In preparation for retiring Baby Boomers and the overall increased demand for goods amid future growth, trucking industry recruitment efforts are venturing into underrepresented demographics – namely women.
And the effort to get more women behind the wheel of a big rig is paying dividends. According to the American Trucking Association, the trucking industry saw a 69 percent increase in the number of female drivers between 2010 and 2018.
Women are excelling in these roles and are “good for business”; not only are they 20 percent less likely than men to be involved in an accident, carriers report that women take better care of their equipment, are quicker to train and offer superior paperwork and customer service skills.
So, what’s motivating so many women to trade an office desk for a spot on the open road?
Higher, Equal Pay
There is no gender pay gap in the trucking industry. And according to The Wall Street Journal, many women say the reason they are getting behind the wheel is to get paid the same as men while doing the same work.
“There are many different types of driver pay in the industry, including by the mile, per load, hourly, and even salary in some cases,” ATA economist Bob Costello explained in an interview with the Journal. “In all cases, there is no distinction between male or female. If you go to a fleet and ask how much drivers are paid, it is by experience level, routes, etc., not gender-specific.”
At Xtreme Trucking, pay rates are based on truckers’ experience and safe driving records, with drivers consistently earning $65,000+ per year.
Benefits & Advancement Opportunities
No bachelor’s degree? No problem.
Careers in trucking offer better benefits and greater stability than positions in the retail, food service and in-home care industries. The jobs also often include a variety of different opportunities for advancement into management or office roles. The trucking industry’s employees are eight percent female, but women currently make up 23 percent of its executives, according to a Women in Trucking study.
At Xtreme Trucking, the work is steady and reliable. There are never concerns about lack of freight!
Xtreme wants its drivers to have a long career with the company and does whatever it takes to keep them engaged and earning.
Xtreme’s comprehensive benefits package includes:
- Excellent options for insurance, including health, dental, vision, and life
- Paid short term disability
- 401K with company match
Modernized Technology & Equipment
Decades ago, truck drivers needed some amount of muscle to get the job done. Today’s trucks, though, are much more sophisticated.
Advancements in technology and changes in the industry make truck driving more accommodating to drivers of all body types.
Many trucks are now equipped with:
- Improved visibility
- Automatic transmissions allowing for a less grueling ride
- Automatic loading and unloading equipment
- Hydraulic hood releases and dollies
- Ergonomic design to help women feel as comfortable as men
Truck stops, too, have upgraded their facilities with fitness rooms, healthier dining options, hair dryers and private shower rooms, per USA Today. Improving safety has also been a priority, with many truck stops adding more lighting and security guards.
Freedom & Adventure
Many women are drawn to the freedom driving a truck can provide—nothing but open road ahead and no managers looking over your shoulder!
A career in trucking also presents the opportunity to get paid to travel to new destinations throughout the country. Daily routes can include views of the ocean or mountains as well as unforgettable sunrises and sunsets. Every day can be a new adventure!
Xtreme trusts its truckers and their driving skills and relies on their instincts to make every delivery on time. Instead of being micromanaged, Xtreme’s drivers have a team supporting them, including:
- Dedicated Backhaul Specialists specifically trained to plan drivers’ backhaul before they leave
- Driver Managers acting as a liaison to take care of issues so drivers can keep their eyes and mind on the road
- A Safety Permit Officer clearing every route of red tape to ensure drivers aren’t stuck on the road because someone didn’t file the correct paperwork
- 24/7 Driver Assistance committed to getting drivers back on the road at all costs
The Future for Women in Trucking
It’s a transformative time for the trucking industry. Taking aggressive steps in recruiting female drivers helps ensure its future as an integral part of the nation’s economy. Many companies are presently developing and testing autonomous and remotely-operated commercial trucks—technology that would revolutionize the profession and open new opportunities for women and trucking professionals everywhere.
About Xtreme Trucking
Owner Travis Nelson founded Xtreme Trucking in 2007 with just one truck and a leased refrigerated trailer. Since then, it’s emerged as one of the most progressive and fastest-growing carriers in the Midwest. With decades of experience behind the wheel and running logistics, the Xtreme Team can handle ANY load a customer needs shipped. Long haul, hazmat, dry van, or refrigerated transportation are all within the company’s repertoire. Headquartered in Maribel, WI, Xtreme Trucking partners with almost every major shipper in the refrigerated truck field, including many well-known household brands.