Tyson Foods

Tyson raises pay for OTR reefer drivers

Feb. 2, 2024
The food company reports increasing pay for all drivers in its refrigerated fleet by up to 3 cents per mile and reveals a plan to add 100 trucks to the growing division.

Tyson Foods reports it recently awarded a “substantial” pay increase to its over-the-road (OTR), refrigerated-division drivers, elevating compensation pay by up to 3 cents per mile for all reefer fleet drivers.

The increase reflects the food company’s commitment to providing competitive compensation and recognizing the hard work and dedication of its drivers, Tyson said. In 2023, the top 50% of Tyson drivers averaged $92,000-plus, the company added, with an enhanced pay structure that rewards current drivers and serves as a “powerful” recruitment tool, attracting new talent to join Tyson’s growing OTR reefer division.

“As a company, we understand that our drivers are at the heart of our success, Phil Vanhook, Tyson managing director of transportation operations, said in a news release. “Their dedication and hard work drive our operations, and it’s only fitting that we reciprocate by offering a substantial pay increase.”

Enhanced rates also will contribute to the overall job satisfaction and financial well-being of the division’s drivers, the company maintained.

Tyson also plans to expand its fleet by adding 100 trucks within the next three months.

“Our investment in additional trucks signifies our commitment to meeting the growing demands of our industry and providing job security for our dedicated drivers,” Vanhook said. “We are excited about the opportunities this expansion brings to both our drivers and Tyson Foods as a whole.”

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