Swift Starting Salary

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David V.'s Comment
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Hello to all, can anyone please tell me whats the starting salary with swift after training? i spoke to a recruiter and she tells me its .38 cents a mile. Is this information correct? Thank you.

's Comment
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Thats like an average starting. I think my husband started at .34 but you cant think in those terms. shorter trips are more money. Incentives are great like being on time all the time. He just did a trip at .41 but I wasnt there, dont know the details. Hes going off to Canada now, cant wait to see those results.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob S.'s Comment
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The pay charts are pretty extensive. There are variations based on length of trip, years of service, region of the country, etc. Then there are additional items like detention, break-down and layover. You'll go nuts if you think of each trip or even each week by itself. It's best to look at a larger block of time to see if you're earning what you need to. Somewhere on this site was an estimate that a rookie driver can earn $35k-$40k in the first year. In my first year with Swift I grossed $45k. I was OTR dry van , mostly Western with a lot of California. I don't think I did anything special, I merely followed instructions from my DM and planners.

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.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
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California sounds pretty special. Im sure thats a higher rate also.

Rob S.'s Comment
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California sounds pretty special. Im sure thats a higher rate also.

Nope. Just a hassle. The truck speed limit is 55mph. In the LA basin seems to move at either 30 or 60. There's a lot of freight moving through there so there isn't much to do but grin and bear it. Don't let me influence you though. Drive it a few times and you'll learn to hate it yourself.

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Been there done that. Couldn't believe how people live like that. Then i remembered our Long Island trip to Riverhead. Nope, give me the wide open spaces. The breaze in my hair. And the crisp mountain fog in the wee hours of the morning.

Sambo's Comment
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All that aside, california is a beautiful state. A little of variations in topography and some awesome scenery, especially in the northern half.

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Ya we saw some wide open spaces too. Im still in the passenger seat but my husband grew up there. We passed a place where he and his friends would drive and meet up at some cliff and drink beers. Until one of the kids drove off the cliff. Bummer. Hard knocks when so young. Then we went down 101 and i was cussing him the whole way until the end. Then i said that wasnt so bad.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Drive it a few times and you'll learn to hate it yourself.

AGREED!!!.....ROFLMAO

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