R&L Carriers Pay

R&L Carriers has been in the transportation industry since 1965. The company has grown since its early days as a family business, but they claim to treat each employee as a member of the family.

R&L says it strives to provide a fun and challenging work environment. The company offers a wide range of services and has a number of different driving opportunities available. They work with leading companies across a variety of industries in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

R&L certainly has the variety to make good on their promise of offering a “challenging” work environment.

R&L Trucking Services

R&L Trucking Services

Truckload

R&L offers a full range of truckload shipping services through their 22,000 carrier partners. Their FTL services include:

  • Dry van for long-haul and short-haul trips.
  • Expedited services for time-sensitive freight.
  • Intermodal services with door-to-door service in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
  • Flatbed services to handle a wide range of products.
  • Temperature controlled services.

R&L also offers partial truckload shipments, with flatbed and dry van options.

White Glove Service

R&L customers can also purchase white glove service, which includes:

  • Overweight shipments
  • Team freight delivery
  • Display setup
  • Special equipment for delivery
  • Merge-in transit
  • Packaging at pickup
  • Debris removal

Drivers may be responsible for carrying out some of these additional services.

R&L Freight Careers

Image © R&L Carriers

R&L hires Class A, Class B, Class C and system drivers. All positions have similar requirements, but the job duties will vary from one class to the next.

Class A Drivers

Class A drivers are responsible for City P&D, combo and/or Linehaul runs.

  • Linehaul drivers move trailers between service centers and turn-point locations. These drivers are home every day.
  • Combo drivers will run extra city or line-haul routes, and will also load/unload trailers as needed.
  • City P&D drivers work full-time and are responsible for city pick-up and delivery.

Class A drivers must meet certain qualifications to be considered for this position, including:

  • 1 year of verifiable Class A driving experience within the last three years.
  • CDL Class A with “X” and “T” endorsements.
  • Must be able to lift, bend and stoop.
  • At least 23 years of age.
  • Good driving record.

Class B Drivers

Class B drivers are responsible for city pick-up and delivery as well as the loading and unloading of trailers when necessary.

Drivers must meet the following qualifications to be considered for a position:

  • 1-year verifiable Class B driving experience within the last three years.
  • CDL Class A student with Tankers and Hazmat endorsements.
  • Must be able to lift, bend and stoop without difficulty.
  • Good driving record.
  • Previous forklift and warehouse experience preferred.
  • Must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Must be dependable.

Class C Drivers

Class C drivers are also responsible for city pick-up and delivery as well as the loading and unloading of trailers when needed.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Previous experience with pick-up and delivery.
  • Must hold a valid Class C driver’s license.
  • Must be able to lift, bend and stoop without difficulty.
  • Must have a good driving record.
  • Previous forklift and warehouse experience preferred.

System Driver

System drivers are also known as Class A linehaul OTR drivers. They move trailers between service centers and turn-point locations. These drivers are on the road for five days and home for two days each week.

The qualifications for this position include:

  • Must hold a Class A CDL with “X” and “T” endorsements.
  • 1-year verifiable Class A driving experience within the last three years.
  • Must have a good driving record.
  • Must be at least 23 years of age.
  • Must be able to lift, bend and stoop without difficulty.

R&L Carriers Driver Pay

R&L Carriers truck driver pay scale

R&L offers a wide range of driving opportunities, but how much do they pay?

Looking at job listings on the company’s website, you see different pay rates for the same position, depending on the location. Here are a few examples for Class A positions:

  • Farmington, MN: $24.53/hour
  • Baltimore, MD: $24.23/hour
  • Aurora, CO: $27.27/hour
  • China Grove, NC: $21.96/hour

According to Indeed.com, R&L Carriers offers an average salary of $23.88 per hour. The average yearly salary is $56,704.

Indeed says the average salary for all truck drivers in the U.S. is $78,531 per year as of August 27, 2018. This figure is based on the more-than 1 million salaries that have been submitted to the company.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in 2017 for tractor-trailer drivers was $42,480 per year, or $20.42 per hour.

Our internal research research put the actual average in between this 2 numbers at $66,711.

So, R&L’s pay is on par with the median pay for drivers on a national level.

But in addition to base compensation, R&L also offers a wide range of traditional and non-traditional benefits.

Traditional Benefits

The company’s benefits package includes:

  • Life insurance
  • Healthcare: dental, major medical and vision
  • Short-term disability
  • 401K
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Pad sick/personal days

Non-Traditional Benefits

Along with conventional benefits, R&L also offers employee contests with vacation and cast awards packages based on teamwork and performance.

One unique benefit to working for R&L is gaining access to three employee resorts. These resorts are free of charge for employees and are located in:

  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Big Bear Lake, CA

The resorts feature clean rooms with new furniture.

The biggest complaint drivers have is with management. They say drivers aren’t treated with respect. This is a common complaint in the industry, and without backstories, it’s difficult to make a judgement one way or the other.  So your mileage may vary based on your particular managers.

R&L’s pay may not be the highest in the industry, but the company offers a wide range driving jobs and some unique benefits that are hard to find. The company appears to care for their employees and even encourages better work/life balance.  They are growing rapidly and present a good opportunity for new drivers to enter the industry and start their careers.

 

 

 

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