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Prime On The Road Training Itinerary

Is the training period based on number of days, number of driving hours, number of miles, or some combination?

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.

How much will I be making when I'm on the road with a trainer?

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.

Do they run your trainer and you as a "team" operations or like a solo truck?

Initially, trucks are operated as a solo unit. But quickly (within the first few days) trucks will be dispatched as team operations.

Prime On The Road Training Itinerary

Is there more than one student per trainer and truck?

No, training trucks are always one student per one trainer on one truck.

Do you have a "No sleeping in the top bunk while the truck is rolling" policy?

Yes, Prime has a very strict policy against anyone sleeping the top bunk while the truck is in motion.

Prime On The Road Training Itinerary

Prime tractor trailers lined up at terminal
Can you get a non-smoking trainer?

Yes, you may choose either smoking or non-smoking trainers.

What is your policy for handling disputes between trainer and student?

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.

What are the company's minimum qualifications to be a trainer?

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.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime's On The Road Training

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.

Prime Company Driver Pay Details

Prime big rig on the interstate
How much will I be making once I'm running solo in my own truck?

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.

Prime Company Driver Pay Reefer Division

  • 0 to 80,000 miles: .34 cpm
  • 80,000 to 120,000 miles: .35 cpm
  • 120,000 to 180,000 miles: .355 cpm
  • 180,000 to 250,000 miles: .36 cpm
  • 250,000 to 320,000 miles: .365 cpm
  • 320,000 to 430,000 miles: .37 cpm
  • 430,000 to 570,000 miles: .375 cpm
  • 570,000 to 720,000 miles: .38 cpm
  • 720,000 to 840,000 miles: .385 cpm
  • 840,000 to 975,000 miles: .39 cpm
  • 975,000 to 1,100,000 miles: .395 cpm
  • 1,100,000 to 1,350,000 miles: .40 cpm
  • 1,350,000 to 1,560,000 miles: .41 cpm
  • 1,560,000 to 1,700,000 miles: .42 cpm

Prime Company Driver Pay Details

Prime refrigerated truck
What other pay and bonuses do you offer?
  • Fuel bonus: .01cpm to .04cpm depending on MPG (must maintain at least 7.0mpg).
  • Lightweight Fleet: If you drive a lightweight truck which are smaller with single bunks and no passenger seat, you will receive an additional .05cpm.
  • Stop Pay: Drivers receive an additional $10 for each stop except for the first and last locations.
  • Layover Pay: Any driver who is available for a load longer than 24hrs will receive $75.
  • Detention Pay: If a driver is held more than 5 hours beyond an appointment time, the driver will receive $15 / hr.
  • Detention Pay: If a driver is held more than 5 hours beyond an appointment time, the driver will receive $15 / hr.

Prime Company Driver Pay Flatbed Division

  • 0 to 80,000 miles: .36cpm
  • 80,000 to 120,000 miles: .37 cpm
  • 120,000 to 180,000 miles: .38 cpm
  • 180,000 to 250,000 miles: .39 cpm
  • 250,000 to 310,000 miles: .40 cpm
  • 310,000 to 430,000 miles: .41 cpm
  • 430,000 to 600,000 miles: .41.5 cpm
  • 600,000 to 720,000 miles: .42 cpm
  • 720,000 to 840,000 miles: .425 cpm
  • 840,000+: .43cpm

Prime Company Driver Benefits

Prime Inc tractor trailer
What health insurance and benefits do you have?

Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance is available along with basic life insurance.

What is the average cost of benefits?

Insurance costs vary depending on the type of coverage.

How long until you qualify for benefits?

90 days after hire.

Prime Company Driver Vacation Time

Vacation time is based upon the number of miles driven after training.
  • 125,000 miles = $500 (one week)
  • 250,000 miles = $500 (one week)
  • 375,000 miles = $500 (one week)
  • 500,000 miles = $500 (one week)
  • 625,000 miles = $500 (one week)
  • 750,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)
  • 875,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)
  • 1,000,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)
  • 1,125,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)
  • 1,250,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)
  • 1,375,000 miles = $1,100 (two weeks)

You can view more details about company benefits at Prime.

TruckingTruth's View On Prime Pay And Benefits

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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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