Training is based on number of miles driven. Trainees must complete 40,000 miles (combined between student and trainer) of paid training. Generally, this takes about 2 to 3 months and possibly longer depending on how much home time is taken.
Trainees earn a guaranteed weekly salary of $600 per week or 12cpm (combined miles between trainee and instructor), whichever is greater.
Basically, if a truck runs less than 5,000 miles in a given week, the student will be paid the flat $600 guaranteed minimum. Anything over 5,000 miles will be paid at 12cpm. As an example, if a trainee/trainer drive 6,000 mile in a given week, the student would be paid $720.
Initially, trucks are operated as a solo unit. But quickly (within the first few days) trucks will be dispatched as team operations.
No, training trucks are always one student per one trainer on one truck.
Yes, Prime has a very strict policy against anyone sleeping the top bunk while the truck is in motion.
Yes, you may choose either smoking or non-smoking trainers.
Apprentice drivers speak weekly with their assigned fleet manager and discuss their progress and any issues. They may also contact a dispatcher 24/7/365 for any emergency issues. If a new trainer is needed, one will be provided.
While the minimum is 6-months experience, most trainers have a minimum of 1 year of safe driving experience and a proven customer service track record.
The training program at Prime is slightly longer than the industry average, but the pay is also above the norm. This does appear to be a high quality training program and is right on par with what we'd expect from a company of its size.
Once going solo you will make 34cpm. However, many new drivers elect to drive a truck in Prime's "Lightweight Fleet" which consists of smaller trucks. These trucks have cabs and sleeper berth areas that are approximately ½ the size of regular trucks. They also only have 1 bed and do not come equipped with a passenger seat.
Drivers in the lightweight fleet make a 5cpm bonus bringing the starting pay to 39cpm.
Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance is available along with basic life insurance.
Insurance costs vary depending on the type of coverage.
90 days after hire.
You can view more details about company benefits at Prime.
Compared to other companies we've researched, the starting pay at Prime is above average. Generally, refrigerated carriers pay a bit more due to some of the hassles that go along with refrigerated freight, but the pay is even above that of other refrigerated carriers.
The benefits also appear to be about average and competitive when compared to the industry standard.
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