CRST International Company Review

CRST International Company Overview

CRST International company logo

In 1955, Herald and Miriam Smith started Cedar Rapids Steel Transport out of a refurbished chicken coop they bought for $125. At the time, they had no trucks and no customers, but Herald, known as "Smitty," convinced firms he could save them money. He contracted with owner/operators who were hauling livestock to Chicago to return to the Cedar Rapids area with loads of steel instead of empty trucks. Family owned to this day, CRST has evolved from a trucking firm to one of the nation's leading providers of transportation solutions.

CRST International Corporate Headquarters

Map of CRST corporate headquarters
3930 16th Ave SW P.O. Box 68
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406
Phone: 1-800-553-2778
Website: CRST International

Getting Hired At CRST International

CRST International Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years old and pass a DMV/D.O.T. (Dept of Transportation) physical and a pre-employment drug screen.
  • You must have a good driving record and have been licensed in the United States for a minimum of 2 years out of the last 3 YEARS.
  • No DUI, DWI, or open container violations in the last 5 years. No more than 1 DUI in the last 15 years and no more than 2 DUI's in your lifetime.
  • Criminal convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis
  • Hiring Drivers With Felonies

    Reviewed case-by-case.

  • Hiring Drivers With A DUI

    No DUI, DWI, or open container violations in the last 5 years. No more than 1 DUI in the last 15 years and no more than 2 DUI's in your lifetime.

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CRST Hiring Area

CRST hires from all 48 contiguous states

Minimum Hiring Age For CRST International

CRST Minimum Hiring Age:
21 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
    .
  • Martin 23  
    .
  • Koch 21  
    .
  • Decker 21  
    .
  • JBS 21  
    .
  • CRST 21  
    .
  • Swift 21  
    .

Minimum Experience Required For CRST International

CRST Minimum Experience:
0 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
    .
  • Dillon  6  
    .
  • Paschall  6  
    .
  •  Celadon
    No Experience Required
  •  Central
    No Experience Required
  •  Swift
    No Experience Required
  •  CRST
    No Experience Required

CRST Average Weekly Pay

CRST Average Weekly Pay:
$1,000 weekly

Average Weekly Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  $1,307  
    .
  • Millis  $1,115  
    .
  • Jim Palmer  $1,100  
    .
  • XPO  $1,000  
    .
  • CRST  $1,000  
    .
  • Ozark  $975  
    .
  • Covenant  $780  
    .

CRST Starting Pay For Team Drivers

CRST Starting Pay For Team Drivers:
33 cpm

Team Starting Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  67 cpm  
    .
  • Marten  52 cpm  
    .
  • Wil-Trans  44 cpm  
    .
  • Decker  42 cpm  
    .
  • Covenant  42 cpm  
    .
  • Watkins Shepard  35 cpm  
    .
  • CRST  33 cpm  
    .

CRST International Driver Benefits

  • Major medical insurance and wellness plan
  • Gym reimbursements
  • Paid time off
  • 401(k)
  • Life insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible benefits
  • Short-term disability

CRST International Operations

Driving Opportunities At CRST International

Driver Types:

  • Solo
  • Teams
  • OwnOp - Lease

Freight Types:

  • Dry Van

Route Types:

  • Local
  • Regional
  • OTR
  • Dedicated
  • Intermodal
  • LTL
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CRST Operating Area

CRST operates all 48 contiguous states

CRST Company Terminal Locations

CRST International terminal locations
  • Jurupa Valley, CA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Carlisle, PA

CRST Yearly Revenues

CRST: $1,270,116,000

Yearly Revenue Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  $6.16B
    .
  • Swift  $4.12B
    .
  • CRST  $1.27B
    .
  • Koch  $274.7M
    .
  • May  $188M
    .
  • Ozark  $146.26M
    .
  • G & P  $80M
    .

CRST Yearly Miles

CRST: 536,000,000

Yearly Miles Comparison

  • Swift  1.87B
    .
  • CRST  536M
    .
  • Stevens  229.46M
    .
  • Hub  203.89M
    .
  • A&R  76.81M
    .
  • Eagle  61.91M
    .
  • Oak Harbor  3.89M
    .

