How Long From Start To Pay?

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J D.'s Comment
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I am wondering about the average time to go from beginning of training to getting standard driver pay? Is it about the same for most companies?

I am looking at company-sponsored training. Looks like most are 4-6 weeks while on some form of a training salary.

I just joined the site. I love all of the info on here.

Thanks, Jeff

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Depends on the company. Which companies are you thinking of?

J D.'s Comment
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I like Knight a lot. Still researching. I also found a company not on this website that has a terminal near me. I just learned they have a new school of their own in Princeton, In. Both companies offer pay during training. Pay during training isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it would soften the blow of no income until I am on my own.

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.

C T.'s Comment
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True it depends on the company. Whoever you go with, be prepared to go without solid pay for a few weeks. Some companies do offer training pay that does help. For me the biggest thing is learning how to run your truck efficiently. The industry is performance based. Harder you work the more money you should be able to make.

Steve C.'s Comment
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You may want to look in to Roehl if training pay is a big concern for you. From looking at their site it looks like they currently pay you $500/week while you get your CDL.

Roehl Training Pay

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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You may want to look in to Roehl if training pay is a big concern for you. From looking at their site it looks like they currently pay you $500/week while you get your CDL.

That is true. Each company has their own unique setup and each has advantages and disadvantages. We have way more information on our website about these programs than the actual companies themselves do. Here is a listing of all of our company-sponsored program reviews:

Company-Sponsored Training Program Reviews

Here is Roehl's specifically and it's five pages long:

Roehl Company-Sponsored Training Program Review

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.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I went to prime and during your permit phase you get no pay. They advance you 200 per week for food and you pay it back later. I was In This phase for 3 weeks. The day I passed my test I got my license and filled out the employment forms. Started getting paid the next week. $700 per week GROSS. (Which I cleared $400 or so) after going solo in Feb I averaged 600 per week take home after insurances and what I owed prime for loaf locks and chains for my truck.. and my pet fee for my cat.. My debt to prime is almost paid. Last week I posted my miles and pay which came to about 2800 miles and I cleared $871. This week I hit over 3000 miles and cleared $970.

J D.'s Comment
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What about any possible home time between the 4-6 weeks of training and going on the road with a trainer?

Is the normal routine the 4-6 weeks of training, then hit the road?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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At prime the training IS on the road. I got to Prime Sept 21st got my permit the 22nd.. got my trainer the 25th and drove 10,000 miles in 3 weeks. Then I started getting paid.

Hometime is based on your trainer and really is the amount of weekly miles. I was in the training/teaming phase from Nov to feb cause my trainer kept taking time off . I got home thanks giving week and xmas/NY we then not again til feb 24 after going solo.

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