Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking is raising pay for drivers on national and regional over the road fleets beginning May 1, 2021. Starting pay for OTR drivers will now range from $0.59 to $0.65 per mile depending on experience. The top fifty percent of our OTR drivers will now earn an average $96,034 per year. The pay increases apply to all solo, team and owner operator drivers on national and regional over the road fleets that pay by the mile. Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking pay is based on practical miles, which pays an average of 3-5% more than pay based on short route miles.

Crete Carrier Corporation President and COO Tim Aschoff says this pay increase is driven by an expected economic recovery as the nation begins to emerge from the COVID-driven downturn.

“We are at the cusp of a rising tide here. It’s going to be an even stronger summer than last year.”

Aschoff says the strong base of long-term customers helps Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking adapt to changing conditions. By working closely with customers to determine their needs the companies can adjust rates and pass along increases to drivers.

“And we’re happy to do that,” Aschoff said. “We know that we need to lead the industry and pay drivers what they deserve.”

Crete Carrier Corporation is a family owned, debt free business. In addition to leading per mile pay, drivers can participate in an affordable full benefit package. And in 2020 Crete Carrier and Shaffer Trucking contributed $12 million in profit sharing to employees’ retirement accounts.