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Trucking Operations Performance Benchmarking Survey

2016 Key Findings

Key findings from the third annual Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) and McLeod Software (McLeod) trucking industry benchmarking survey reveal current concerns and many opportunities for trucking companies to improve. Small, medium and large carriers shared their thoughts on more than 215 data elements covering the 2015 calendar year.   

Select findings reveal:

  • Revenue per driver is one of the most significant metrics for carrier success. Large carriers averaged the highest at $221,829 per driver. Medium and small carriers averaged $191,759 and $199,011, respectively.

  • More small carriers − 92 percent − had revenue concentrated in their top five origin states, compared to 77 percent of medium carriers and 53 percent of large carriers.

  • Large carriers did a better job of retaining drivers and have improved their turnover year over year. Large carriers had the lowest turnover at 64 percent.

  • Survey respondents reported an average driver age of 50, which highlights an industry issue of an aging driver population.

Questions? Contact Tim

For more information on the benchmarking survey, contact Tim Almack, partner-in-charge of the firm’s Transportation Services Group, at talmack@ksmcpa.com.


About Katz, Sapper & Miller

As one of the top 60 CPA firms in the nation, Katz, Sapper & Miller (KSM) has earned a reputation as a leader in the areas of accounting, tax and consulting services. KSM has provided tax and business consulting services to the trucking industry since its founding in 1942. Through the firm’s experience with 100-plus trucking and logistics clients throughout North America, KSM has become a national service provider to the trucking industry.

About McLeod Software

Since 1985, McLeod Software has provided powerful transportation management and trucking software solutions to the trucking industry. These solutions, developed entirely by the company, are comprehensive and support integration with a broad array of complementary logistics products.

McLeod Software is the leader when it comes to software for trucking dispatch operations management, freight brokerage management, fleet management, document imaging, workflow, EDI, and business process automation solutions for trucking, freight brokerage, third-party logistics, and shipper companies in the United States.

With an established base of more than 800 active customers throughout North America, McLeod Software is dedicated solely to the transportation industry. This focus means the company has a deep understanding of the needs and intricate details involved in carrier, broker, and freight management businesses of all types.

© 2017 KSM Business Services, Inc.

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