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About NTI

NTI’s Mission

The National Transportation Institute’s core mission is to build opportunities for fleets to grow by attracting the right personnel and expanding in their marketplace with a workforce that’s appropriately compensated, engaged, and retained.

What We Do

NTI’s proprietary research is considered the gold standard for driver wage and compensation data. Leveraging real-time survey data covering 180 unique attributes of compensation packages across segments, applications, trailer types, and fleet sizes, NTI provides verified, accurate, and actionable benchmarking studies for motor carriers to gain an authoritative knowledge of what’s happening in the marketplace and to feed critical operational decisions. In addition to data and benchmarking for company driver compensation, NTI’s proprietary research also provides data on technician and owner-operator pay, as well as custom reporting for city-centric hiring and private fleet compensation.  

Leveraging our team’s experience and deep understanding of trucking and motor carrier operations, we also provide targeted consultation with motor carriers about how to engage their workforce from pre-hire to retirement and give their organization the tools they need to create an environment that enables growth and fosters foundational relationships with their staff. 

Our Background

The National Transportation Institute was founded in 1995 with the goal of providing accurate and authoritative benchmarks to companies where professional truck drivers are vital. We started our company in Hudson, Wisconsin, under the name SignPost, Inc. As the demand for our services grew, we became The National Transportation Institute, capturing the company’s focus on market data, research, and analysis, and our partnership-based approach to helping fleets understand compensation trends and make critical operational decisions.

NTI’s work is underpinned by a team with decades of real-world experience in trucking, driver recruiting, human resources, data analysis, and industry reporting.

In addition to NTI’s well of resources — such as our newsletters and weekly blog posts — our team is regularly quoted in prominent industry trade publications and in national news and business journals like USA Today, Forbes, Businessweek, and The Wall Street Journal. We are also a fixture in university transportation and logistics libraries, including Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, and the University of Arkansas, just to name a few.

NTI’s proprietary research is used by insurers, consultants, economists, motor carriers, shippers, and nearly every equity analyst who follows transportation sector markets. Our core focus, though, remains in the transportation sector, where executives at for-hire and private motor carriers use our research and reporting to understand the direction and velocity of Class A CDL market wages and evolving pay strategies.

Our Roster of Satisfied Clients

Our client base, a Who’s Who of prominent fleets and shippers, includes firms like Werner Enterprises, Covenant Transport, U.S. Xpress, J.B. Hunt, Marten Transport, Barr-Nunn Transportation, Heartland Express, CFI, Ruan Transportation, Ford, Walmart, Ryder, Ace Hardware, and DHL.

Our Products

The National Transportation Institute’s core products include The National Survey of Driver Wages, The National Driver Wage Index, The National City-Centric Driver Pay Survey, The National Private Fleet Survey, and The National Fleet Benefit Report.

Now in our 27th year of original proprietary research, NTI benchmark reports have long been considered the gold standard of statistical research relevant to heavy-duty truck driver compensation.

Our comprehensive documents utilize over 180 unique attributes to measure and concisely explain a wide variety of driver compensation, accessorial pay, bonuses, benefits and corporate policies from private fleets, public and privately held carriers. We cover everything from pay per-mile and hour to 401(k) plans, rider policies, and driver down time.

As a key resource to the trucking industry, our in-house research analysts and fleet executives collaborate to design, develop and deliver driver pay studies that transportation executives can have at their fingertips to support critical corporate decision making.

Our Leadership Team

The National Transportation Institute’s Executive Committee is comprised of individuals with profound experience in the transportation industry specializing in Information technology, sales, marketing, operations, human resources, and recruiting and Retention. Our combined skills and expertise have previously contributed to executive boards at organizations like yours in the truckload market.

Along with this dynamic leadership team, The National Transportation Institute’s gold standard of research and reporting amplifies your authority within the industry and among your competition.


Leah Shaver

President & Chief Executive Officer

As President and CEO of NTI, Leah leads the company’s engagement with motor carriers and private fleets to utilize wage and compensation data as critical benchmarking tools to drive recruiting and retention goals. In her 22-year career in trucking, Leah has specialized in developing and implementing programs to attract and retain an engaged, satisfied, and appropriately compensated workforce of professional drivers and technicians. Leah regularly communicates with the industry via live speaking engagements and through webinars and media appearances. As a host on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Trucking Radio, Leah is also an active participant in the driver community. She served three terms on the Board of Directors of the Women In Trucking Association and currently serves on the Next Generation in Trucking Association. Prior to joining NTI  in 2015, Leah spent 14 years with a Midwest based multi-platform truckload carrier, where she led HR and driver recruiting departments.

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Mark Shaver

Chief Operating Officer

Mark leads oversight of NTI’s flagship programs — the National Private Fleet Survey, National Survey of Driver Wages, the National Driver Wage Index, and National City-Centric Driver Pay data. He also leads development, implementation, and strategic architectural framework for all research and economic studies.  He functions with both NTI in-house research analysts and fleet executives to design, develop, and deliver actionable driver pay studies and support critical corporate decision making. Prior to joining NTI, Mark spent 20 years in operations and sales with companies that operated TL and LTL fleets nationwide. Having coined phrases such as “fill the bucket” to increase customer volume and “load them where they land” to increase loaded miles and to reduce deadhead, Mark is described by colleagues as someone whose expertise for transportation and logistics augments a culture that inspires creative and strategic freedom, profitability, employee growth, public safety, management of expenses and job satisfaction.

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James Jaillet

VP, Marketing

James leads NTI’s client communications and outreach, leveraging NTI’s data and relationships with motor carriers and private fleets to understand what’s happening in the freight markets, the driver market, the economy, and trucking industry trends to communicate best practices and policies for creating effective recruiting and retention programs. Prior to joining NTI, James spent 12 years working in trucking and logistics media, where he talked daily with carriers, owner-operators, drivers, shippers, brokers, analysts, industry associations, and other stakeholders about business, regulations, equipment, lifestyle topics, and carrier-driver relationships.

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What Our Clients Say

American Central Transport

American Central Transport has been a long-time subscriber to NTI’s Wage Surveys. We have used this information as a tool in helping us design driver pay strategies through the years. More importantly we have found insights shared by Leah Shaver to be invaluable. Leah understands drivers and the trucking industry. She brings a fresh approach to our industry and has been a great partner in solving problems. Our conversations are thought provoking that challenge us to make sure our fleet has best in class fleet strategies. We value our partnership with NTI.

Marten Transportation

“Being acknowledged as a Certified Top Pay Carrier in NTI’s coveted program has been a tremendous benefit in our driver recruiting and retention strategy. We have a reputation for being the leader in driver satisfaction and as part of this elite group offering the best to drivers in financial stability, compensation and health and retirement benefits. We market to potential and current drivers so that they are able to recognize our Top Pay Carrier status as well.”

Barr-Nunn Transportation

“We have relied on the National Transportation Institute for more than 15 years as our go-to source on driver pay and benefits data. The National Survey of Driver Wages allows us to make accurate and informed decisions about where our driver pay, benefits, bonuses and accessorials rank compared to other carriers. We know what we have to do to continue to hire the best drivers that meet our tough standards.”

J.B. Hunt Transport

“From students to experienced drivers, The National Transportation Institute reports the most timely, complete and insightful information on driver compensation available.”

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