The tanker operation of truckload carrier Schneider National – Schneider National Bulk Carriers – is increasing owner-operator compensation by five cents per mile as of Dec. 5 this year. This will increase total pay for these drivers to $1.05 per mile, plus fuel surcharge, for both loaded and unloaded miles.

George Grossardt, vp & gm of Schneider National Bulk Carriers, said the division’s owner-operators average 125,000 miles a year and, as this pay increase is the largest in company history for this group, these owner-operators could see an extra $6,250 per year in revenue with the new mileage rate.

“We have had double-digit growth in 2010 and are expecting the same in 2011,” he added. “Our customers need long-haul chemical carriers who are committed to this market and drivers who have a strong regard for operating safely and with the highest levels of service.”

Grossardt also noted that Schneider National Bulk Carriers will be adding experienced tanker owner-operators and will also provide training to assist owner-operators considering a transition into the chemical-hauling industry.