Grand Island Express won the grand prize, as a small carrier, in the 2019 Safety Awards. The company operates in 38 states in the eastern US as a small refrigerator carrier. Grand Island specializes in high-level, time sensitive performance for products that are temperature-controlled and require an irregular route.
There are over 145 trucks on the road, with 14.75 million miles driven in 2019 alone. Fleet growth was 15% and drivers continue to rate the company the Best Fleet to Drive For nine years and counting.
Grand Island Express pay is also superb.
Grand Island Express Annual Salary
Grand Island Express Rankings
Grand Island knows that a good, safe trucking fleet starts with the truckers that are on the road day and night. Long haul drivers with the company earn an average of $83,000 per year, according to data supplied to Indeed.com.
According to recent job listings for Grand Island Express, the company claims to pay the following:
OTR Company Drivers
Five openings are currently available in the US for CDL A drivers. The positions are all full time and don’t require you to transport hazmat material. The listing claims the following:
$1,305 per week on average
$57,000 to $80,000 per year total earnings
Benefits kick in within 30 days
Drivers must have six months of OTR experience
Drivers who live in Nebraska are guaranteed home time every 7 to 10 days
As a driver, you’re paid for layover and detention. Profit sharing and 401(k) programs are available along with company paid life insurance and no touch freight. If you refer anyone to work with Grand Island, you’ll receive a referral bonus, although no details are provided.
As an owner/operator with Grand Island you’ll be working full-time, with deliveries across the United States. The company has a lot of positions available for owner/operators. You’ll need to have at least 6 to 11 months of experience to apply.
Owners will be paid for loaded and empty miles and can expect:
$3,294 a week on average
100% paid lumpers
Layover and detention pay
100% fuel discount
Drivers can enter the partner program, and there’s also a rewards program offered.
Mobile communication is offered for free along with an East Coast bonus to drivers. If you do have to drive on the east coast, all EZPass and PrePass costs are provided through the company.
Grand Island Trucking jobs are listed on their official website to alert potential drivers of what opportunities they may have available. Grand Island Trucking pay is great, and the company is known for their safety, but what are drivers saying?
Grand Island Trucking Reviews
Grand Island Express drivers have given the company mostly positive reviews. The only main complaint is about the same as for any OTR company: long bouts away from home.
Sometimes, you’ll be several states over when an emergency hits, causing you to not be able to rush home. The 7 to 10 days away from home can be grueling for some drivers, but it’s part of the OTR lifestyle.
Aside from this common complaint, drivers also have a lot of good things to say:
Dispatch treats you like a team
Great pay and good equipment
Company actually knows driver’s names
Overall, drivers had a good experience driving for Grand Island.
There are times when you’ll be stuck waiting around for loads, and for drivers, this waiting around means that you’re going to be losing out on money.
Micromanagement does exist in some capacity, but it depends on the dispatch and area.
If you want to make money and don’t mind working 25 – 27 days a month, you can make a lot of money driving for Grand Island Express. Work is almost always available, but home time is sparse.