opportunities

Cheeseman Transport is willing to train you and ensure that you have a position with the company through its Classic Apprentice Program. The program requires you to:

  • Be 21 years of age
  • Already have a Class A CDL
  • Live within a 60-mile radius of its terminals in Ohio or South Carolina

Drivers are paid $150/day and will be in their apprenticeship for 10 – 12 weeks.

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Cheeseman Transport Pay

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According to Cheeseman, drivers earn an average of 70cpm when combining:

  • Mileage pay
  • Handling pay
  • Stop pay

Mileage Pay

Drivers are paid for all routed miles based on their experience level and where they’ll be driving. Drivers are paid via direct deposit.

Cheeseman breaks down routes into different zones: Base, Green and Red.

Base (North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana and Ohio)

Experience & Pay Rate

  • Less than 12 months: $0.54
  • Less than 36 months: $0.55
  • Greater than 36 months: $0.56

Placarded Drivers (+$0.04)

  • Less than 12 months: $0.58
  • Less than 36 months: $0.59
  • More than 36 months: $0.60

Red (The Northeast, Canada, California, Nevada and Arizona)

Experience & Pay Rate

  • Less than 12 months: $0.66
  • Less than 36 months: $0.67
  • Greater than 36 months: $0.68

Placarded Drivers (+$0.04)

  • Less than 12 months: $0.70
  • Less than 36 months: $0.71
  • More than 36 months: $0.72

Green (The rest of the U.S.)

Experience & Pay Rate

  • Less than 12 months: $0.63
  • Less than 36 months: $0.64
  • Greater than 36 months: $0.65

Placarded Drivers (+$0.04)

  • Less than 12 months: $0.67
  • Less than 36 months: $0.68
  • More than 36 months: $0.69

Stop Pay

In addition to mileage pay, drivers are also given Stop Pay for customer pick up, delivery, drop/hook, etc. The amount of Stop Pay depends on the service area, but ranges from:

  • $14-$30 per stop

On average, OTR and regional drivers make 4-10 stops per day.

Handling Pay

Cheeseman also offers Handling Pay for blocking/unblocking. This pay is for securing freight in the trailer with blocks and with either a crowbar or a nail gun.

Pay for the securement, handling, blocks and pulling nails is:

  • $1.00 per 1,000 pounds

Additional Pay

Along with Mileage, Stop and Handling pay, Cheeseman offers:

  • Safety bonuses
  • Services awards
  • Sign-on bonuses (up to $3,000)
  • Referral bonuses

Cheeseman Benefits

Drivers at Cheeseman receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

Health Insurance and Cash-Out Options

Drivers can choose between two health plans:

  • Standard plan with co-pays and deductibles
  • High-deductible plan

Prescription plans are also available for both options.

Additionally, drivers can choose the Monthly Health Insurance Cash-Out option. These drivers are still eligible for Core Life Insurance, STD and Voluntary benefits.

Voluntary benefits include:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Long-term disability
  • Life
  • Critical illness
  • Accidental death and dismemberment

Cheeseman’s health insurance options also include telemedicine, which allows drivers to get in touch with a healthcare provider anytime, anywhere and have their prescriptions sent to any pharmacy.

401(K) Plan

Cheeseman offers a 401(k) plan with company match. Their options include standard 401(k), Roth, loan options, and deferrals.

Performance and Referral Bonuses

All drivers are eligible for a quarterly performance bonus, paid at $0.1 per mile. Referral bonuses are $5,000 for each hired employee.

Vacation and Home Time

Drivers earn two weeks of PTO after working for the company for two years. The company recently enhanced its PTO schedule, so employees get more time off at a quicker rate.

Local drivers are home every day, and OTR drivers are home every week to see their families.

Cheeseman Transport offers great weekly pay options, sign-on bonuses, good benefits and even an apprenticeship program for up-and-coming drivers. Drivers leave rave reviews about the company and always have good things to say about the pay.