OTR Trucking Jobs | CDLjobs.comOTR means “over the road,” and it is the perfect type of truck driving job for someone who enjoys being alone on the open road while seeing the country. OTR truck driving jobs are plentiful, as it is OTR truckers who form the backbone of the shipping industry. Rather than transporting goods locally or within a defined region, your travels might take you across the United States and Canada.

What to Expect

You will be asked to deliver freight to specific destinations within North America, typically on a time sensitive deadline. Accordingly, you can expect to spend weeks at a time on the road. OTR trucker drivers often drive for three weeks and then spend a week at home, though the specifics vary by company.

Pay scales also vary. Some drivers are paid a flat rate for each trip. Some are paid by the hour or by the mile. Some are reimbursed for expenses such as lodging and food. In addition, you may choose to be a company employee or an owner-operator, with each title having its own pros and cons.

Qualifications and Training

College is not typically required for OTR truck drivers. Instead, you need a “Class A” CDL (Commercial Driver’s License). Some drivers go through an independent truck driving school and then find a job after graduation, while others are hired by a trucking company who then pays for training. Either way, you will not be permitted to drive OTR until you are fully trained and licensed. Each company also sets its own minimum age and other requirements for its drivers.

Top 8 OTR Trucking Companies

Which OTR trucking company you choose is a personal decision, but here are some contenders for the Top 8 OTR trucking companies in the country today:

Covenant Transport: An excellent company for any OTR driver, Covenant Transport is a particularly nice choice for those interested in team driving. The company offers a team matching program for solo drivers looking to team up, along with substantial teaming bonuses. You can drive your choice of an automatic or manual transmission truck. Haz Mat drivers get extra pay and Covenant offers generous bonuses. With full benefits and guaranteed home time, you can’t go wrong with this company.

Barr-Nunn Transportation: As one of the nation's premier dry van carriers, Barr-Nunn Transportation operates around 550 power units, focusing on safety and top-notch customer service. Barr-Nunn is large enough to provide superior compensation packages, and small enough to provide the dedicated service and respect that professional drivers deserve.

Mesilla Valley Transportation: Serving 48 states, Mesilla Valley Transportation seeks both solo OTR drivers and OTR teams. Besides competitive pay and full benefits, the company provides quite a few bonuses, giveaways, and incentives. With flexible home time and very well-maintained trucks, Mesilla Valley is definitely a company to consider.

Paschall Truck Lines: Paschall Truck Lines is 100% employee owned. It started as a family business in 1937, and the employee ownership continues that family feel. If you are looking for a company that holds everyone accountable, fosters open communication, and will allow you to retire with something to show for it, Paschall Truck Lines may be right for you.

Roehl Transport: Roehl Transport features late-model equipment and excellent benefits including profit sharing, a 401K, and passenger options for family members and pets. In addition, the company offers a novel pay plan with practical miles and pay increases every quarter. Based in Middle Tennessee, this small company features 127 tractor trailers and a variety of route types from which to choose. OTR drivers are typically out for 11 to 14 days and then home for three, although the company’s flexible schedules let you choose the home time that best fits your needs.

SOAR Transportation Group: SOAR Transportation Group offers 100% No Touch freight and highly competitive pay, including such extras as layover pay and breakdown pay. You will be home every 14 to 21 days depending on route. The company provides state of the art, comfortable equipment, full benefits, and a variety of bonuses.

Swift Transportation: Swift Transportation has one of the largest fleets in the industry, with more than 16,000 company drivers. The company is committed to driver development from hiring through retirement, and even has its own trucking schools for those looking to enter the business. With excellent pay and benefits, dedicated routes, and a variety of equipment, Swift Transportation is a wonderful choice for both new and experienced OTR drivers.

USA Truck: USA Truck remains a top destination for new drivers, but the company is actively working to recruit experienced drivers as well. Providing transportation and logistics services to the continental United States, Mexico, and Canada for more than 30 years, USA Truck continues to put its employees first. Look for competitive pay, bonuses, extensive benefits, and a dedication to your work-life balance.

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