CRST Driver Unload Percentage

CRST: 1%

Driver Unload Comparison

  • Trimac  95%
    .
  • Watkins Shepard  30%
    .
  • K & B  5%
    .
  • Ozark  5%
    .
  • CRST  1%
    .
  • Maverick  0%
    .
  • SRT  0%
    .

CRST Drop And Hook Percentage

CRST: 80%

Drop And Hook Comparison

  • Covenant  95%
    .
  • CRST  80%
    .
  • TMC  50%
    .
  • Watkins Shepard  35%
    .
  • MTS  30%
    .
  • Wil-Trans  20%
    .
  • Central  0%
    .

CRST Company Policies

  • CRST Home Time Options

    CRST has the following home time options available:

    • Weekly
    • Monthly

    1 day home time for every week on the road, up to 3 days.

  • CRST Rider Policy

    CRST does not allow anyone to ride along.
  • CRST Tuition Reimbursement

    -Once training has been completed, the student will be eligible for Tuition Reimbursement, paid back to them at a rate of $100 a month up to a total of $4800.00.

  • CRST Pet Policy

    CRST does not allow pets.

CRST Programs For Military Personnel

Active Military Reservists and Honorably Discharged Veterans receive a $500 bonus on top of any other bonus offered at CRST.

CRST is approved to honor your G.I. Bill benefits through the V.A., and also provides credit towards your pay for your previous Military service.

CRST Company Equipment

CRST Number Of Trucks

CRST Number Of Trucks:
4,500 Trucks

Number Of Trucks Comparison

  • Swift  25,685
    .
  • CRST  4,500
    .
  • CR England  3,500
    .
  • USA Truck  2,649
    .
  • Dart  1,940
    .
  • Hunt  250
    .
  • Lynden  198
    .

CRST Number Of Trailers

CRST Number Of Trailers:
7,300 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
    .
  • CRST  7,300
    .
  • PAM  4,919
    .
  • Marten  4,300
    .
  • Boyd Bros.  1,670
    .
  • Waggoners  800
    .
  • Wil-Trans  300
    .

CRST Governed Speed

CRST Speed:
65 MPH

65
  • MTS  68 mph
    .
  • J.B. Hunt  65 mph
    .
  • CRST  65 mph
    .
  • Maverick  65 mph
    .
  • Transport America  64 mph
    .
  • TMC  62 mph
    .
  • Schneider  60 mph
    .

CRST Tractor Brands

  • CRST

  • Maverick

  • TransAm

  • MTS

  • PGT

  • Knight

  • Decker

  • Lone Star

  • Roehl

  • Transport America

  • Millis

  • Covenant

CRST Transmission Types

CRST has a mix of standard and automatic transmissions

  • Standards
    • SRT
    • Lone Star
    • Crete
    • Schaffer
    • K & B
    • Hunt
  • Automatics
    • Averitt
    • Watkins Shepard
    • Maverick
    • Carter
    • Dillon
    • AAA Cooper
  • Mix Of Both
    • Millis
    • Ozark
    • Navajo
    • Melton
    • TMC
    • Wil-Trans

CRST APU Policy

CRST does not have trucks equipped with APU's

  • APU Equipped
    • Paschall
    • Lone Star
    • Stevens
    • Wil-Trans
    • Prime
    • Jim Palmer
  • Without APU's
    • A&R
    • Wilson
    • MTS
    • FirstFleet
    • United Road
    • AAA Cooper
  • Mix Of Both
    • TMC
    • K & B

CRST Company Training

CRST Company-Sponsored Training

CRST offers a full company-sponsored training program where you can get your CDL for little or no money up front. Click the button below to learn more about it:

Learn More About CRST's Company-Sponsored Training

  • Length Of Training At CRST

    The training at CRST will last approximately 8 weeks.

    CDL training will last from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the school you attend. That will be followed by a 4 day orientation session at a CRST terminal and a minimum of 28 days and 14,000 miles with a company trainer.

  • CRST Average Pay During Training

    You will average approximately $550 per week during your training.

    Training pay is $.25 for the first two months, $.26 for months 3-5, and $.33 for months 6-11.

  • Solo Versus Team Dispatch During Training

    You are dispatched as a solo driver during training with CRST

  • Solo Versus Team Operation After Training

    At CRST you will run team after training.

    CRST runs almost exclusively with teams.

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