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Daoust's Comment
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Hi all,

I'm new to this and looking into going to a company that pays for school but also has good pay after... Prime in my opinion seems to be the best so far... I am going to put my application in soon. Any way what is your guys opinion on the pay, the recruiter said it's .445 for reefer , .465 for tanker... is this true?

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

G-Town's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Dominic.

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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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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.

Daoust's Comment
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Thanks G-town, anyone work for them that wants me to put them down as a referral?

G-Town's Comment
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Thanks G-town, anyone work for them that wants me to put them down as a referral?

Many Prime drivers on here...they will eventually chime in with a reply.

J Johns's Comment
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I'm training with Prime now. My team mate & I love it. I can't comment on the accuracy of those figures, however. I'm just preparing to pass my CDL-A tests.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian M.'s Comment
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Welcome Dominic,

As you are aware their are quite of few of us Prime guys in this forum. I hope I speak for most by saying we absolutely believe Prime is one of the best starting center companies to kick off your career with. I think your recruiter was correct in the pay as long as he is including the bare minimum fuel bonus of .005. I haven't heard of any drivers not achieving this bonus on a regular basis. I personally am a lease operator so I am not paid this way but I do have a company co driver and I pay him that amount minimum.

I only recall one week where he recieved the bare minimum bonus. Most weeks he makes around .45 a mile. If you decide Prime is for you I believe you will find the pay and benefits package satisfactory. You will be treated with respect and you will recieve top notch training if you decide to go through the companies training program.

There have been so many great posts here about Prime and what they have to offer a little digging and most of your questions will be answered. If you have any direct questions feel free to post them or PM myself.

Craig T.'s Comment
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Hi Dom,

Through the Prime Student Driving program you'll get $600 a week when you're on the road as long as you're working. Not all trainers give their students a bigger cut than the mandatory 600. Some trainers are in it more for themselves and won't feel the least bit guilty about paying the minimum. If you drive more than 2,000 miles in a week, as a trainee, you get a few cents more per mile for every mile after 2,000 on top of the $600 weekly. Which doesn't amount to much.

I think your recruiter gave you the cpm for how much company team drivers make. They probably said something like "you could make up to" which is not lying but definitely misleading.

Another thing is that team drivers get paid as a team. So they split whatever mileage the truck ran. You wouldn't make .445cpm in that case. The truck would make .445cpm.

I think the lowest rate Prime pays for a solo company driver starting out is .28cpm

Don't quote me on that.

I get paid .375cpm but I drive a lightweight truck and I've got over 50,000 miles now. I can look up the exact rates later for you if no one has them at the top of their head right now.

If something doesn't make sense or I'm being unclear just clarify. I could use some sleep right now.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

Drivers are often paid by the mile and it's given in cents per mile, or cpm.

Ken C.'s Comment
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Hi all,

I'm new to this and looking into going to a company that pays for school but also has good pay after... Prime in my opinion seems to be the best so far... I am going to put my application in soon. Any way what is your guys opinion on the pay, the recruiter said it's .445 for reefer , .465 for tanker... is this true?

Hi Domnic D. It's True those are the Base Rates for Company Drivers in lightweight trucks...You can also make up to 6 cents a mile for fuel savings bonus. Ken C.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daoust's Comment
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Hey ken, that's the figures for a sold driver right? Because the lightweight trucks have only one seat... they told me if I wanted to I could have a new seat put in for a rider

Ken C.'s Comment
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Hey ken, that's the figures for a sold driver right? Because the lightweight trucks have only one seat... they told me if I wanted to I could have a new seat put in for a rider

Yes those are the current figures for a Solo Driver in light weight truck here at Prime....If you asked for a Condo Truck the pay will be about .39 cents a mile.

Ken C.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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