Keller’s Continued Focus on Competitive Compensation for Professional Truck Drivers
In the press: Thomas E. Keller Trucking Inc., an affiliate of Keller Logistics Group located in Defiance, OH recently announced their 3rd driver pay increase in 10 months. These increases have focused on improving the total compensation and benefits package for their professional truck drivers. “Our greatest asset is our people; we strive to provide our drivers with a great career at a place they can call home. The country tends to underappreciate its truck drivers despite them truly moving America forward. We both appreciate and compensate our drivers well for the work they do,” said Keller Trucking President, Jon Wolfrum.
In addition to the standard mileage pay, Keller Trucking has added many ancillary pay items that directly compensate the driver for all activity. Not just the time spent driving like the industry has grown accustomed to. For example, the average driver at Keller Trucking makes between $.58 and $.75 per mile, all in, with all items considered. Driving anywhere from 1,500 – 3,500 miles per week. So, drivers can expect to make anywhere between $1,000-$1,800 per week depending on experience level and driving position. Keller focuses on offering flexible schedules and a variety of different driving positions to fit just about anyone’s needs. Ranging from being home daily, to being away from home all week and getting home for the weekend. Furthermore, Keller welcomes part-time drivers who may be looking for extra work or to scale back their driving careers.
Keller Trucking also has a very successful training program for new entrants in the field. This training is free to the driver with a 6-month commitment and only takes 7-8 weeks from start to finish. Keller pays trainees for all but the 10 days of classroom time. They’ve successfully trained over 200 new entrant professional truck drivers in the past 3 years; many of whom exceeded $50,000 in their very first year of driving.
As a result of providing innovative pay structures, a healthy work-life balance through flexible scheduling, lucrative entry level opportunities and much more, Keller Trucking has been named, “Best Fleets to Drive For,” four years in a row. Voted on by the drivers, this award is given to companies that provide exemplary work environments for their professional truck drivers and independent contractors. Only 20 companies in all of North America receive this recognition on an annual basis, and even fewer have been recognized in multiple, consecutive years.