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Dan E.'s Comment
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I am so excited.

My question is this, do any of you have experience with percentage pay vs mileage pay? Any comments would be appreciated.

mountain girl's Comment
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I don't. But maybe someone will chime in.

I'm sure it's a "per trip" or "per load" kind of a thing, so the more efficiently you do it, the more you get paid.

mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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Oh! And congratulations!

- mountain girl

Errol V.'s Comment
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Dan, I think your getting the "crickets" response because percentage pay is mostly used by owner operators. This Web site is focused on me company drivers, who will probably paid on a mileage basis.

You could try OOIDA , the owner operator association.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Dan E.'s Comment
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I just question are there no TMC drivers on this site, or is TMC bull****ting its newhires that 90% of their employees choose that pay option? I am leaving a 20 year career in telecommunications and am worried about making an early choice that I will regret later. Thanks for all of you that responded.

Dan, I think your getting the "crickets" response because percentage pay is mostly used by owner operators. This Web site is focused on me company drivers, who will probably paid on a mileage basis.

You could try OOIDA , the owner operator association.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Dan, they are not lying about what their drivers choose. I have a friend who drives a flat-bed and he does percentage pay. He likes it, but for different reasons than most folks mention.

If it were me, I would choose the mileage pay first, and then switch over to percentage pay when you are ready. The thing about being a rookie is that you won't be as efficient at managing your time when you first start. For percentage pay to be good you will have to be good. That is one reason TMC pushes it, it forces you to be efficient and productive, and that is what make every driver profitable to their employer.

Here's a couple of things to make sure you think about when on percentage pay:

- You will be paid different amounts on the same amount of miles at times. Some loads just pay better than others, and sometimes this depends on the part of the country you are running in. Getting a load out of Florida is going to stink on percentage pay - 24% of 1.35/ mile is a world of difference from 24% of 3.25/mile. Just be prepared for the variances that are involved.

- When on percentage pay you will not be paid for dead-head miles. If they are excessive they will make some allowance, but remember you are not under a load when you are dead-heading (going from one place where you delivered, to the next place where you will pick-up), so thee is no percentage of the load to be paid. I will say that TMC is very adept at limiting their dead-head miles. Often times you will pick-up at the same place you are delivering to, but they certainly can't manage that all the time.

- It certainly is possible to make more money on percentage pay, but it is equally possible to make less money that way. It is pretty much a wash in the end, but there is always that luring chance of making more, which is enticement enough for most of the drivers who choose that method of pay.

My friend that I mentioned likes it because he can go by his house when he is nearby and it doesn't have an effect on the miles he drives. He is allowed to run out of route, as long as he gets his deliveries on time. His pay is based on the value of the load, and as long as he is not abusing the system and wasting too much fuel, they allow him that privilege. So, he tries to use it to get home a little more frequently. I can't vouch for whether that is working out or not, but he is giving it a try.

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.

Dan E.'s Comment
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Thanks old school. Being home every weekend is enough for me. I value your advice and respect the fact that you respond to us new guys. They had me convinced but would you still choose mileage if it is .26?

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.

Old School's Comment
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You'll have to make that decision on your own. Find out how often the pay will increase. I started at .27/mile, but with the raises I received and proving myself I made close to fifty grand my first year.

If you go to TMC they will explain the choices you have at orientation, and they have a certain schedule that you will have to adhere to for when you can switch from one type of pay to the other. You should be able to make an informed decision based on what they say.

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