This post was last updated on November 12th, 2018
TransAm Trucking first opened their doors as a premier carrier in 1987.
The company dealt with temperature-controlled freight at this time, and was founded with a fleet of 100 trailers and 70 tractors.
The company has since grown from its small roots to operate a 2,400 trailer fleet with 1,400 tractors.
TransAm Trucking operates its entire fleet out of their headquarters in Olathe, KS.
A maintenance and driver’s center is run out of Rockwall, TX. The company maintains its presence as the leader in the temperature-controlled freight industry.
TransAm Trucking Jobs and Careers
You can join the company as a service and maintenance technician and office jobs are offered, but most people will be looking for trucking jobs with the company.
There are two main positions with the company:
- Company drivers
- Independent contractors
And the requirements to start working with the company as a driver are:
- Valid CDL-A
- Minimum 21-years-old
- No DUI convictions in last 2 years
- No more than 2 preventable accidents in last 36 months
- DOT physical & drug screen required
- No reckless driving violations in the last 5 years
- Required to take the tractor and trailer home during home time and must have secure place to park the equipment at home location
If you meet all of these requirements, you’re free to apply for a position with the company and start your trucking career.
TransAm Company Driver Salaries and Information
Working as a company driver is your only option when you don’t own your own rig. This position starts at 32 cents per mile, and this includes your per diem, too.
Perks for working as a company driver include:
- 32 cents per mile loaded and empty (includes per diem)
- $2,500 Sign-On Bonus
- $100/month retention bonus after one year of continuous service
- $50 Layover Pay
- $20 Per Pickup/stop (after 1st Stop)
- 100% Lumper Reimbursement
- No Hazmat
- Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance Options
- Bonus Opportunities
- 401(k) Retirement Plan
- Paid Time Off
And all of your medical and dental expenses are taken out prior to taxes. This is done to provide drivers for TransAm with a lower overall income come tax season. In effect, you’ll pay less money in taxes due to the way that the medical and dental insurance premiums are taken out of your pay.
When you look at the company’s 2018 updated salary figures on Indeed.com, they have the following salary information listed based on data from 444 drivers:
- OTR Driver yearly salary: $49,288
- OTR Driver pay hourly: $23.67
No information about raises is mentioned about the company but several owner operator drivers report earning total compensation of $75k per year with TransAm.
Independent Contractor Salaries and Information
Independent contractors will be able to run with the company, and the pay is 1.04 cents per mile* (loaded and empty), so you’re always making money when out on the road. It’s important to know that you’re going to be compensated for:
- Reefer fuel
- Plate and permits
- 100% lumper reimbursement
You’ll sign a contract that you understand, and the Free Transflo remote paperwork processing makes driving for the company a breeze.
You’ll also benefit from:
- $2,500 sign-on bonus
- $125/month retention bonus after one year of continuous service
- Liberal passenger plan
- No hazmat requirements
- Tax advantages
- Bonus program
- Discount fuel network
Perks for Working with TransAm Trucking
If you’re a driver with TransAm, there are a few perks that will allow you to enjoy your time on the road just a little more. They offer Kenworth T680 trucks equipped with PACCAR MX engines to keep noise down and improve fuel efficiency.
The three main perks are:
- $2,500 Sign-On Bonus For New Drivers
- Equipment: All of the company’s equipment is the latest and greatest, with Kenworth T680 trucks including dual bunks, refrigerators, auxiliary power units, satellite radio and more.
- Satellite Radio: All of the trucks in the company’s fleet are equipped with satellite radio units. *Satellite subscriptions are up to the driver and not paid for by TransAm.
And these are just some of the perks when working for the company, but we also need to look at reviews so that you know what you’re getting yourself into as a driver.
TransAm Trucking Reviews
Glassdoor.com has TransAm rated as 3.2 as of November 7th, 2018.
There are a lot of complaints against this company, and one of them is that the company does not have concern for home time or your family. Leasing with the company is said to be very taxing, where many drivers are asked to drive on their day off, too.
And if you don’t drive on your day off, you hear an earful from management.
A lot of drivers state that the company does trim down your miles, and will pay for only miles they “say” you drove, not what the odometer states.
In fact, there is a class action lawsuit against the company’s Leased Driver program. The company was found to deduct pay and pay drivers unpaid minimum wages.
The lawsuit can be followed here.
2018 Update: Happy to report that the class action lawsuit was dropped per OverdriveOnline.com
We do not weigh in here but just want to provide you with all available driver feedback to consider.
If you’re a new driver, TransAm Trucking may be a good option for you, but most drivers say that there are better options available. The main issue is that there are unrealistic loads and delivery times that drivers say cannot be completed.
Low pay is mentioned frequently but that has improved since our original post in 2013.
Some drivers state it’s impossible to reach their bonus requirements but that is something we hear from most bonus programs in the industry.