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CRST Pay And Benefits

What is the average cost of benefits?

Insurance plans vary depending on individual needs and chosen plans (many plans are offered at many different cost structures).

What about vacation time?

Paid vacation time becomes available after 1yr and is as follows:

  • 1 week after 1yr: $300 flat wage
  • 2 weeks after 2yrs: Pay is based upon previous year's weekly average
  • 3 weeks after 10yrs: Pay is based on previous year's weekly average

TruckingTruth's View On CRST Pay And Benefits

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While the first 6 months of mileage pay is below the industry average, especially for contract students, that income increases quickly and by the 1yr mark pay is above some other well known training companies. It's important to think long term as far as pay is concerned. Once you've proven yourself and have been around for 1yr, the pay rate is competitive.

CRST Dispatching Policies

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Can a new driver run regional or dedicated right after school?

Dedicated positions become available at different times of the year and are available nationally. Generally, drivers must drive in the OTR division for 6 months to 1yr before a dedicated position becomes available. The ability to haul dedicated freight depends on the drivers home area, driver performance (preference goes to higher performing drivers), and freight availability.

Will there be any NYC? How soon would a new solo driver be expected to go there?

While CRST does run NYC freight, drivers will have the ability to turn down any freight going into NYC.

CRST Dispatching Policies

Are you forced dispatch? Is the driver given any options for different loads?

While company drivers are forced dispatched, they may turn down NYC freight. Lease operators and owner operators are never forced dispatched.

How often can I expect to be home? For how long at a time?

Drivers receive guaranteed home time. If you are unable to get home on the day you request, CRST will set up alternate transportation methods to ensure you get home. All drivers are entitled to receive 1 day off for each week on the road, with a minimum of 3 weeks out at a time. Unique home time programs can also be taken advantage of including:

20/10 program (certain major cities only): With this plan, drivers run for 20 days and take a full 10 days off. This program is only offered in certain major cities because drivers typically run the same number of miles in 20 days as they normally would in 30. To make this happen, drivers must live in specific freight lanes.

What percentage of freight is drop and hook?

Approximately 80% of the freight at CRST is drop and hook.

TruckingTruth's Views On CRST Dispatching Policies

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A CRST recruiter indicated they do have regional positions available, but that these positions are not common and most drivers never obtain a regional position. Dedicated freight is more of a possibility, but depends upon many factors. For the most part CRST is a long-haul OTR carrier with a very long average length of haul (1,500 miles).

Their home time policy is about average for the industry (1 day off for each week out - minimum of 3 weeks out) but living in some major cities will allow you to take 10 days off after being out for 20 days. The recruiter we spoke with claims these positions are very location specific as they need to maximize time and efficiency in order to give these drivers a competitive number of miles to compensate for the added down time.

Do you allow pets?

No pets are allowed on any CRST equipment.

What is the company's rider policy?

While lease operators are allowed to take riders with them, CRST company drivers are not allowed to take a rider with them as trucks are typically team operated.

CRST Driving Opportunities

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Do you have a leasing program, and will I be persuaded or incentivized to lease?

While a leasing program is offered, CRST takes a "no pressure" approach to the program.

What divisions do you have? (local, dedicated, regional, tanker, flatbed, reefer)

CRST is 100% dry-van operated with some dedicated positions available. Flatbed is available through their sister-company but is an owner operator based company.

What kind of trucks do you have?

Most trucks are various Freightliner and Volvo models and are under 3 years of age.

Do you run electronic logs?

Yes, the majority of trucks are currently on e-logs with plans to outfit the entire company.

What are your trucks governed at?

Most trucks are limited between 62 and 65mph.

Do you have APU units?

Most trucks do not have APU's at this time, but drivers are allowed to engine idle while not driving.

CRST Contact Information & Additional Information

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Recruiting Department Hours:

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

General Application & Information

Hotline: 800-553-2778
CRST Recruiting Page: Join CRST

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