What Is CWT?

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Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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There was some literature set out by a local moving company looking for new hires and for their OTR drivers they pay "$0.40/mile plus $1.75 CWT". I did a Google search as well as both a general search and a glossary search on here. Any ideas? I'm guessing this is something good, and additional income opportunities is always something I'm interested in learning more about.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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It's hundredweight. They'll pay the cpm , plus an additional 1.75 for every 100# moved.


Cents Per Mile

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

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Uhhh....wow. That's a lot of extra money, if the trailer is full. Since it's a moving company I'm pretty sure I'll be required to do some loading/unloading, which isn't something I was looking forward to. But I might have to give them a call to see what exactly is required. It sounds like a good opportunity for extra money.

Tractor Man's Comment
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It's my understanding that most "Bedbuggers" are also furniture loaders/unloaders as well. Bust a$$ work, angry homeowners etc. But I also understand it can pay pretty well. I believe a lot of the Major Moving Companies use mainly O/O's. I have done some looking into it and at my age, 56, it sounds too much like work!


Tractor Man's Comment
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Just googled the weight of belongings for the "average household. 10-12 thousand pounds. That would be around $175.00- $200 in CWT pay. Not sure if that is all yours or split amongst 2 or 3 people. I'm sure someone on this forum has bedbugged, and would have the details

Joe W. ( aka hharleywood)'s Comment
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As a moving co. Driver you are required to load/ unload truck. Disassemble/ assemble furniture. Such as beds dressers etc. You will empty the house, then deliver to the new how and put the furniture where the home owners want it placed. If anything gets broke is on the driver. Some o/o's make over 200k a year-long this but it is bust a$$ work for the money. You also pay your helpers cash out of your pocket. The helpers can be written off at the end of the year.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Also keep in mind that not all driving involving moving companies includes loading and unloading. Many of their drivers are transfer drivers who deliver the trailer from one city to the next and never touch the load. I actually looked into that when I first started but the miles weren't enough to pull a good paycheck.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Take it from someone who unloaded roughly 100 trailers in the last year, summertime is BRUTAL..

I deliver to retail and don't have to put up with the general public. Another plus for slinging sticks.....

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