Average Tanker Miles Anyone?

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Joe Rayz's Comment
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I have chosen to drive for Prime Inc. And I have options now! I have a tanker endorsement and it pays the most starting out as a newb, but I am not sure of what an average week or month would look like in a tanker. Also when I asked my recruiter he said he isn't sure, but I'm welcome to choose whatever division I would like. Anybody ever driven a tanker or know anyone who does? Is the high CPM. because of low mileage? Any advice is appreciated.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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A few years ago when I was looking at companies, I had Prime on my list and my recruiter told me that the tank division in the northeast is less miles than running refer. It doesn't really have anything to do with it being higher cpm. You pretty much stay in the northeast, southeast, or midwest. This was according to my recruiter, and he seemed like a pretty straight shooter. I was considering being a tanker driver at one point, and without experience, you are pretty limited when starting out. You've got Prime and Schneider, and I found a few around my local area that also were willing to hire rookies, like Shipley Energy (hauling fuel).

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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Ok.. here's the truth..our tanker division is much smaller than reefer. Which means finding a trainer for tanker MAY be harder.... not impossible. But a little harder. When you said you had the endorsement you didn't say on a cdl or permit. If you are talking permit and you need to test out for cdl... I would suggest you start as reefer....just to get the CDL and test. Then once hired go for the tanker if that is what you want. Switching division here seems pretty easy to do. When I first got here the recruiter sorta tried to push me to tanker cause I live in NJ and they have a lot of Newark runs. I had no intention of being new and running Newark hahah.

As far as the mIles I can ask around.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Joe Rayz's Comment
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Thanks Rainy D and 6 String for the info!

To answer your question Rainy, I do have my CDL A License with a Tanker endorsement so I will be going straight into training for whichever division I choose. I don't have a hazmat for now so I won't be running fuel, but was just curious as to why the high cpm to start for Tanker drivers. I assumed it was because the miles might not be there, but I do have to consider that i might have to wait a little for a trainer. Something I had not thought about. I have the option to go whichever division I choose, at least that what my recruiter says. He is a nice guy, just always seems in a rush to go and do something else which is annoying when I want to sit on the phone and ask Rookie questions.smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif He seemed to be pushing refrigerated, but if you don't choose a LW Truck then you start at .5 cpm lower than a LW and .7 cpm below tanker starting pay. I don't think I would mind running refrigerated, just trying to make the highest wage I can to start. Is that shallow? Also, just in case you all were wondering, I would be running the Northeast for either division.

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.

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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