truck driver PAY


While our top industry base pay is competitive and rewarding, we also pay drivers $100 for tarping! That’s equivalent to an extra 6 cpm or $10,000/year.


At Melton, your starting pay is based on your verifiable over the road (OTR) experience.

Once you become a part of the Melton Truck Lines team, you will receive raises based on your accumulated months of OTR experience until you drive 120,000 miles with Melton. At that point, you will continue to receive raises based on the Melton miles you drive.

Our average, our flatbed drivers make $65,000 – $75,000 based on experience and our top drivers make over $100,000! Our driver base pay per mile scale is below:

Qualified Driving Experience Pay Per Mile
0-5 Months 52 CPM
6-11 Months 53 CPM
1-3 Years 58 CPM
3+ Years 60 CPM
120,000 Melton Miles 60 CPM
360,000 Melton Miles 62 CPM
600,000 Melton Miles 63 CPM
900,0000 Melton Miles 64 CPM
1,200,000 Melton Miles 65 CPM

“Melton gives me the confidence I need to keep going. The pay increases have helped my family and helped me realize they have confidence in me, and I want to stay her for a long time.”

Andrew, Melton Driver

Link to a video of Melton's COO interviewing a Melton driver.

Melton Truck Lines COO Interviews Driver


Melton offers many ways for our flatbed drivers to get additional pay. These additional pay opportunities place Melton’s pay and benefits package in the top 10% among North American for-hire trucking companies.

Bonus Pay Opportunities Pay
Tuition Reimbursement (Recent Graduates) Up to $10,000
Driver Referral Bonuses $750-$1,000
Fuel Bonuses Up to $6,000/year


Recent CDL school graduates with 4 or less months of OTR can qualify for Melton’s tuition reimbursement program. Our plan will pay $150 every month up to $10,000! The first payout will follow your 30-day Melton anniversary.

If the driver paid less than $10,000 pursuing their CDL the payout will stop at the amount they paid.

driver referral bonus

If you refer a driver and they are hired with Melton, you will receive the payouts below if you are still an active driver.

Driver Type Total 30 Days After Hire  6 Months After Hire
Experienced Drivers $1,000.00 $500.00 $500.00
Recent Grads/No Experience $750.00 $375.00 $375.00
Rehires $500.00 $250.00 $250.00


Extra Pay Opportunities Pay
Tarp Pay $100/load
Over Dimensional Loads 16 CPM
Hazmat Loads 6 CPM
Canada Loads 6 CPM
Extra Pick Up/Drop/Repower $25.00
Clean DOT Inspections $25.00
NYC Borough Pay $75.00
Holiday Pay (6 Holidays) $30.00
Layover Pay $50/$75
Breakdown Pay Varies
Vacation Pay 1-3 Week’s Pay

Per diem program

Per diem pay is a way for a portion of driver pay to be tax-free. Melton is offering this per diem plan as a way for drivers who choose to participate in the plan to offset expenses due to working many nights away from home.