Study details driver compensation trends

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Patriot Transportation

The American Trucking Associations on Friday, July 8, released the ATA Driver Compensation Study with the first look at the state of the trucking labor market since the end of the recession. With data from 2010 and 2011, the new driver compensation study updates the previous report from 2007 and 2008.

“The trucking industry continues to face a number of challenges,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “Retaining top-quality drivers as the economy recovers as our industry is called upon to haul more freight is of paramount importance. This study provides fleets critical regional and national data they need in today’s market.”

The 96-page report synthesizes information from 155 motor carriers of all types and sizes and includes a variety of data, including:

• 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.

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.