Follow along as we guide you through each of the company-sponsored training programs. You'll be able to:
Once you're finished, we'll generate a report showing all of your information so you can easily compare the programs.
Everything will be saved, so you can return here anytime to continue with your research without having to start over.
You will also have the option of sharing your reports, and viewing reports shared by other members of our community.
It's really simple and it's even kinda fun, so give it a try!
Training is custom tailored to each individual driver. However, training generally lasts 4 to 6 weeks.
You will earn a base salary of $400 per week while with your trainer.
All training trucks are operated as solo trucks. No team driving.
No, training trucks are always one student one instructor only.
Yes, and most of the time, no driving will be done with anyone in the sleeper at all.
Yes, you may choose either smoking or non-smoking trainers.
Student drivers and trainees check in weekly with their assigned fleet manager and discuss their progress and any issues. They may also contact a dispatcher 24/7/365 for any emergency issues. If a new trainer is needed, one will be provided.
While the minimum is 6-months experience, most trainers have a minimum of 1 year of safe driving experience and a proven customer service track record.
The training program at Knight is about average in terms of pay and duration. One major advantage to Knight's training program is that they do not operate a training truck as a team truck. Most other training companies have the trainee drive while the trainer sleeps and vice versa. Knight appears to have a fantastic training program overall and we see don't see any major issues to be concerned with.
Knight Transportation has a sliding pay scale based upon miles driven as seen below. Drivers will have an opportunity move up to level 2 after 30 days or 10,000 miles and level 3 pay scale after 30 days or 20,000 miles.
Note: Knight offers various regional and dedicated accounts which may offer their own pay scales. Further, Knight Transportation has a refrigerated and container division as well, which at times, may have their own unique pay scales. Check with a recruiter for details.
There are quarterly bonus opportunities to make an additional $.03/mile. Get paid for any portion of the quarterly bonus in which you qualify:
After completing 1 year of service, you will receive 1 week of vacation. After 3 years, you may take 2 weeks of vacation.
Group medical, dental, vision, and life insurance is available.
Insurance costs vary depending on the type of coverage.
90 days after hire.
Compared to other companies we've researched, the starting pay at Knight Transportation is about average for the industry. However, Knight offers quite a few opportunities for regional and dedicated fright which may get drivers home more often than other OTR carriers.
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