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Pay confusion - How much will I make as a new driver?

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ChrisEMT's Comment
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I will chime with my 2 cents.... look into what the company your looking at/working for on what they pay their drivers... otr , regional , and dedicated since they may all pay different... as well as what drivers in each average every week/pay period... for example, I work for werner and our otr drivers start at .27/mile, no safety/stop/border crossing pay.... and the pay is similar for regional drivers with drivers averaging 1800-3000+ miles a week.... I am on a dedicated account that pays .37/mile + .02/mile safety pay + $15/stop + $20/day assist unload pay and I average 1800-2000 miles a week.... I average $1000/wk pre-tax...

Some companies pay more, some pay less.... the best thing I can suggest is work hard and prove yourself to your dispatcher/fleet manager/dispatch manager and they will give you miles....

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
ChrisEMT's Comment
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One more thing, last year i grossed $54k for my 2nd full year solo....

Big Scott's Comment
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One more thing, last year i grossed $54k for my 2nd full year solo....

If you have been solo for 2 years you are no longer a rookie driver. Status update time. shocked.pngsmile.gifconfused.gif

Janet M.'s Comment
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I still prefer regional or dedicated though if i can get it

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I would focus on dry van companies then. Flatbed you won't want and refrigerated carriers are predominantly OTR routes that get you home every few weeks or so. Dry van companies tend to have a good variety of dedicated and regional divisions. Some of them you will need some experience to qualify for, but many of the opportunities are available to students straight out of school.

Here is some great information on choosing a company:

Thanks Brett. Right now the 2 schools i'm looking at the hardest are: (1) Swift (2) Prime In that order

Thank you for the dry van recommendation I'll take that advice.thank-you.gif

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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