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Heartland Express

901 N. Kansas Ave
North Liberty, IA 52317

Hiring Area

ColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of Columbia
MontanaNebraskaNevadaNew Hampshire
New JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth Carolina
North DakotaOhioOklahomaOregon
PennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth Dakota
VirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsin

Type Of Employment Offered

Company Driver
Owner Operator

Type Of Trailers Pulled


Company Driver Requirements

Drivers must have the following CDL class(es) Class A
Drivers must have the following CDL endorsements  
Driver's minimum age required to work 22 years old
Driver's minimum amount of experience required to work 9 month(s) of experience
Do you hire Teams? Yes

General Information

Estimated Miles Per Week:
2200 - 2500
Estimated Home Time:
Lease Purchase Available:  
Paid Weekly:
Layover Pay
Pickup/Drop Pay
Per Diem No
Fuel Surcharge:


Medical/Health Insurance:
Vision Insurance:
Dental Insurance:
Life Insurance:
Cargo/Collision/Liability Insurance:



Heartland Express would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for inquiring about our company and our team of dedicated professional drivers.

Heartland is an industry leader with the newest, most well-maintained trucks on the road. Our 53’ Dry Van trailers are also new and in top condition. Here are some strong facts to consider when thinking of Heartland:

* Solid Company* Top Miles* New Equipment - Drivers are guaranteed placement in a 2010 truck or newer
* 30+ Years of Growth* Industry’s Top Pay Rate* All Conventionals
* Debt Free Company* Great Hometime* Dry Van Freight
* Respect You Deserve* Safety Bonus* Fleet Management

Russell A. Gerdin founded Heartland in 1978 with four people in the office and 16 trucks. It became a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ Market in November of 1986, and ended that year posting gross revenues of $21.6 million.

Today, through hard work and dedication, Heartland Express celebrates continued success over the last 30+ years with approximately 3,000 persons employed or contracted by Heartland nationwide and has grown to over $500 million in gross revenues, all the while, maintaining a debt-free status.

In addition to the long-haul freight services that Heartland provides to its customers from the corporate offices in North Liberty, IA, we also operate 10 Regional Operation Centers for customers in and around North Liberty, IA; Atlanta, GA; Carlisle, PA; Columbus, OH; Kingsport, TN; Olive Branch, MS; Phoenix, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; Chester, VA, and Dallas, TX. These short-haul operations concentrate on freight movements generally within a 500-mile radius of the regional terminal, and are designed to meet the standards of both the customer and Heartland Express drivers.

At Heartland the belief is “Customer is King and the Driver is Key”. This mentality is instilled into every individual in the company. We realize that our future depends on the hard work and dedication of not only today’s people, but also tomorrow’s. Continuous training is utilized as a tool to ensure that Heartland Express remains ahead of the competition in every facet of the industry, as well as recognizing the leaders of tomorrow - today.

Heartland is currently looking for Owner Operators, Company Drivers, and Teams to meet the demands of a growing fleet. We place the professional driver at the top of our priority list and treat you with the respect and courtesy that is both earned and deserved.

Feel free to check out our web site at www.heartlandexpress.com. Our recruiting office is open Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 12pm. We’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have and to take your application over the phone. Our toll free number is 1-800-441-4953. We look forward to hearing from you and having you as part of our team.

Minimum requirements for hire

  1. Minimum age: 23
  2. License requires: Class A
  3. Endorsements: HAZMAT (not required but preferred)
  4. Minimum Years Experience: 1 year
  5. Moving violations last 3 years: 3 or less
  6. Accidents last 3 years: 3 or less
  7. DUI conviction: Yes, if over 5 years ago.
  8. Suspended license: Upon review

Occupations currently hiring in:

  1. Owner/Operators
  2. Company Drivers
  3. Teams
  4. Refresher training (past OTR experience but not recent)
  5. Guaranteed Salary pay drivers – depending on location
  6. Dedicated Lanes

Terminal locations:

  • North Liberty, IA
  • Columbus, OH
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Chester, VA
  • Kingsport, TN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • O'Fallon, MO
  • Olive Branch, MS
  • Dallas, TX

Profile information:

  1. Positions available – OTR, regional, team (all 48 states)
  2. Trailers pulled – all 53 foot dry vans
  3. Expected mileage – 2200 – 3000 depending on the division – 4500 – 5500 for teams
  4. Expected home time – weekly to every other weekend depending on division
  5. Weekly pay – direct deposit (optional)
  6. Layover pay – varies by situation
  7. Pickup and drops paid after 1
  8. Tolls/scales – all authorized are paid
  9. Toll card/EZ pass – given depending on division
  10. 95% no touch freight
  11. 85% drop and hook freight
  12. 70% preplanned freight
  13. Rider policy is available

Pay scales

HAZMAT – Heartland announced that they will be paying an additional penny per mile for those drivers who hold the HAZMAT endorsement. They are not requiring drivers to have it but encourage their drivers to get it to have a chance to earn additional pay of up to $6,500 over the 5 year timeframe the endorsement usually lasts.


OTR pay drivers1 yr2 yrs3 yrs4 yrs5 yrs6 yrs7+ yrs
Penny less per mile for those drivers who do NOT hold the HAZMAT endorsement

Company Drivers - regional with HAZMAT endorsement (including safety bonus – 1 cent)
Regional pay drivers1 yr2 yrs3 yrs4 yrs5 yrs6 yrs7+ yrs
Penny less per mile for those drivers who do NOT hold the HAZMAT endorsement

Teams - $.47 per mile split (including HAZMAT endorsement and safety bonus) - $.51 split for GREEN MILE$
  • Salary positions
    • Guaranteed $1,000 per week in some New England areas
    • Guaranteed $825.00 per week in the Atlanta, GA and Columbus, OH areas.

Company Driver Benefits information:

  1. Additional pay for holding HAZMAT endorsement
  2. Safety bonus of a penny per mile
  3. Unprecedented GREEN MILE$ program
  4. Paid vacation
  5. Health Insurance: United Healthcare
  6. Dental insurance: United Healthcare
  7. Life insurance: $10,000 free (additional available for driver AND family)
  8. Retirement: 401k with company match
  9. Assigned Fleet Manager
Owner Operator pay- including $.01 Hazmat and $.01 safety bonus.

Owner OperatorsCurrent
Penny less per mile for those drivers who do NOT hold the HAZMAT endorsement

Benefits information:

  1. fuel stabilization paid on all dispatch miles
  2. no fuel tax deductions – they can fuel where ever they want
  3. fuel rebate program at national truck stop chain
  4. no cost base plates
  5. no cost cargo liability
  6. no cost permits
  7. national tire discount program

GREEN MILE$ program

All mile driven in the green zone - east and north of I-81 from Maryland north - will be paid an additional 4 cents. Top pay in this area will be $.54 per mile for company drivers and $.95 PLUS fuel stabilization for owner operators.

Driving position descriptions

System OTR positions

This position is dispatched out of North Liberty, IA. These drivers will earn an industry leading pay rate of up to $.50 per mile. These drivers enjoy solid weekly miles and home time every 10 - 14 days.

Regional positions

Our regional drivers get to have the “best of both worlds”! They get to enjoy some of the best home time in the industry and do not have to sacrifice pay. Our pay scale is higher than most company’s long haul pay rates. Regional drivers will make as much as $.45 per mile!

Team positions

Our teams will run all 48 states and enjoy any one of three options for home time and miles. 1.) Teams can be out for 2 weeks and be home for 2 days. 2.) Teams can be out for 3 weeks and be home for 3 to 4 days. 3.) Teams can choose to be out for 4 weeks at a time and get home for 5 days. The average weekly miles increase the longer a team is willing to be out.

Salaried positions

Heartland offers some GUARANTEED salary positions in some areas of New England, in the Atlanta, GA area, and in the Columbus, OH area. These drivers will earn a GUARANTEED salary each week. In some areas of New England the GUARANTEED salary is $1,000 or more (if mileage pay is more the driver will earn the mileage pay for that week). The other areas will earn a GUARANTEED $825 or more per week. Home time for these positions is weekly.

Refresher position

Heartland offers a refresher training position for drivers who have been off the road for a while. If a driver has past OTR driving experience and they have been off the road recently we can offer them a chance to earn the full pay scale based on ALL of their past OTR experience.

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