Hirschbach is a privately owned trucking company that has been in operation for over 80 years and is pushing to change the role of technology in logistics. The company maintains a fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles and refrigeration units that utilize state-of-the-art communication software and equipment.
The company aims to change the shape of transportation technology, and this goal starts with high-end, trained drivers.
Who Owns Hirschbach Motor Lines?
Hirschbach is a privately-owned operation that is operated by the Grojean family. The company started under Ray Hirschbach in 1935. He, at the time, started with a single truck. The company has now grown into an operation with over 1,200 refrigerated trailers and 700+ tractors.
Hirschbach is responsible for handling fresh and frozen products across the United States. The company also has experience in dry goods handling.
How Much Does Hirschbach Pay Their Drivers?
In terms of Hirschbach’s pay scale, the figures vary greatly.
As of November 2018, we do not have enough reported salary data to give an accurate hard estimate.
Here is what we do know…
Indeed.com mentions that the company pays as much as $67,453 a year, or just $500 a week.
The difference here is staggering, with $500 per week coming out to just $26,000 a year without any vacation time.
Keep in mind that the $67,453 is the average reported salary, but some are reporting salaries as high as $143,000. The higher salary is likely an owner-operator.
According to a company release from early in 2018, lease OTR drivers received a pay raise. This is a good indicator of how much a company may pay non-lease drivers. The company raised the cents-per-mile by 10 cents, putting operators on a path to $75,000 a year.
Lease OTR operators are also guaranteed to make no less than $1.00 per mile for all miles driven.
I’m also finding ads for the company on job sites that guarantee $1,250 in weekly pay on a dedicated route. This would come out to $5,000 per month or roughly $65,000 a year, but the figure will be less due to holidays and vacation pay, which is much lower than $1,250 a week ($500).
Hirschbach Driver Benefits
Hirschbach’s driver medical benefits are:
- First class medical plans that include dental, vision and medical benefits and start after 60 days of employment.
- Wellness incentives
- Coverage for additional family members
- $10,000 free life insurance policy
- Voluntary life insurance
- Accident and critical illness
- Short-term disability
- Long-term disability
Financial benefits include:
- Company matching 401K retirement plan
- Vacation time
- Grandfathered vacation pay from a previous employer
Vacation time pay starts at $500 per week, and a driver will be able to have one week of vacation after driving with the company for one year. After three years, drivers will receive two weeks’ vacation. Three weeks of vacation is given to drivers that have been with the company for ten years or more.
Additional benefits may include:
- $500 sign on bonus
- Higher per mile pay for short loads
- 99% no-touch freight
- Quarterly bonuses
- Referral bonus
- Paid weekly
- Detention pay
- Breakdown pay after 24 hours starting at $15/hour, up to $90 per day
- Passenger program
- Pet program
- Paid lodging, meals and transportation for orientation
- $500 gift when completely orientation
- EZ Pass / BestPass in trucks
Drivers must be 21 years of age or older, and they must have 12 months of OTR experience in the last three years to drive for the company. All drivers must have a Class A CDL license, and the driver must be in it for the long-term.
The company requires that drivers not have more than 3 jobs in the last 12-month period and 7 jobs in the last 3 years.
Drivers must also not have any DWI or DUI charges in the past seven years.
Hirschbach Jobs & Career Outlook for Drivers
When working for Hirschbach, drivers will have the option to drive as:
- Solo drivers
- Team drivers
- Owner operators
Route options include:
Home time options vary depending on route, but all routes except East of the Rockies have a minimum of weekly home time. Sometimes, drivers will have home time multiple times a week. East of the Rockies drivers will be out for 21 days and then have 1 – 3 days off.
Hirschbach trucking services focus on hauling refrigerated goods, so there will always be a high demand for the company’s service.
The heavy and tractor-trailer industry is expected to grow 6% from 2016 to 2026, and there is a shortage of truckers in the industry. Hirschbach rewards loyal drivers with higher pay and better vacation packages.