Tyson Foods was formed in 1931 when a truck driver learned about the profit potential of hauling chickens. As an owner operator, John Tyson repeatedly took loads hauling chickens to maximize revenues. Today, Tyson Foods is a multi-billion dollar company and the largest meat processor in the nation. Currently based out of Springdale, Arkansas, Tyson operates a private trucking fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and over 2,100 refrigerated trailers carrying approximately 15,500 loads each week. Tyson accepts both experienced drivers as well as drivers who recently graduated from CDL school.
Tyson owns and operates nearly 100 different locations from trucking terminals and distribution centers to processing plants and office locations. Nearly all of these locations are accommodating to trucks and many locations offer amenities such as large cafeterias, showering facilities, shops, scales, and other driver conveniences.
Tyson Foods operates across the entire United States.
Drivers in training must drive for a minimum of 2 weeks with a company trainer.
After training, drivers may choose to either drive a team truck or be issued a truck of their own.
About 98% of all Tyson Foods freight consists of their own freight which is usually refrigerated chicken, beef, and pork.
During your first week of orientation, you will be paid $350. After that, you will receive a set salary of $400 per week for the duration of company training. Once you go solo, your starting pay is $0.36 per mile. You will then earn $0.39 per mile after 1 year and another $0.01 per mile each year thereafter, toping out at $0.41 per mile. Solo drivers at Tyson Foods average 2,600 miles per week.
In addition to your normal mileage pay, you will earn an additional $0.03 per mile on all single trips less than 500 miles. For single trips less than 250 miles, you'll receive an additional $.06 per mile. Tyson Foods also pays the following:
After 90 days of employment, drivers become eligible for discounted health, dental, and life insurance benefits. After 1 year of employment, drivers may enroll in a 401k matching retirement program.
Pets are not allowed on company equipment.
You will not be required to cross into Canada.
Tuition reimbursement of up to $6,000 is offered to recent truck driving school graduates.
Most positions at Tyson Foods are OTR driving jobs which will require you to stay out for 3 to 4 weeks at a time. You will earn 1 day off for every 7 days out.
Tyson Foods offers a team driver fleet with team trucks averaging 5,500 miles per week. Starting pay is $0.37 per mile with an increase to $0.42 per mile after one year and another $0.01 increase for the next two years. All paid miles are paid to the truck and are split between the two drivers.
Though rare, drivers may be required to carry freight into, out of, or through NYC. Most freight going into NYC is dropped in the New Holland, PA terminal and are carried in by local drivers.
A hazardous materials endorsement is not required.
Approximately 70% of freight is drop and hook.
Drivers are required to take all load assignments dispatched to them.
Most trucks are less than 3 years old.
Trucks are governed at 70mph.
10 speed manual transmissions are used in the majority of the fleet.
Trucks are equipped with APU's and power inverters.
While paper logs are still used, the industry is moving towards paperless logs and as such, Tyson Foods is experimenting with switching entirely to e-logs.
While limited, some local, dedicated, and regional opportunities exist. However, the majority of Tyson Foods drivers are in the OTR division.