This post was last updated on July 19th, 2019
Old Dominion, or OD for short, is a trucking company based in Thomasville, North Carolina.
With 226 service centers across the country, 18,000 employees and 32 transfer points, the company is a leader in the industry and offers coverage across the nation.
For drivers, OD offers a stable work environment and competitive pay.
Old Dominion Jobs for Drivers
OD offers three primary positions for drivers:
- Pickup and Delivery
- Line Haul Driver
- Line Haul Driver Team
Each position comes with its own set of requirements and pay levels. The company also works with owner operators, but openings are scarce.
Pickup and Delivery Requirements and Pay
Old Dominion Freight Line hires pickup and delivery drivers to haul loads between company terminals in a specific geographical location.
Pickup and delivery drivers are expected to:
And they are also expected to be available at all times to meet the customer’s needs.
Pickup and delivery drivers must:
- Have a Class A CDL
- Have tanker, hazardous materials and twin trailer endorsements
- Be able to speak, read and write in English
- Be able to perform basic math
- Have 12 months of experience driving a tractor-trailer, or
- Be a graduate of a school approved by the state, or
- Successfully complete the Old Dominion Truck Driver Training school
- Be at least 22 years of age
This information is based on salary data submitted by company employees.
According to Indeed, pickup and delivery drivers earn:
- $56,630-$58,319 per year.
Glass Door says this position pays:
- $24.11 an hour, or $58,473 per year
The pay rates are consistent across both sites, which is a good sign that the information is accurate.
The pay for pickup and delivery drivers is competitive, but there is the disadvantage that you must be available at all times to meet the needs of customers.
OD also offers:
- Health insurance
- Paid vacation
- 401(k) plan
Old Dominion Linehaul Driver Requirements and Pay
Linehaul drivers can run solo or with a team. Much like with pickup and delivery drivers, linehaul drivers are expected to:
All drivers must meet the following requirements:
- Must have a Class A CDL.
- Must have 1-year experience driving a tractor trailer.
- Must be able to read, write and communicate in English.
- Must be able to operate a mini, handheld computer when needed.
- Must meet or exceed DOT medical standards.
- Must pass a drug test.
- Must be at least 22 years of age.
- Must be available for work at all times to meet the needs of customers.
- Must be able to work in extremely cold or hot climates.
- Must be able to walk on difficult surfaces, like wood, concrete, metal or slippery surfaces.
As you can see, the requirements for linehaul drivers are a bit more complex. But the pay is great, according to Glass Door.
We couldn’t find any salary information for linehaul drivers specifically on Indeed, but Glass Door says these drivers earn:
- $80,275 per year on average
It doesn’t specify whether this figure is for a solo or team driver, but it’s most likely a team driver.
Old Dominion Freight Line Salaries vs the Competition
How does OD’s salaries compare to the competition?
According to Indeed, the average salary for a truck driver in the United States is:
- $62,497 per year
Going off of this information, OD pays about 8.5% more than the national average to their pickup and delivery drivers.
Linehaul drivers make significantly more than average.
Some of the top OTR companies oferr the following salaries:
Compared to these companies, OD offers a lower pay range but still falls in the Top 10 of most national carriers. With that said, they are still competitive with many other carriers in terms of compensation, and many of the carriers on the list above have stringent requirements that drivers must meet.
Pay is only part of the equation – you also need to consider the work environment. Many would agree that a high salary can’t make for a miserable experience day in and day out at work.
Many employees (current and former) rate their experience with OD as positive. Employees say:
- Pay and benefits are great
- Management appreciates employees
- The company hosts cookouts and offers awards
- There’s a family atmosphere
- The work environment is fast-paced
Some employees did complain that the company can be demanding at times, and there are instances where work conditions can be downright dangerous. However, OD does state that drivers must be okay with working in these conditions as a prerequisite to being hired.
Some also complained that the mechanics were rude, but that is no fault of the company’s.
Everyone raves about the benefits and the pay, which are two great reasons to work for a company. And the family environment can make the work environment more upbeat.
Old Dominion offers competitive pay, great benefits and a steady stream of work for drivers. Perhaps the only real downside is that you will be required to be available at all times for work, which may be difficult for drivers with families. Employees have few complaints about the company, which is a rarity in this industry.
If you have your CDL A and some experience under your belt, OD is a great place to work.