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Kenny S.'s Comment
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I'm getting ready to finish up my TNT and keep debating between going Company or Lease. I've seen the lease portion of the business and what they can make. However I am leaning more towards Company until I get established as a driver. With that being said, how much do Companu drivers take home on average? I know it verify and what not but I'm just trying to get a general idea of what to expect.

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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 14ยข 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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Go company first. You will make mistakes, make them on their dime not yours. I averaged 1k net per week when I was out on the road as a solo company driver in a LW truck. You definitely want to learn the industry first before starting a business here. Mistakes are very expensive.

Craig T.'s Comment
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Hey Kenny, the most I've taken home after taxes is 1600 in a week. That was running as hard as I possibly could and squeezing in a 34 hr reset by using advanced level trucker wizardry.

If you're on point, you'll easily get over 2,000 miles a working week. But you have to be really good at trip planning and figuring out how to use all of your hours wisely if you want to hit over 3,000 a lot.

My paycheck is usually about $1100-1200 a week. Sometimes it's much lower but that's because I took off time to go have fun.

Kenny S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the input guys. I think if I would feel more comfortable knowing if I screw up my wallet isn't hurting.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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You do want to go company first as Daniel mentioned. It is better to mess up on their dime than on yours. And you will make mistakes, guaranteed.

Unless you really mess up, no reason you can't average 2,500 or more most weeks. I don't remember the pay/mile that Prime pays, but you should do just fine.

Ernie

Miss Red's Comment
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Daniel and Craig - Are you guys driving the lightweight trucks in order to make that pay?

Rob S.'s Comment
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Daniel and Craig - Are you guys driving the lightweight trucks in order to make that pay?

I thin it is lightweight ... as per Daniel B. --- " I averaged 1k net per week when I was out on the road as a solo company driver in a LW truck."

Making $1,000 NET a week ain't bad ... and I hope by NET he means what he actually keeps after taxes and all other deductions.

Miss Red's Comment
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Hahaha. Not sure how I missed the LW :D

Ken C.'s Comment
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My Advice is to Start as a Company Driver....Lots of things change quickly when you go Solo and as a Lease Operator you'll Pay the Bills, safer and cheaper to learn while you earn as a Company Driver

Ken C.

Justin G.'s Comment
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Awesome post! any ideas on weekly pay for flatbed company drivers at prime.

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