IT’S YOUR CAREER.
BE PURPOSE DRIVEN.
At Nussbaum, every single employee helps to move our company forward. Together, we create strong, lasting relationships with our customers & each other.
We are always seeking skilled, professional drivers to expand our family. Keep scrolling to learn more about driving at Nussbaum, what you could earn, and how we can help you make the switch with our $5,000 transition bonus.
Faith & Family are what drive us.
Faith, family, and fun (at work). It doesn’t get any more foundational than this, and we look at how each of these work with every decision we make. Read More
Transparency builds trust. Because of this, we have a “no surprises” recruiting philosophy, scheduled driver reviews and an open-door policy that keeps us moving forward.
We are relationship-driven and treat people with respect. While we have high expectations for our drivers, we also work to put ourselves in your shoes.
We balance consistency with flexibility. Running a successful trucking operation requires structure, but we also know that smart processes and programs need to be applied with common sense and flexibility.
We take care of our drivers.
Weekly Home Time
Our goal is to get you home WEEKLY. On average, our OTR drivers miss three weekends a year. We want your marriages and families to come first.
Trucking is an unpredictable job, but our guaranteed weekly pay minimum is designed to give you peace-of-mind. We don’t want you to ever worry about when your next paycheck will be.
Nussbaum is at the cutting-edge of industry equipment innovations – meaning our drivers have fewer issues on the road.
Mentoring Program & Performance Reviews
All drivers go through our Driver Mentoring Program – which helps implement safe driving habits, save fuel and make more money through our bonus program.
We don’t think twice about paying top dollar for drivers:
Drivers can earn $78K- $88K in the first year depending on experience and where they live (see Key Location Pay and Road Warrior Pay)
$96K average annual earnings for our Top 30%
The National Transportation Institute (NTI) designated Nussbaum’s total pay package as “Top Paying.”
Key Location Pay
We have 5 cities – Des Moines IA, Quad Cities IA/IL, Channahon/Chicago IL,
Indianapolis IN, Toledo OH – that are crucial to our freight system. Drivers in one of these key locations earn an additional $0.05 per mile and add an additional $100 to their weekly guarantee.
Road Warrior Pay
Drivers that do not live in a key location, but would like to make an additional $0.05 per mile and +$100 on their guarantee, have the opportunity to join our Road Warrior program. Road Warriors are defined as getting home 4 times or less per quarter.
The Elite Driver Track
Drivers with 2 years’ recent experience, a clean driving record, and a stable work history can earn more at Nussbaum! Drivers placed on our Elite Driver Track are given our highest pay package, and earn $87,000+ right away! Do you fit those qualifications? Call a recruiter and ask about the Elite Driver Track!
It pays to drive with Nussbaum.
- Starting pay is based on your experience & location.
- Earn $78,000 to $88,000 in the first year.
Established Nussbaum drivers can earn $85,000-95,000+ per year. The top 30% of our fleet average $96,000 per year.
Door-To-Door “Practical Miles” Pay
Door-to-Door Practical Miles are approximately 4-5% higher than zip-to-zip Short Miles (the equivalent of $0.02/mile). You get paid for more miles each week and see more money in each paycheck!
Pay for the work you do, not just the miles you drive.
- Pick Up Pay – $20 for initial pick up of a load.
- Delivery Pay – $20 for final delivery on a load.
- Trailer Relay Pay – $12 for trailer swap when splitting a load with another driver.
- Trailer Shuttle Pay – $12 for empty trailer moves when no pick up and/or delivery of any load occurs at the locations.
More than the Mile Pay.
- Unloading pay
- Stop off pay
- Additional pay for short-haul loads
- Detention pay (starts after only 1 hour!)
- Reimbursement for Paid Parking
- Breakdown & layover pay
- East coast premium
- Per diem allowances
- All loaded and empty miles paid
- Weekly pay & direct deposit
Taking care of you and your family.
Our health insurance, 401k match, and PTO package are well above average in the trucking industry.
- Major medical health benefits
- Dental benefits
- Vision benefits
- Short-term disability benefits
- Rider program
- Life insurance policy
Paid Time Off & Holidays
- $260/day for vacation, personal time, and holidays.
- Holiday pay kicks in after 30 days of employment
- 1 week of vacation time after 1 year of employment
- 2 weeks of vacation time after 3 years of employment
- 3 weeks of vacation time after 6 years of employment
- 4 weeks of vacation time after 10 years of employment
- 5 weeks of vacation time after 15 years of employment
- 401(k) retirement program
- 401(k) match: Available from your first paycheck.
- Employee Stock Ownership Plan
You're in the bonus.
Driver Excelerator Bonus Program
Drivers performing at higher levels do not go unnoticed or uncompensated at Nussbaum. In addition to your pay-per-mile income, you can earn even more with our industry-leading, pay-for-performance bonus program – Driver Excelerator. With Driver Excelerator, we use scorecards that represent four distinct areas – safety, habits, operations and maintenance.
Our average bonus payout is around $0.035/mile extra. We spot new hires $0.04/mile. Top performers get up to $0.07 – $0.08 extra per mile. That translates into over $6,000 in additional earnings a year.