Pay and Bonuses

When you work for CFI as an over-the-road (OTR) driver — a job sometimes referred to as long-haul trucking — you can expect a life of adventure on the open road. It’s a lifestyle that does require you to be away from home, but in exchange, it gives you the freedom to explore the far reaches of our country while also making a great living.

Base Pay Scale for Company Drivers

Experienced Drivers

CFI Driven Miles Solo Team
0–124,999 $0.40 $0.255
125,000–249,999 $0.41 $0.26
250,000–499,999 $0.42 $0.265
500,000–749,999 $0.425 $0.2675
750,000–999,999 $0.43 $0.27
1,000,000–1,499,999 $0.435 $0.2725
1,500,000–1,999,999 $0.44 $0.275
2,000,000–2,499,999 $0.45 $0.28
2,500,000 + $0.46 $0.285

FOR VETERANS WHO DROVE IN THE MILITARY: After you earn your CDL, we’ll start you right away on the experienced driver pay scale. Learn more about Military Opportunities.

Solo owner operators will receive a $0.03 per mile bonus on all miles in excess of 11,000 miles driven in a month. Owner operator teams will earn $0.08 per mile on all miles in excess of 18,000 miles driven by the team in a month. Learn more about Owner Operator opportunities.

Student Drivers

Miles Rate per Mile
0-7,500 (upgrade) $0.26
7,501–59,999 $0.33
60,000–89,999 $0.35
90,000–119,999 $0.37
120,000–124,999 $0.40

If you need to learn the trade, we’ll pay for your tuition and room and board at a qualified driving school where you can obtain your commercial driver’s license (CDL). And if you recently paid to earn your CDL, we’ll reimburse you up to $4,000. Learn more about being a Student Driver.

MILITARY/VETERAN BONUS FOR NEW DRIVERS: If you’re a current or former member of the U.S. military, you can receive up to $1,000 per month in GI Bill benefits during your apprenticeship year. Learn more about Military Opportunities.

Additional Pay

Pay for common scenarios

Stop-offs: $35 per stop (not including first pickup and final stop).

Canadian border: Earn an extra $25 per loaded crossing.

Certain ZIP codes: An extra $50 for deliveries to or from certain zip codes mostly in New York City and Long Island.

Cartage and other local: For trips shorter than 100 miles, earn your mileage rate plus an extra $20 per load.

Layovers: After 48 hours, earn $75 per 24 hours of layover time.

Noncustomary work: An extra $17.50 per hour for assignments outside normal scope of work that don’t fall into other additional-pay categories.


Holiday bonus: Earn an extra $60 per day for working on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Christmas.

Northeast bonus: Earn an extra $0.05 per mile driving in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

HAZMAT bonus: Earn an extra $0.03 per mile while carrying placarded HAZMAT loads.

Performance-based bonuses: Bonuses for outstanding achievements related to safe driving, mileage, productivity and more for solo, regional, team or dedicated drivers finished with training.

CFI policy provides equal employment and individual opportunity to all job applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other status as protected by federal, state and local governments.

All new hires must pass a post-offer drug screen.