Trucking companies increase pay for truck driver jobs

Various trucking companies in Iowa and across the nation are recognizing the important role drivers play in our economy by raising pay for truck driver jobs.

For example, Barr-Nunn President Rene Beacom recently announced an increase in pay for Hazmat drivers.

“I’m excited about the growth of our company. We want to recognize our Hazmat drivers for a job well done, service, performance and outstanding safety with extra incentives such as additional pay and bonuses.”

The Granger-based company is a large dry van freight company with over 500 tractors and 1,500 trailers. The company serves the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the nation.

Truck drivers are in high demand in Iowa.

Andrea J. of the Iowa Workforce Development agency said, “I have heard that there are fewer opportunities for driver training in our state. If there are fewer trained drivers, then there will be fewer drivers to take driving positions. I think trucking companies in Iowa are struggling to find good drivers for that reason.”

Another company, J.B. Hunt Transport, recently announced the addition of 20 high-paying local truck driving jobs in Iowa. Local dedicated jobs through J.B. Hunt include retirement options, comprehensive benefits, vacation pay, daily home time and steady paychecks. In addition, experienced truck drivers who hire on for these positions can expect higher than average compensation as well as a sign-on bonus.

“We need well experienced drivers to fill these positions in Iowa right away,” notes Jennifer K., human resources coordinator at J.B. Hunt. “We rely on superior drivers to meet the requirements of our Buckeye account. We are willing to pay top dollar for professional, well-qualified drivers.”

Based on a calculation of the take-home pay for 1,827 currently open trucking positions, Iowa drivers are paid $10,000 more per year than the national average.

Average salaries can vary depending upon industry, location, company, driver experience and optional benefits.

“I like to drive in Iowa,” said professional truck driver Bobby T. of Des Moines during a lay-over at a Petro truck stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I’ve driven through lots of states, but Iowa has a nice landscape. The highways are well maintained. Plus, when I have a route in Iowa, I can go home more often.”