Rookie Pay Example This Week

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6 string rhythm'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.


I always feel the need to bring attention to this too. I don't know why a lot of people don't understand that to 'clear' or 'take home' refers to net pay, i.e. what you get to put in your pocket after all deductions like taxes, health care, 401k etc...

In context of earning potential, it's important to get terminology correct so as not to unintentionally mislead people.

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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. ;)

Rainy, it's definitely a great example.

You enthusiastically endorse your employer, cause you believe in them, they have done right by you and you want others to hear it. At the heart and soul of what TT stands for and what the industry as a whole can offer the right person. It's cause and effect. I believe you would kick a** no matter who's truck you were driving. Same goes for many of the successful rookies on here. If I was ever to start my own trucking company (after OS tries to talk me out of it),...the drivers that make up this forum would be my first choices. Your point about training and the commitment is spot-on and provides solid information supporting company sponsored training. Totally agree, and if I had it to do over my path would not change.


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.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

FloridaBuckeye's Comment
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Work hard ... earn more. ;)

What a concept, right!

Phoenix's Comment
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Husband had a family reunion last weekend, and Laredo seems to be the black hole for freight, so after all deductions, about a hundred fifty next pay...if we're lucky. Makes me want to avoid home time (and Laredo) whenever i can lol.

C T.'s Comment
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To clarify. Yes I understand the concept of net income. And yes I have "cleared" 8 or 900 on good weeks. Everyone calm down, just throwing my experience out there.


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Kevin H.'s Comment
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It might make sense to talk about gross, because everyone has different deductions. Anyway, my best week *gross* was only in the 900s, and usually it's in the 800s. But I'm only making 37 cents per mile. Wish I could have gotten on with Prime, that sounds like a sweet deal.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Thanks Rainy. Awesome thread. Yes, those looking into trucking need current honest earnings both gross and net. In my job I gross about $600/week. I net about $430. I have Fed and state taxes, 401k and health insurance that all comes out. I know I can gross a minimum average of $600/week driving OTR. This is one of several reasons I am working on making this career change. Thanks again to all who contribute to this thread.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
6 string rhythm's Comment
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Cleared 1k this week myself. Unfortunately uncle Sam and health insurance got their cut lol

So you're saying your net was $1k?

Susan D. 's Comment
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My largest gross was a little over $1400 in a week.. more common is about $900.. worst was $380 when I spent several days at home and the truck also had to be serviced later that same week. All in all, not too bad as a driver with under 6 montgs experience.

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?

Today Jul 2nd I delivered. Immediately got a 1100 Mile run that picks up on 3rd and delivers on Jul 5th. No sitting with my disptacher hahha. ITS a drop and hook at both ends... which could be because of the holiday. Moat of my loads are live load/unload


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.


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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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