Founded in 1932, Ruan Transportation started out hauling gravel around Iowa. Today, nearly nine decades later, the company is run by the third generation of the Ruan family. The company continues to focus on research and innovations.
Ruan provides Managed Transportation, Dedicated Contract Transportation and Value-added Warehousing. The company employs more than 6,000 team members across 300 operations.
Ruan Trucking Careers
Ruan Transportation Management Systems offers driving positions across the country in their Dedicated Contract Transportation unit.
Minimum company driver requirements include:
- Must be at least 22 years of age
- Must have a valid CDL
- Have at least one year of verifiable tractor-trailer experience in the last 36 months
- No more than 3 moving violations in the last 3 years
- No more than 1 DOT recordable preventable accident within the last 3 years
Ruan’s guiding principles are:
- Safety focused
- People first
- Customer satisfaction
- Exceptional performance
Ruan has seven driving positions to choose from:
Dedicated Truck Driving Positions
The vast majority of Ruan driving positions (94%) are dedicated positions. Drivers in this position enjoy:
- Consistent schedules
- More home time
- A dedicated customer
- Familiar routes
Join a team to get more miles and earn more money. Ruan prefers drivers to choose partners they are familiar with and feel comfortable driving with.
Dry Van Drivers
Transport goods, including non-perishables, in a single trailer. Dry van positions typically have no-touch freight and will require a Class A CDL license.
Food Grade Tanker Trucks
Drive food grade tanker trucks designed to haul liquid food. The most common food item hauled is milk, but other items may be transported in hollow metal tubes. Drivers in this department must have a tanker endorsement and a Class A CDL.
Drivers in this department are home daily. They run five days a week and have two consecutive days off each week. Freight is hauled within a day’s drive of home.
Drivers transport hazardous materials with a focus on safety. Drivers must obtain a hazmat endorsement as well as a Class A CDL.
Drivers in this department haul freight three to five days a week before getting some home time.
Professional Drivers are at the Foundation of Ruan’s Operation
At Ruan, drivers receive ongoing safety training and receive full benefits after 60 days of employment. Drivers are also recognized through awards programs, and 60% of drivers are home every night. Virtually all drivers are home multiple times or nearly every day of the week.
The work/life balance Ruan provides makes for satisfied drivers, which is why Ruan has a retention rate that’s four times the industry average.
The driver awards programs include:
- Driver of the Year
- Million Mile Awards
- Megasafe Awards and Recognition Program
- Ruan Recognition Program
Safety is at the heart of Ruan. The company was the first to implement a formal safety program in the 1940s. Since then, the company’s focus on safety has only increased. Ruan’s Megasafe program includes the Megasafe5 Rules of Working Safely and Megasafe7 Rules of Safe Driving.
Ruan Driver Pay
Pay and job duties depend on the position, although most drivers will earn $0.45 CPM.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for drivers is $65,183/year, but other listed salaries include:
- Driver: $87,640 (171 reported salaries)
- Regional driver: $66,678 (659 reported salaries)
- Company driver: $71,157 (18 reported salaries)
- Local driver: $61,718 (64 reported salaries)
We can also look at some of Ruan’s job listings to get an idea of how much drivers earn and what’s expected of them.
Refrigerated (Dedicated Grocery) in Gastonia, NC
- $0.45 CPM
- Guaranteed pay of $1,050 per week
- Home daily with consistent schedules
- Gradual pay increases
Hazmat Regional (Hauling Batteries) in Kernersville, NC
- Home weekly
- Consistent schedule
- $0.45 CPM, $22.5 for pickup/delivery as well as pre/post, layover and fueling
- Average $71,000 annually, or $1,365 weekly
- Hazmat endorsement required within 60 days
Team CDL (Dedicated Grocery) in Gastonia, NC
- $5,000 sign-on bonus
- Earn up to $91,000 per year
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays off
- No-touch freight
Dry Van in Statesville, NC
- OTR position
- Dedicated lanes with multiple stops per load
- Drivers average 2,400 to 3,000 miles w/6 stops per week
- Home weekly
- No-touch freight
- Holidays off
- Average $70,000-$75,000/year; $1,350-$1,450/week
- $0.45 CPM and $20/stop
Ruan drivers enjoy a number of benefits, including:
- Medical: 4 plan options from Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Worldwide
- Dental (2 plans to choose from) and vision (annual exam, allowance for glasses or contacts)
- Paid time off: Vacation, paid holidays and additional programs
- Pre-tax savings plan: Health care flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) and dependent care flexible spending account (FSA)
- Short-term disability and long-term disability
- Life insurance: Company paid benefit and optional coverage
- 401(k) retirement plan: Available after 60 days of service; company matches 50% of your deferral after 12 months of employment
- Employee assistance program
- Wellness and tuition reimbursements
- Travel assistance
- Will preparation service
- Referral bonuses
- Employee discounts
- Sign-on bonuses
Ruan drivers are primarily happy with their positions, management and the company itself. Some drivers complain about management, but that’s common with any transportation company. Most are happy with the work/life balance, and many drivers have been there for several years (9 years or more).
Ruan does have a high driver retention rate, and that alone says a lot about the company, its policies and its operations. Drivers also praise the company’s focus on safety and the consistent work that’s available to company drivers year-round.