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5 Best Trucking Companies For New Drivers

Written by Amanda Nunez

Are you a new truck driver? Are you worried that your lack of CDL training or experience will make it impossible for you to get started? 

Don’t be! If you are looking for an entry level position, many trucking companies offer sponsored training programs, ranging company-subsidized training or training hosted by the company itself. Additionally, there are companies that provide good starting pay as well as employee benefits. 

Below, we have compiled a list of the five top trucking companies for new drivers. 

U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Headquarters: Chattanooga, TN

Founded in 1986, U.S. Xpress, Inc. is one of the biggest and most reputable asset-based truckload carriers in the United States. Supportive of their company drivers, their truck driver training program is perfect for new drivers who need additional training. 

Many drivers have received direct funding for their CDL trucking school tuition or living expenses through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeships program, with a position available after new drivers complete their training. 

Health Insurance: Medical, dental, and vision coverage

Benefits Package: Company match 401(k), Optional full-ride college tuition program, Veterans program

Explore U.S. Xpress, Inc.’s open positions


Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, IA

A major privately-held transportation company, the industry giant was founded in 1955. In addition to a funded CDL training program with job placement, CRST also offers tuition reimbursement up to $8,000, which is one of the highest tuition reimbursement programs for new Class-A CDL holders. 

All new drivers are matched with one-on-one mentorship from an experienced driver, providing you with essential over-the-road (OTR) training.

Health Insurance: Medical & dental coverage, Free life insurance

Benefits Package: Company match 401(k), Paid vacations, Weekly Hometime options, Veteran sign-on packages

Explore CRST’s open positions.


Headquarters: Green Bay, WI

One of the oldest and most established companies on this list, Schneider was founded in 1935. Dedicated to training and supporting new drivers, they will help fund your training: whether that is with their company-paid CDL training programs or tuition reimbursement for a truck driving school near you. 

With their paid orientation and a Guarantee Pay program, working with Schneider means you will earn reliable income and experience to further your career. 

Health Insurance: Medical, dental and vision coverage, Optional life insurance

Benefits Package: Company match 401(k), Military service benefits, Paid day-offs

Explore Schneider’s open positions.

Roehl Transport

Headquarters: Green Bay, WI

Established in 1962, Roehl Transport offers a robust training program that maps out your career path, from completing your CDL training to choosing the fleet you want to work for. 

Not only do they offer a paid CDL certification, they also offer a Safety and Job Skills Program (SJSTP) to all new drivers to help them be successful and safe. 

Health Insurance: Medical, dental and vision coverage, Optional life insurance

Benefits Package: 401(k), Profit-sharing plan, Paid vacations and holidays

Explore Roehl Transport’s open positions.

Prime Inc.

Headquarters: Springfield, MI

A premier transport company that opened in 1970, Prime Inc. invests in new drivers through their paid driver training program to acquire your CDL. They offer a $250 bonus if you pass the CDL on your first try, and their comprehensive program makes it easy for new drivers to do so.

Prime Inc. offers free transportation to their training locations in Missouri, Pennsylvania or Utah. During your training, new drivers receive not only hands-on training, but also computer-based and simulator type of training. Most importantly, they provide one-on-one instruction to help you get the practice you need to ace the CDL.

Health Insurance: Medical, dental and life insurance

Benefits Package: 401(k) Success Sharing plan, Up to $2,800 in paid vacation each year

Explore Prime Inc.’s open positions.

Choosing the right company to start your truck driving career is an important decision that will allow you to feel respected, gain experience, and advance in your career. 

All of the companies on this list are well known and have solid reputations, but don’t forget—you should still do your research when choosing your first trucking company to work for. 

Company-sponsored training can be fast, easy, and free you from upfront costs, but be certain that the specific terms in the agreement are acceptable before signing on. Make sure you choose a good company that offers thorough training and reasonable work hours at an acceptable wage.

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Amanda Nunez