U.S. Xpress has increased the base mileage pay for Over the Road (OTR) solo, non-dedicated truck drivers by an average of 13 percent, effective Aug. 25.

U.S. Xpress implemented this pay raise and other compensation changes to ensure the company continues to recruit and retain the industry’s elite, most qualified drivers.

“The trucking industry has and will always remain the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.  More important, our industry needs to celebrate professional, career drivers and better reward them for the hard work they do day in and day out to safely deliver freight on time and without incident,” said Max Fuller, chief executive officer for U.S. Xpress.  “Drivers are the ones who ensure that our store shelves are not empty, manufacturing does not grind to a halt and our economy does not stall.

“At U.S. Xpress, we understand the importance of what these drivers do every day and the value they provide to our company and for our customers.  By increasing the base mileage pay by an average of 13 percent for our non-dedicated, OTR solo truck drivers, U.S. Xpress is taking a monumental step to becoming the carrier of choice for safe, career-minded professional truck drivers.”

In addition to increasing the base mileage pay, U.S. Xpress will also eliminate the sliding pay scale for all OTR solo drivers based on feedback from its current driver population.  For many, the sliding pay scale made it difficult for drivers to calculate their base pay from week to week.  Starting on Aug. 25, U.S. Xpress will implement a simpler pay structure where all OTR solo drivers will earn the same base mileage pay regardless of the length of haul that they are running for the company.