Swift Team Driver Pay

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Phoenix's Comment
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Y'all are making me want to cry. We make .14cpm teaming and our best pay so far was $450 net. More often, we get about $300, if we're lucky. We're newbies, but we've been on our own in the last phase of training for about three weeks. :-(

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Eckoh, that's a really nice weekly check. Hope you keep getting them miles.

Matt, that sounds really good, too. I've tried talking my wife into getting her CDL so we could team, but we've got kids. And someone has to take care of them lol.

Teaming isn't that bad. As long as I make $850/week and up, I'll be satisfied. Again, I'm hoping for a team dedicated route with consistent miles every week, but it may be another five months before that becomes a possibility since we are new hires.

850 clear a week is what I'm getting now that I'm mostly paid back prime for chains load locks etc. Solo

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.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

N/A's Comment
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Well, we finally got on board with a new DM , and a new division. Now we are running coast-to-coast. This week's check has a little over 7,000 miles worth of pay on it, and I'm only going to see a little over $1,000.

I'm not too mad about it since it's about $350 more per week than my lost job, but I'd always like to make more.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Farmerbob1's Comment
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Alright. As promised, I'm sharing the information about team pay. I had questions about team pay a few months ago, and I'm here to tell you all what it's really about at Swift.

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Teams: 25 cpm Solo: 36 cpm

So why team? What are the perks?

Give a solo driver a 2,000 mile trip. It takes the driver approximately 40 hours/4 days to make the delivery. In other words, it takes that driver 4 days to make $720.

Give a team the same load. It takes them approximately 2 days/40 hours to make the delivery. And, once they've made that delivery, they're given another 2,000 mile load. It will take another 2 days/40 hours.

In other words, the team drivers will make $2,000 (each driver will make $1,000) in the same amount of time that it took the solo driver to make $720.

Swift pays their teams by the total miles that were driven rather than basing individual pay on actual miles each team mate has driven. For example, if I drive 500 miles today, and my teammate only drives 300, we will both be paid for 800 miles.

So now you know. Y'all stay safe

Team driving works for some people. Not for others. I am one of the others. While I do enjoy chatting with other people, I prefer to be alone. Living in that 10x10 box with another driver for seven weeks while I was training with Stevens Transport was one of the most frustrating and annoying things I've done in my entire life. I could not and will not ever consider team driving.

And that's not even considering that I have to trust the other driver enough to sleep while they are driving. The Stevens training program does not require that. Even the last couple weeks when the truck can run 19 hours per day, I still never slept when the truck was rolling, except for catnaps in the passenger seat. I can operate just fine on 4 hours sleep per night.

The money looks good, but I hope you don't get paired with a 300 mile a day driver!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Y'all are making me want to cry. We make .14cpm teaming and our best pay so far was $450 net. More often, we get about $300, if we're lucky. We're newbies, but we've been on our own in the last phase of training for about three weeks. :-(

Hang in there, once your commitment is up, with CRE, just put the "word" out, and there will be many great companies looking for teams, busting down your door, to bring you on.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

N/A's Comment
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The money looks good, but I hope you don't get paired with a 300 mile a day driver!

Heavens no! My co-driver does 500-600, same as me, per day. Of course, the mileage per driver really depends upon what your day consists of... pickup, delivery, live load/unload, waiting on a load, looking for a trailer, etc...

N/A's Comment
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We make .14cpm teaming and our best pay so far was $450 net.

That's pretty bad, but there is light at the end of the tunnel! Some companies will buy out your contract, others just pay more (Swift, US Xpress, Interstate), but it all depends on you and what you want to do.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Matt M.'s Comment
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Just in case anyone reads through this thread Prime updated team bonus pay to $0.20/mi split for all miles over 3,000 in a week. Everything else in my earlier post is still correct.

This past week was our first week with the new bonus structure. We ran two coast to coast runs with a 34 hour reset between, for 6,551 miles for the week. Team bonus was $355.10 for each of us, so each of our paychecks was a hair over $2100 before taxes and benefits. If we could pull $4200 every week we would definitely be happy. We'll see how it goes.

I still would not advise teaming unless it was with a spouse, family member, or good friend.

N/A's Comment
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All miles over 3,000? Matt, you'll be getting over 3,000 nearly every week hahaha! Swift needs to adopt this idea... $2100 per driver would be three times our current weekly allowances.

Matt M.'s Comment
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It's a nice bonus. I had been looking at some hazmat team outfits but now that I got a new truck and this pay increase we'll definitely be sticking around.

Keep in mind that $2100 comes down to $1750 after uncle sam gets his cut.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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