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CRST International

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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

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 Age For CRST International

CRST Minimum Age:
21 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
    .
  • TransAm 21  
    .
  • Maverick 21  
    .
  • US Xpress 21  
    .
  • Southeastern 21  
    .
  • Swift 21  
    .
  • CRST 21  
    .

Minimum Experience Required For CRST International

CRST Minimum Experience:
0 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
    .
  • Hunt  12  
    .
  • Venture  12  
    .
  •  Watkins Shepard
    No Experience Required
  •  G & P
    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  
    .
  • TMC  $1,250  
    .
  • Millis  $1,115  
    .
  • Carter  $1,000  
    .
  • CRST  $1,000  
    .
  • Koch  $975  
    .
  • Covenant  $780  
    .

CRST Starting Pay For Team Drivers

CRST Starting Pay For Team Drivers:
33 cpm

Team Starting Pay Comparison

  • Waggoners  67 cpm  
    .
  • XPO  46 cpm  
    .
  • CalArk  43 cpm  
    .
  • Koch  42 cpm  
    .
  • Decker  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
    .
  • CRST  $1.27B
    .
  • Stevens  $636.14M
    .
  • NEMF  $461.13M
    .
  • Transport America  $347.47M
    .
  • Ward  $159.03M
    .
  • G & P  $80M
    .

CRST Yearly Miles

CRST: 536,000,000

Yearly Miles Comparison

  • Swift  1.87B
    .
  • CRST  536M
    .
  • United Road  134M
    .
  • Gardner  125.15M
    .
  • Jack Cooper  122.66M
    .
  • Venture  59.11M
    .
  • Oak Harbor  3.89M
    .

CRST Driver Unload Percentage

CRST: 1%

Driver Unload Comparison

  • Trimac  95%
    .
  • Lone Star  10%
    .
  • K & B  5%
    .
  • US Xpress  2%
    .
  • CRST  1%
    .
  • Wil-Trans  0%
    .
  • SRT  0%
    .

CRST Drop And Hook Percentage

CRST: 80%

Drop And Hook Comparison

  • Covenant  95%
    .
  • CRST  80%
    .
  • Millis  55%
    .
  • Watkins Shepard  35%
    .
  • SRT  30%
    .
  • MTS  30%
    .
  • 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
    .
  • R + L  5,735
    .
  • CRST  4,500
    .
  • United Road  2,036
    .
  • Paschall  950
    .
  • Eagle  698
    .
  • Lynden  198
    .

CRST Number Of Trailers

CRST Number Of Trailers:
7,300 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
    .
  • US Xpress  22,000
    .
  • CRST  7,300
    .
  • Gardner  4,001
    .
  • Cowan  2,600
    .
  • P&S  1,800
    .
  • Wil-Trans  300
    .

CRST Governed Speed

CRST Speed:
65 MPH

65
  • MTS  68 mph
    .
  • Carter  68 mph
    .
  • CRST  65 mph
    .
  • Melton  65 mph
    .
  • Transport America  64 mph
    .
  • May  61 mph
    .
  • Schneider  60 mph
    .

CRST Tractor Brands

  • CRST

  • PGT

  • XPO

  • Celadon

  • Schneider

  • SRT

  • Smith

  • Marten

  • Eagle

  • Decker

  • Gypsum

  • Covenant

CRST Transmission Types

CRST has a mix of standard and automatic transmissions

  • Standards
    • K & B
    • Prime
    • J.B. Hunt
    • MTS
    • Schaffer
    • Crete
  • Automatics
    • Koch
    • Dillon
    • Averitt
    • Maverick
    • AAA Cooper
    • Watkins Shepard
  • Mix Of Both
    • Dart
    • Navajo
    • XPO
    • Ozark
    • Schneider
    • Melton

CRST APU Policy

CRST does not have trucks equipped with APU's

  • APU Equipped
    • Prime
    • Marten
    • Hirschbach
    • Jim Palmer
    • Trimac
    • Stevens
  • Without APU's
    • KLLM
    • Premier
    • Watkins Shepard
    • Lynden
    • PGT
    • CalArk
  • Mix Of Both
    • K & B
    • TMC

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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