Smith Transport was founded by Mr. Barry F. Smith who started his own career at the age of sixteen. He started contracting with local dairies in the region and began hauling milk and cream to customers.
He started his career as an independent contractor at the age of eighteen. The business has evolved since then and grown more than Mr. Smith could have ever imagined.
Who Owns Smith Transport?
The company is now employee owned.
Employees have a vested interest in the company because they’re all part owners.
Drivers can share in the success of the company through the company’s ESOP plan. This is an Employee Stock Ownership Plan where you’ll own stock in the company and receive a return on your investment working for the company.
If you’re tired of working for a company that you’ve helped grow and never received anything in return but a paycheck, employee-owned is the best option for you.
How Much Does Smith Transport Pay Per Year?
Pay per mile is one thing, but what about the actual earnings of full time drivers?
We compiled data from 3 different career sources. Including, Indeed.com which has information from over 4,570 employees from the company, and the average salary for Smith Transport jobs is: $66,265 per year.
But the scale goes from $33,000 to $101,000, so there is a wide salary range available.
Of course, your salary will be reflective of your experience and position within the company. Every position is different, and you can see a better breakdown of the figures in our pay per mile section outlined below.
How Much Does Smith Transport Pay Per Mile?
Smith Transport has a lot of great information on each position and how much you can expect to earn per mile. The following Smith Transport jobs and their pay are listed below:
- Van Division OTR: $0.45 CPM for weekly home drivers; $0.48 CPM for home every other week. You’ll be paid for orientation travel, meals are covered, and the hotel is also covered.
- Van Division OTR NE: NE drivers will earn $0.60 COM flat base rate plus accessorial pay. You’ll be home on weekends, and you’ll receive $500 for orientation pay. You’ll also be provided with meals, lodging and orientation travel.
- Bedford Shorthaul: Pay is $0.60 CPM. You’ll be home on weekends and 1 – 2 times per week. You need to live within 40 miles of Bedford, PA.
When working for the company, you’ll also be able to enjoy a slew of additional perks and benefits.
Smith Transport does treat their employees very well, and you can see this online with all of their reviews.
A few of the many benefits that you’ll find are:
- Home time every week or every other week
- Medical benefit package: dental, medical, prescription, vision
- Life insurance
- Short-term disability
- 401(k) plan
- Paid orientation
- Annual average vacation pay
- Detention pay after 1 hour
When you look at the available jobs, you’ll find that there are other positions that pay even more. There are Dedicated Class A CDL positions that come with a $1,000 orientation pay and a $0.65 to $0.70 CPM.
Class A and Class B Tanker drivers will receive $22 to $25 per hour, with time and a half paid if you go over 40 hours per week.
Dedicated positions are offered in Bedford where you’ll be responsible for driving for Walmart. This position is great because you’ll be paid $0.65 CPM with stop pay, detention pay and drop trailer pay, too. You need to live within 40 miles of Bedford to apply for this position.
Equipment is state-of-the-art, and you’ll be behind the wheel of two major brands: Peterbilt and Freightliner.
I’m a firm believer that you should always see what other truckers have to say about the company. Every trucking outfit has their good and bad perks, but most of the reviews have been rather favorable.
A few of the reviews that I think best describe how it is to work at Smith Transport are:
- The equipment is new, and you’ll find that Smith pays special attention to safety.
- A great place to learn about the logistics of trucking.
- Runs are 200 to 300 miles and trucks are inspected daily to ensure driver safety.
- Miles can be a little short sometimes, but there’s never a problem getting home or even getting home for an emergency.
- Loved working for them. They understood family time and treated you like family. Loved being home every weekend.
If you dig deeper, you will find complaints, which is expected with every trucking company.
One complaint that I want to point out is that one driver claims that most loads are 500 miles or less, and there are days when you’re driving for 14 hours and are only driving 400 miles. If you do the math on this, the driver was paid $176 per day, $880 per week or about $45,760 for a year worth of low driving miles.
That’s not bad for someone that’s going to be home every weekend or every other weekend. That driver was also making $0.44 CPM, so the pay has gone up since that review.
For a family driver, Smith Transport puts food on the table and offers home time that other trucking companies do not. For many out there, that is worth more than the pay alone.