Shaffer Trucking Company Review

Shaffer Trucking Company Overview

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Shaffer Trucking has a proud history of serving the nation's largest food and temperature-sensitive shippers. Founded in 1937, Shaffer's roots run deep in the central Pennsylvania area of New Kingstown, outside of Harrisburg.

Since joining the Crete organization in 1974, Shaffer has continued to build on its reputation as one of the nation's premier providers of temperature-sensitive truckload services. In 2003, Sunflower Carriers, another Crete Carrier Company, was merged with Shaffer creating one of the largest refrigerated transportation fleets in the country.

Shaffer Trucking Corporate Headquarters

Map of Schaffer corporate headquarters
400 NW 56th Street
Lincoln, NE 68528
Phone: 1-800-998-8100
Website: Shaffer Trucking

Getting Hired At Shaffer Trucking

Shaffer Trucking Minimum Hiring Qualifications

  • Age 22 or above.
  • Eligible for Employment in US
  • Read, Write & Speak English
  • No Drug/Alcohol Violations 5yrs
  • No major CDL Moving Violations in the past year
  • Hiring Drivers With Felonies

    No information at this time
  • Hiring Drivers With A DUI

    Schaffer does not allow any DUI's

Schaffer Hiring Area

Schaffer hires from all 48 contiguous states

Minimum Hiring Age For Shaffer Trucking

Schaffer Minimum Hiring Age:
22 Years Old

Minimum Age Comparison

  • Salmon 25  
  • NFI 23  
  • MTS 23  
  • Schaffer 22  
  • Stevens 22  
  • Swift 21  
  • Saia 21  

Minimum Experience Required For Shaffer Trucking

Schaffer Minimum Experience:
0 Months

Minimum Experience Comparison (Months)

  • AAA Cooper  24  
  • Eagle  18  
  • Venture  12  
  • ABF  12  
  •  Schaffer
    No Experience Required
  •  Swift
    No Experience Required
  •  Maverick
    No Experience Required

Shaffer Trucking Driver Pay

Stop-Off Pay: If your load requires multiple stops in addition to the original pick up and the final delivery, you will receive stop pay of $30 per stop.

Breakdown Pay: The breakdown of truck driver pay of $100 is paid for each 24 hour period following the first 12 hours.

Guaranteed Detention Pay: Company OTR drivers will now receive guaranteed detention pay after 2 hours of wait time.

Schaffer Starting Pay For Solo Drivers

Schaffer Starting Pay For Solo Drivers:
37 cpm

Solo Starting Pay Comparison

  • Maverick  55 cpm  
  • Schaffer  37 cpm  
  • KLLM  34 cpm  
  • Dillon  0:0,6:38,12:39,18:43,24:45  cpm  
  • Gypsum  0:0,6:0,12:38,18:39,24:42 cpm  
  • A. Duie Pyle  0:33,6:35,12:37,18:38,24:41  cpm  
  • Beelman  0:34,6:35,12:36,18:37,24:38  cpm  

Shaffer Trucking Driver Benefits

  • Health Care Benefits - Shaffer Trucking offers Health, Dental and Vision insurance to drivers and their dependents. You can also setup health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Basic life insurance coverage and short term disability coverage are automatically provided by Shaffer.
  • Retirement Benefits - 401(k) contribution and company paid Profit Sharing Plan contribution.
  • Personal Time:
    • - Vacation Pay: Receive paid vacation time based on your years-of-service: 1 year of service equals 1 week of paid vacation, 2 years of service equals 2 weeks of paid vacation, and 10 years or more of service equals 3 weeks paid vacation.
    • - Military Leave: No need to use your vacation time - we'll get you home for drill and training.
    • - Jury Duty: Receive up to $100/day for jury duty

Shaffer Trucking Operations

Driving Opportunities At Shaffer Trucking

Driver Types:

  • Solo
  • OwnOp - Lease

Freight Types:

  • Refrigerated

Route Types:

  • Regional
  • OTR
  • Dedicated

Schaffer Operating Area

Schaffer operates all 48 contiguous states

Shaffer Trucking Terminal Locations

Shaffer Trucking terminal locations
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Marietta, GA
  • Omaha, NE
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Wilmer, TX
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Greensboro, NC
  • New Kingston, PA
  • North Salt Lake, UT
  • Deland, FL
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Lenoir City, TN
  • Cheyenne, WY

Schaffer Company Policies

  • Schaffer Home Time Options

    Schaffer has the following home time options available:

  • Schaffer Rider Policy

    Take friends and family out on the open road with you with our NO COST Rider Policy. Authorized passengers are as follows:

    • Spouse
    • One child, stepchild, foster-child, niece, nephew or grandchild 4 years of age or younger, provided they are accompanied by the non-driving spouse or adult
    • One child, stepchild, foster-child, niece, nephew or grandchild 5 – 18 years of age, without the non-driving spouse or adult
    • One adult 19 years or older
  • Schaffer Tuition Reimbursement

    Schaffer does not offer tuition reimbursement.
  • Schaffer Pet Policy

    Drivers are allowed to have a dog or cat on the truck that weighs less than 60 pounds.

Schaffer Programs For Military Personnel


  • Honorable Discharge
  • DD214 with 2 years of Active Duty Military experience in the last 5 years
  • 1 year of military semi tractor trailer combination experience in the last 5 years
  • Class A CDL License

Drivers will be compensated $600 a week during the 8 week training, and will earn between $.37 and $.44 cents per practical mile after being released from the road training program.

In 2012, Shaffer Trucking and Crete Carrier founded the Patriot Fleet, a specialized fleet of trucks that aim to honor all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. At its inception, the Patriot Fleet was comprised of five trucks. Today, we continued to honor America’s heroes by adding five additional trucks, allowing for one of the largest military fleets in the trucking industry. The Patriot Fleet trucks are black International ProStars and Freightliner Cascadias that feature many emblems including: seals for each branch of the United States Armed Forces, dog tags, a silhouette of a soldier in battle gear, a bald eagle, and the Patriot Fleet shield. Collectively, these drivers bring with them over 133 years of experience in the armed forces, more than 100 years as a part of the Shaffer family, and over 21 million total miles driven.

Schaffer Company Equipment

Schaffer Number Of Trucks

Schaffer Number Of Trucks:
1,000 Trucks

Number Of Trucks Comparison

  • Swift  25,685
  • XPO  12,100
  • TMC  2,417
  • Schaffer  1,000
  • Beelman  707
  • Hunt  250
  • Lynden  198

Schaffer Number Of Trailers

Schaffer Number Of Trailers:
2,800 Trailers

Number Of Trailers Comparison

  • J.B. Hunt  87,150
  • Crete  12,000
  • Prime  10,000
  • R + L  8,000
  • Schaffer  2,800
  • Watkins Shepard  2,500
  • Wil-Trans  300

Schaffer Governed Speed

Schaffer Speed:

  • Millis  70 mph
  • Ozark  65 mph
  • Maverick  65 mph
  • Interstate  63 mph
  • Swift  62 mph
  • Schneider  60 mph
  • Schaffer  0 mph

Schaffer Tractor Brands

  • Schaffer

  • Celadon

  • Knight

  • Decker

  • J.B. Hunt

  • CRST

  • TMC

  • Watkins Shepard

  • Navajo

  • Cowan

  • P&S

  • Crete

Schaffer Transmission Types

Schaffer has standard transmissions

  • Standards
    • Hunt
    • Covenant
    • Lone Star
    • Prime
    • MTS
    • May
  • Automatics
    • Dillon
    • Watkins Shepard
    • Koch
    • Averitt
    • AAA Cooper
    • Maverick
  • Mix Of Both
    • CRST
    • Dart
    • Melton
    • Jim Palmer
    • Navajo
    • XPO

Schaffer APU Policy

Schaffer has trucks equipped with APU's

  • APU Equipped
    • Prime
    • Celadon
    • Maverick
    • Stevens
    • Carter
    • Navajo
  • Without APU's
    • Hunt
    • J.B. Hunt
    • CTL
    • Gypsum
    • AAA Cooper
    • United Road
  • Mix Of Both
    • K & B
    • TMC

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