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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 period is based on a combination. The Prime Student Driver (PSD) Program consists of the following:

  • Obtain CDL Permit/4 Days:

    • 4-day orientation in Springfield, MO or Salt Lake City, UT.
    • Study and test for permit.
  • On-the-Road Instruction/10,000 Miles:

    • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
    • Get behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio, Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.
    • During this time, you will not be paid by Prime. You will be able to take an advance of up to $200 per week. This money is intended for meals only (not to send home to pay bills). Once you are hired, Prime will deduct $25 per week until you have paid back the borrowed amount.
  • Pass Final CDL Skills Test/30,000 miles:

    • Pass final state CDL exam.
    • Obtain CDL with HazMat endorsement.
    • After obtaining your CDL, you will complete a minimum of 30,000 miles with a Prime Trainer to become a professional commercial vehicle operator. During this time, you will be paid $700 guaranteed weekly ($0.14 cpm). You must be available for dispatch to receive this amount.

Prime On The Road Training Itinerary

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

Once you obtain your CDL in the Prime training program, you will earn $700 per week guaranteed as long as you are available to drive during training.

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

During the first phase of training with your permit, the truck is run like a solo truck, and the CDL Instructor must be in the passenger seat awake and alert any time that the trainee is driving. Once you obtain the CDL, the second phase of training is team driving.

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

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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?

Trainers for Prime must have at least 9 months professional driving experience including winter driving experience, at least 60 days at Prime as a Lead Seat Driver, no DOT reportable accidents in last 12 months, and meet additional safety and service qualifications.

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?

Solo drivers for Prime start at the following rates:

  • Refrigerated: $.41 cents per mile, with addititional 5 cpm in lightweight tractors (solo only), and 5 cpm for northeast regional division.
  • Flatbed: $.43 cents per mile.
  • Tanker: $.48 cents per mile.

Prime Company Driver Pay Reefer Division

  • 0 to 80,000 miles: .41 cpm
  • 80,000 to 120,000 miles: .41 cpm
  • 120,000 to 180,000 miles: .42 cpm
  • 180,000 to 250,000 miles: .425 cpm
  • 250,000 to 310,000 miles: .43 cpm
  • 310,000 to 430,000 miles: .435 cpm
  • 430,000 to 570,000 miles: .44 cpm
  • 570,000 to 720,000 miles: .445 cpm
  • 720,000 to 840,000 miles: .45 cpm
  • 840,000 to 975,000 miles: .455 cpm
  • 975,000 to 1,100,000 miles: .46 cpm
  • 1,100,000 to 1,350,000 miles: .465 cpm
  • 1,350,000 to 1,560,000 miles: .47 cpm
  • 1,560,000 to 1,700,000 miles: .48 cpm
  • 1,700,000+ miles: .49 cpm

Prime Company Driver Pay Details

Prime refrigerated truck
What other pay and bonuses do you offer?
  • Fuel bonus: Earn an additional 1.7 to 8.2 cpm for reaching fuel mileage goals over 7.75 mpg.
  • Lightweight Fleet: If you drive a lightweight truck which are smaller with single bunks and no passenger seat, you will receive an additional .05cpm.
  • Detention, layover, and stop pay.
  • Team Incentive Pay: Team drivers earn 20 cpm bonus on any miles 3,000 and over in a week, split 50/50 (10 cpm to each) for 2 A Seats.
  • Driver Referral Program: Earn extra money by referring new people to Prime.
  • Training Program: Become a Prime Trainer to earn more money by helping others develop the skills needed to be a professional truck driver.
  • Safety & Service Incentive, earn extra for meeting safety and service goals:
    • A Seat Solo Company Drivers: 2 cpm extra for condo drivers between 2,400 and 2,900 miles, 2,100 and 2,600 for lightweight drivers.
    • Team Company Drivers: 1 cpm extra for all miles over 4,000 for the week.

Prime Company Driver Pay Flatbed Division

  • 0 to 80,000 miles: .43cpm
  • 80,000 to 120,000 miles: .43 cpm
  • 120,000 to 180,000 miles: .44 cpm
  • 180,000 to 250,000 miles: .45 cpm
  • 250,000 to 310,000 miles: .46 cpm
  • 310,000 to 430,000 miles: .47 cpm
  • 430,000 to 600,000 miles: .48 cpm
  • 600,000 to 720,000 miles: .485 cpm
  • 720,000 to 840,000 miles: .49 cpm
  • 840,000 to 975,000 miles: .495 cpm
  • 975,000+ miles: .50 cpm

Prime Company Driver Pay Tanker Division

  • 0 to 78,000 miles: .48cpm
  • 78,000 to 156,000 miles: .49 cpm
  • 156,000 to 234,000 miles: .50 cpm
  • 234,000+ miles: .51 cpm

Prime Company Driver Benefits

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

Prime offers health, life, dental, and vision insurance plans to all company drivers along with vacation pay and a 401k plan with company match.

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.
  • At 125,000 miles = $700 (one week)
  • At 375,000 miles = $1,400 (two weeks)
  • At 625,000 miles = $2,100 (three weeks)
  • At 1,125,000 miles = $2,800 (4 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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