Newbie Looking To Go To Prime

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Alex A.'s Comment
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Hello everyone I've been doing a lot of research on cdl training companies and I have decided on prime as my best option but I have a question anybody who works for prime please chime in. My question is regarding pay at prime is it realistic to take home about $700 after taxes from my research I would say yes but would like some input from people currently driving for them.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
NeeklODN's Comment
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Hello everyone I've been doing a lot of research on cdl training companies and I have decided on prime as my best option but I have a question anybody who works for prime please chime in. My question is regarding pay at prime is it realistic to take home about $700 after taxes from my research I would say yes but would like some input from people currently driving for them.

The biggest thing people on here will tell you is that you get out what you put in. It's all about how efficient you are and your ambition to do more. There's no way someone on here can tell you what you're going to make. It's completely up to you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Turtle's Comment
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Hi Alex, welcome to the forum. NeekIODN is right in that your success and earnings will be largely dependant on you. Your wheels gotta turn to earn.

That being said, yes it's completely possible and somewhat easy to make that much after taxes. As a Prime flatbedder still in my first year, my average takehome after taxes, insurance, and even equipment payback is over a grand.

You put in the effort, you'll reap the rewards.

Big Scott's Comment
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You should be able to do that anywhere. However, everyone's take home is different. Taxes differ by state. Here's a link to Rainy D's post on her first year pay at Prime. Prime is a great company with many perks and great training. How much you make will be in your hands. As you learn to manage your clock, improve your backing, and build your drive stamina, your miles will increase. How much time you take off will also affect your pay. I hope this helps you.

Negan's Comment
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Hello,

I'm in training now and 700$ is what you get during your TNT (In the truck training). Well you get that or .14 a mile, plus bonus for good MPG. The 700 is guaranteed during the training. I made 970$ recently because the .14 a mile came out more than the 700. Now if you really want to make good money, start training others when you can. I saw my trainers check last week and damn. If he makes that every week it would be 6 digits a year.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hello,

I'm in training now and 700$ is what you get during your TNT (In the truck training). Well you get that or .14 a mile, plus bonus for good MPG. The 700 is guaranteed during the training. I made 970$ recently because the .14 a mile came out more than the 700. Now if you really want to make good money, start training others when you can. I saw my trainers check last week and damn. If he makes that every week it would be 6 digits a year.

welcome to prime ;)

dont let other peoples checks impress you. they usually show you the biggest checks and not the small ones. As a trainer I had some weeks that doubled my solo pay and others that were less than what i could have done solo. it depends on what of the week the load delivers and if it makes pay cutoff. so average out the weeks and get the real number.

also, lease ops tend to flaunt their checks but fail to.mention that is before taxes, personal insurances, professional fees such as accountants...and a ton of other expenses. they also fail to mention how often they are in the hole, which never happens to a company driver...not even on home time. at least not if you are any good. lol

ask any questions you like. there are plenty of us primates here ;)

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Old School's Comment
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I saw my trainers check last week and damn. If he makes that every week it would be 6 digits a year.

You happened to see it, or did they purposely show it to you?

I'd almost be willing to bet your trainer is leasing a truck - those guys are renowned for waving their revenues around as if that was their gross pay.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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Well...as a company driver i will state that I had quite a few $3000+ weekly checks training. The top trainer at Prime (3 years out of 10) made well over six figures....without the lease expense. It can be done.

But it is sooooo much more important to learn how to drive safely and manage time than worry about revenue from two years down the road.

be safe, concentrate on the now and how....and the money will come lol

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