Rookie Pay Example This Week

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Saw some posts asking about rookie pay. Here is my real life example. Hope it helps.

Cleared $871 this week (Customer did not unload me in time on Tues or would have had another 700 miles)

Company driver with Prime 39.5 cpm full size 2015 Cascadia Went solo feb 14th 2016

Miles 2839 Fuel bonus: $81

Deductions: $45 per week for what I owe Prime (balance $200)

Health, life, vision, disability insurance: $83 (drops $50 per week with 1 year employment)

If I pay off my debt and stay one year... I could have CLEARED close to $1000.

Not bad for a rookie. ;)

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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D*mn Girl!

When I first came in here Prime wasn't even on my radar. But I've now put them at the top with some others because of you and the other Prime folks in here.

Got my DOT physical this week, permit this morning, and drug test next Friday morning in Jacksonville. Then school starts that Monday. Feels good to make some actual progress even tho I'm only standing in the shallow end with my pant legs rolled up. I'm starting to really chomp at the bit to get going.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Do what u have to do. Now considered this.. I have a full size.. the lightweights are 44.5 cpm instead of 39.5 cpm.

Figure at 120k miles per year.. it is close to $6000 more a year..... but I'm spoiled and need the room hahah.

Also.. as I stated in another thread .. I gave up.my apartment which is saving me $1600 per month or so.

That $ doesn't include our safety and on time delivery bonuses. We those I bought a pair of Nike and got a hit stone massage at our terminals day spa ;)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Cause of the holiday our pay cutoff is Wed instead of tues which gives us an extra day this week to add money.

Including my delivery for tomorrow which is Saturday I will have 2000 mikes plus will still have sat night sun mon tues to drive. So another good week ;)

It can be done. Read the posts here and learn the trip planning. Team training does not teach you that.

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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Rainy D. you made me think of something.

How do Holidays affect trucker's schedule? I assume a lot of shippers/receivers are closed, and are DM's off those days? Do you just have to plan around those days and/or kinda sit around waiting for things to open back up, or is it pretty much business as usual?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
C T.'s Comment
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Cleared 1k this week myself. Unfortunately uncle Sam and health insurance got their cut lol

G-Town's Comment
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This is a really good thread, however not necessarily a resounding endorsement for our employers (or future employers in many cases). With few exceptions we are all enabled to earn a good living driving for our employers. This thread is more like a testimonial of compensation potential for rookie drivers who work hard, pay attention, learn from their mistakes, learn the rules of the game, and strive for excellence. Pay averages are just that, average. If you perform above average, your pay will reflect that.

Great job!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Rainy D. you made me think of something.

How do Holidays affect trucker's schedule? I assume a lot of shippers/receivers are closed, and are DM's off those days? Do you just have to plan around those days and/or kinda sit around waiting for things to open back up, or is it pretty much business as usual?

I delivered on columbus day and memorial day. Tomorrow's my bday abd I forgot all about it and the holiday... of no one told me I wouldn't know hahhah.

My FM seems to rotate weekends and holidays... he was there Easter. I delivered the day before easter rolled into prime got the teuck fixed and was out the next morning. So honestly it hasn't affected me.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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CT. Do not confuse Gross pay with Net pay. "Cleared" refers to net, or take home pay. Not trying to be nitpicky, just trying to clarify.

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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This is a really good thread, however not necessarily a resounding endorsement for our employers (or future employers in many cases). With few exceptions we are all enabled to earn a good living driving for our employers. This thread is more like a testimonial of compensation potential for rookie drivers who work hard, pay attention, learn from their mistakes, learn the rules of the game, and strive for excellence. Pay averages are just that, average. If you perform above average, your pay will reflect that.

Great job!

True... my only experience is with prime. But it seems the number one question potential drivers have is "is it worth the training and OTR". Just figured I would give an example. Last week I cleared $775 but that had money I owe prime taken out as well.

It took me couple months of proving myself... but the least I made in 6 weeks is $550. Clear and that was with money being taken to pay prime. I owe less and less each week so I'm getting more and more pay.

Work hard ... earn more. ;)

OTR:

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.

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