Excellence In Transportation

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

Salem strives to offer competitive pay with an excellent benefits package. Some benefit offerings include:

Some additional benefits our drivers enjoy are:
  • Excellent compensation opportunities
  • Company-paid orientation
  • Quarterly Safety Bonus
  • Driver Referral Bonus
  • Stop pay
  • Detention pay
  • Drop/hook pay
  • Well maintained equipment

This listing is a general overview of some of the major benefits that Salem offers its employees. For more details on plans and costs, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Health Insurance

There are two plan options available, and each employee can select the plan that best suits the employee's needs. Coverage is provided through CIGNA HealthCare and the employee pays a portion of the premiums through pre-tax payroll deductions. Each employee will have the choice of insuring themselves and dependents. Participation in this plan begins the first of the month after an employee has completed 90 days of employment with Salem.

Dental Insurance

Two plans are available, and each employee can select the plan that best suits their dental needs.

The coverage is provided by Assurant Employee Benefits and will be paid for by employees, through the convenience of payroll deduction. Each employee will have the choice of insuring themselves and/or dependents and may use the services of any dentist of choice. Please note that orthodontics is not covered by this plan. A vision discount through VSP—which offers discounts on eye exams and glasses—is attached with the dental plan.

Participation in this plan begins the first of the month after an employee has completed 60 days of employment with Salem.

Life Insurance (Company-paid)

Salem provides all full-time employees and immediate family members with company-paid life insurance coverage through Reliance Standard Life Insurance. Participation in this plan begins the first of the month after employees have completed 90 days of employment with Salem.


  • Employee: Two times base annual salary (employee) with limits
  • Spouse: $5,000
  • Children: $500 (age 14 days to 6 months), $2,500 (6 months to 20 yrs. old (students up until age 26)

Life Insurance (Voluntary)

In addition to the company-paid Life insurance, Salem also offers all full-time employees optional supplemental life insurance coverage through Assurant Employee Benefits, paid by the employee through payroll deduction. Rates are based on age. Family coverage is also available. Participation in this plan begins the first of the month after employees have completed 60 days of employment with Salem.

Short Term Disability (Voluntary)

Employees are provided the opportunity to participate in a voluntary Short-Term Disability (STD) program. With this program, employees can choose the level of coverage that best meets individual needs based on age and salary. This benefit pays a percentage of the employee's salary on a weekly basis.

Long Term Disability

Salem offers Long-Term Disability (LTD) coverage, should a disability continue for (6) months or longer. This coverage is provided at no cost to the employee.


Salem observes seven (7) days during the calendar year as official company holidays for full-time employees. The observed holidays are New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the employee's birthday. For drivers that are normally paid on the mileage rate, holiday pay will be according to their hourly rate of pay.


Vacation time is an opportunity for employees to take time out of the work schedule to rest and relax. Vacation time is earned, granted, and paid based on prior continuous service. Only full time employees are eligible.

Vacation is earned according to the following schedule:

  • After 1 year employment => 1 week of vacation
  • After 2 years employment => 2 weeks of vacation
  • After 7 years employment => 3 weeks of vacation

401(k) PLAN

Salem offers employees an opportunity to invest in their future through a 401(k) retirement plan. Employees may contribute 1% to 50% of eligible compensation. The Company offers a 50% match for employee contributions up to 4% of the employee’s contribution. Employees are eligible after six months of consecutive employment.

Direct Deposit

For convenience, employees may have checks directly deposited in to an account at a bank of choice. This is particularly good for employees who are not able to return to their home terminal on a consistent basis or do not want to go to the bank to deposit their check.

Flexible Hours

Salem’s customer base has different transportation needs, which allows drivers to have flexibility in route selection. This selection can vary from being home each night to over-the-road cross country. Options are as follows:

  • Local route (in/out same day)
  • Set geographic route
  • Regional coverage
  • Cross country
  • Team routes

Competitive Pay (Drivers)

Salem offers a competitive pay package for qualified drivers. As a driver for Salem, employees have the option of being paid mileage or base salary depending on the route operated. Drivers also have the option of increasing pay thru a number of programs and driver tasks. These are as follows:

  • Quarterly safety bonus
  • Driver referral bonus
  • Stop pay
  • Detention pay
  • Drop/hook pay

Salem’s driver compensation package is very competitive in the transportation industry. Salem offers a stable work environment, top quality equipment, coast-to-coast maintenance network, and a supportive management team. This is why drivers stay at Salem for 10 plus years. 

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Teamwork is a very important part of working at Salem. Our “Excellence in Transportation” mission is all about providing top customer service in a safe work environment. We are taught to be professional on and off the road. I’m proud to be a driver for Salem, and appreciate the opportunity to work for a company that values its drivers by providing top notch equipment we can depend on to get the job done. At Salem you are the face of the company and I appreciate the trust I’ve been shown to represent Salem in serving our customers

Jeff Belvins: Driver 19 Years of Service