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October 7, 2020

Use Per Diem To Raise Trucker Pay To Attract New Drivers

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Raise Trucker Pay To Attract New Drivers

A company-sponsored substantiated per diem plan can raise trucker pay to attract new drivers.

Our cloud-based FLEETS mobile app platform with flexible Service Plan Options enables motor carriers to easily implement an IRS-compliant fleet per diem plan that will:

  • Enhance recruiting and retention
  • Raise driver pay by 10% or more
  • Save a fleet several thousand dollars per driver
  • Eliminate the need to retain ELD backups for 3 years

"I still think to get new people into the industry, given the 150K-200K driver deficit and robust demand in 2021, pay is going to have to go up a lot more than 20%."

U.S Express CEO Eric Fuller told Yahoo Finance (9/30/20)

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

Adding a substantiated per diem program for employee drivers is a sure-fire way raise driver take-home pay by 10% or more while saving the motor carrier money. Consider the following:

  • The typical over-the-road (OTR) driver averages 127,000 miles annually and is away from home 295 nights a year
  • A driver would receive $19,470 of tax-free per diem at $66/day[1]
  • Unlike a cent-per-mile plan it can be earned during HOS-mandated 34-hour restarts and unforeseen delays
  • The average driver will save thousands of dollars in income and payroll taxes, equivalent to several cents per mile

Example - Driver Savings

Per Diem vs. No Per Diem - Single Driver Analysis

A single driver from South Carolina could save $6,046 in taxes equal to an extra 5.2 cents-per-mile. Learn how state tax rates impact per diem in our post State Income Tax Considerations of Driver Per Diem

Example - Fleet Savings

Fleet Savings of Per Diem

A fleet with 75 drivers and could raise driver pay by 10% or more and still save $206,250. Do not believe the savings are achievable? Read our Case Study. The motor carrier saved $3,000 per driver within the first year of implementing Per Diem Plus Fleets. In addition, they received a $125,000 workers compensation premium refund.

Our cloud-based AHRSMobile app platform enables fleets to easily implement an IRS-compliant fleet per diem plan that will raise driver take-home pay by 10% or more while also saving the motor carrier money.


About AHRSMobile

AHRSMobile FLEETS platform, powered by Per Diem Plus, was designed, developed and is managed in the USA and is the only IRS-compliant mobile app platform that provides automatic trucker per diem and expense tracking for motor carriers.

For more information contact us info@ahrsmobile.com or visit ahrsmobile.com/for-fleets

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