Profile For Ricky C.

Ricky C.'s Info

  • Location:
    Portland, OR

  • Driving Status:
    Considering A Career

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  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

Ricky C.'s Bio

I currently work for a fiberglass fabricating company. It is a small company and I wear many hats: CAD designer, project manager, trainer, job bids, etc. In the past I spent a couple of years out on the road repairing wind turbines, and I miss the adventure that went along with that. They don't let me go out anymore because I'm needed at the plant. My gig isn't horrible, but I feel like there is nowhere to go from here. The pay is ok, but Portland is so expensive now I can't even afford to buy a decent house. My company is pretty dysfunctional and I worry about how much longer they will be in business. I feel like trucking would give me a more stable future, and the ability to earn more money. I also like the flexibility to be able to move anywhere in the country and still find good work. I had a Class A CDL 20 years ago when I worked for a landscape nursery hauling trees and heavy equipment. I liked driving, and I think it would be a blast to travel the country for a living. For now, I'm studying up for the learners permit and reading everything I can on this awesome forum. I will be looking into a school in the very near future.

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Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Am I crazy to quit $58k per year job to become a trucker?

Thank you everyone for the replies and advice. I’m seeing first year pay ranging from $45k up to $90k. I still want to be a trucker even if I end up being on the low end of the range at first. For now I will be studying for the learners permit and reading all the good stuff on this site. When I get ready to pick a company/school I will check back in for more advice.

Posted:  3 years, 4 months ago

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Am I crazy to quit $58k per year job to become a trucker?

I’m 51 and have a decent 5 day work week making $26 per hour. It’s mostly a desk job with some on the floor supervising. I’m getting fed up with the stress and politics. If this company went out of business I don’t think I could easily get the same job for the same pay. I am seriously considering getting into the trucking industry. I’m single and my kid is grown, nothing to tie me down. I’m ok with not being home most of the time. I feel like trucking would give me better job security and the flexibility to move anywhere in the country. Hopefully I could also make a lot more money eventually. How much of a pay cut would I be taking at first? Could I eventually earn $80k or more per year?

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