OWNER OPERATOR CAREERS

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CAREER

Crete Carrier began as an all owner operator company in 1966. We admire and respect the entrepreneurial spirit of owners who invest their hard-earned dollars for the challenge and freedom of being their own boss. We’re proud to walk alongside our owner operators by providing stable contracted freight, load select options, and discounts. With our driver support and open, honest leadership we’re confident you’ll see it makes sense to consider Crete Carrier Corporation.

OWNER OPERATORS

Qualifications and Onboarding

Crete Carrier Corporation strives to be the best trucking company in the nation. We strive to bring on experienced drivers with top safety records.

We require:

  • Valid Class A CDL
  • One year of tractor-trailer experience
  • DOT physical and drug test (urinalysis and follicle testing)
  • Company in-truck driving test
  • Acceptable safety record with no preventable accidents in past 5 years
  • No DUI or DWI convictions in past 5 years
  • No positive drug screens or events in past 5 years
  • TWIC card and Alabama coil certificate required for Hunt Transportation
  • Minimum age of 22
  • Owner operator trucks must scale 44,500 pounds

Orientation

  • Locations: Lincoln, NE, Lenoir City, TN, Mechanicsburg, PA, and Wilmer, TX
  • Hunt Transportation orientation in Omaha, NE
  • Owner operators paid $.40 per mile to deadhead to orientation site
  • Lodging and meals paid
  • Classroom training and road test

Pay Packages

Sliding Scale Option – 21 Days Out OTR

All miles are practical route miles.

MILES* CRETE SHAFFER
1 – 150 $1.64 $1.67
151 – 250 $1.44 $1.47
251 – 700 $1.19 $1.22
701 – 1200 $1.13 $1.16
1201+ $1.05 $1.08
Deadhead $0.86 $0.86

*Fuel surcharge is updated weekly based on the average dollar of over-the-road diesel. A fuel surcharge is paid on all loaded miles.


Flat Rate Option

All miles associated with this option are authorized loaded and empty practical route miles.

DRY VAN – CRETE CARRIER
WEEKLY HOME TIME BI-WEEKLY HOME TIME
Trip Length (miles)* Rate Trip Length* Rate
1 – 500 $1.09 1 – 500 $1.13
501 – 1200 $1.06 501 – 1200 $1.09
1201+ $1.04 1201+ $1.05
REFRIGERATED – SHAFFER TRUCKING
WEEKLY HOME TIME BI-WEEKLY HOME TIME
Trip Length (miles)* Rate Trip Length* Rate
1 – 500 $1.10 1 – 500 $1.16
501 – 1200 $1.07 501 – 1200 $1.12
1201+ $1.05 1201+ $1.06

*Fuel surcharge is updated weekly based on the average dollar of over-the-road diesel. A fuel surcharge is paid on all loaded miles.


Flatbed Pay Options

Option #1 – Mileage Rate

Mileage compensation is computed using practical route miles which more closely matches the actual miles you drive rather than short route miles which many other companies use in computing miles.

FLATBED – HUNT TRANSPORTATION
MILES* HUNT
1 – 150 $1.64
151 – 300 $1.41
301 – 700 $1.21
701 – 1,200 $1.17
1201+ $1.06
Deadhead Miles $0.86

Additional Information

  • 1.5% productivity incentive payment each month the truck runs 10,000 miles or more with no reported service failures
  • Over-dimensional loads pay an additional $.10 to $.25/mile determined by the size of the load
  • $50.00 stop pay
  • 100% of tarp pay
  • Quarterly Safety Performance Bonus, subject to terms within the contract
  • 65% of any LTL “add-ons”
  • Peoplenet rental is $10 per week.

Option #2 – Percentage of Gross

  • The plan starts at 67% of the gross revenue of each load, increasing by 1% each of the first three (3) years, then 71% on the 10th year and 72% on the 15th year.
  • 1.5% productivity incentive payment each month the truck runs 10,000 miles or more with no unreported service failures
  • 100% of tarp pay
  • Quarterly Safety Performance Bonus, subject to terms within the contract
  • Percentage rate of any LTL “add-ons” equal to your percentage rate of pay
  • Peoplenet rental is $10 per week

Stop-Off Pay

If your load requires multiple stops, in addition to the original pick up and the final delivery, you will receive stop pay of $30 per stop.

