ATA issues new Driver Compensation Study

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The American Trucking Associations today, Feb. 3 released the ATA Driver Compensation Study with data from 2007 and 2008 operations. It is ATA’s first report on driver compensation since 2003.

“The trucking industry faces many challenges in 2009,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Appropriately compensating and retaining top-notch drivers is a necessity for companies trying to weather the current economic storm. This study provides very important national and regional data the industry desperately needs today and during the subsequent economic recovery.”

Graves points to a number of important areas in the 97-page study, including data on:

  • Employee driver salaries on national and regional levels;
  • Employee driver salaries by carrier type (flatbed, refrigerated, tank truck and more);
  • Employee driver benefits, including bonuses, insurance, retirement and vacation;
  • Employee driver recruitment, training and retention practices;
  • Owner-operator employment and compensation structure; and
  • Technician employment, salaries and benefits.
  • ATA says that 159 motor carriers from across the country participated in the ATA Driver Compensation Study. These organizations included publicly-held or privately-owned companies, such as nationwide less-than-truckload, regional LTL, nationwide truckload, regional TL, dedicated carriers, logistic providers and others.

    The ATA Driver Compensation Study can be purchased at or by calling 866-821-3468. The study is part of the ATA Business Solutions line of products, events and services.