Guaranteed Detention Pay

Owner operators will receive guaranteed detention pay after two hours of wait time.

Benefits

  • Health, dental and vision at company group rates
  • IRA Contribution Plan provides annual incentive payment to driver
  • Discounts offers from retailers and service providers
  • Driver achievement recognition
  • Higher education scholarships for dependents
  • Driver referral bonus of $1,000 for every hire

Policies and Programs

At Crete Carrier Corporation we’re here to support you with a transparent approach to business expenses designed to help our owner operators succeed.

Required Insurance
  • Blanket Physical Damage-Based on value of tractor
  • Bobtail Coverage- $30-$36/month
  • Cargo Coverage – $15/month
  • Worker’s Compensation Coverage – $180/month
Plates and Permits
  • Crete Carrier Corporation pays initial costs
  • Weekly deduction to pay back costs
  • Annual relicensing credit based on performance
Performance Escrow
  • Escrow of $750 deducted at $50/week for 15 weeks
Monthly Fuel Tax
  • Crete handles fuel tax paperwork
  • Tax amount charged to settlement each month
Maintenance Discount
  • Owner operators receive a significant discount on parts and labor at company shops
Mobile Communication
  • Devices installed at no charge
  • Owner operators on a sliding scale pay $40/month
  • No monthly charge for owner operators on a flat rate pay system

Know Your Pay

Know Your Pay

How do you know if makes financial sense to take on the responsibility, and pursue the opportunity of being an owner operator with Crete Carrier or Shaffer Trucking? We’ve created a handy tool to help you calculate what you can expect for weekly take home pay.

Simply click the button below that corresponds with what you prefer to haul. Answer the questions in the Know Your Pay tool, and this will give you an idea of the income you could expect as an owner operator.

Truck Purchase

Making the decision to become an owner operator is difficult. One of the biggest hurdles is finding a reliable truck at an affordable price. At Crete Carrier Corporation, we help our company drivers who are interested in purchasing their own truck become successful small business owners. We make buying your own truck a seamless, worry-free process.

Wholesale Pricing

Affordability is always a top concern for drivers wanting to purchase, which is why we price our trucks at or near wholesale value. This price includes a two-year/250-thousand mile extended engine warranty, plus any remaining factory warranty.

Owner Operator Support

From purchasing your truck to running your business, we support you every step of the way. As an owner operator for Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking, or Hunt Transportation, you will be your own boss without the stress of finding the freight. You will have your own dedicated dispatch and fleet management team ensuring you get the miles you are looking for. Plus, you have access to our industry-leading benefits package and the fuel-surcharge program, which keeps your fuel cost at or below $.75 per gallon.

It’s no wonder our owner operator turnover rate is less than 25%—one of the lowest in the industry. We make the responsibility and reward of running your own business easy.

Available Tractors

  • 2018 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution P3 & International Prostar tractors
  • 455 HP Multi-Torque Detroit DD15 diesel engine (Freightliner) or 450 HP Multi-Torque ISX Cummins (International) engine
  • DT12 Automated transmission (Freightliner) or 10-speed Eaton Fuller automated transmission (International)
  • 72″ raised roof sleeper (Freightliner) or 73″ raised roof sleeper (International)
  • 230″ wheelbase (Freightliner) or 226″ wheelbase (International)
  • Rear air ride suspension
  • Premium radio
  • Sky rise double bunk
  • 1200 watt Purkey inverter
  • Dual fuel tanks – 90 & 80 gallon (Freightliner) or 100 & 70 gallon (International)
  • New steer and new recap 22.5 Lo Pro drive tires
  • Idle reduction technology with sleeper APU (cooling & heating)
  • On-Guard Collision Avoidance technology
  • Communication with electronic logs
  • Approximately 400,000 miles
  • Color options – red or blue

Credit Application

If you are currently driving for Crete Carrier Corporation, Capitol Casualty will use the following criteria when evaluating your loan application:

  • Your average monthly miles
  • Number of safety points
  • Amount of debt
  • Length of time with Crete Carrier Corporation
  • Amount of down payment
  • Credit score

Capitol Casualty offers low-interest rates of 7% to 9%, and with qualifying credit, your down payment could be as low as $3,000.

Please contact a driver recruiter at 800-998-2221 to learn more about the owner-operator program. To start your credit application please click on the document below.