First Year Pay Totals With Prime

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Penny's Comment
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Thank you, Rainy, for sharing those numbers. It is helpful for someone coming into the industry to have an idea of what to expect that first year. Your openness is definitely appreciated!


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
John C.'s Comment
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Thanks for the realistic earning numbers. I knew the craigslist ads were giving overblown numbers, but not by how much. It's good know what reality will be.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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Advertisements are always going to give you the best case scenario. Just because most aren't earning that doesn't mean there aren't some people that are earning that. I'm almost in line with what Rainy posted, but honestly I didn't look at my earnings in total yet. I have a husband who is a type 1 diabetic, so I maxed out all of my insurances, benefits, etc. So I pay out over $200/week on benefits alone, not including taxes. I get a decent chunk taken out, but I also make a decent gross as well. What helps is I have a lightweight, drive in the northeast regional area, and I don't push my speed so that I can make fuel bonus. I haven't averaged less than at least 8mpg the entire time I've been driving. I've even pushed it to 10mpg on two different pay periods. Also, my health insurance rates will drop by 50% (!!!) once I hit my 1 year mark, so I have that to look forward to.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

John C.'s Comment
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Thanks Miss M, Just watched your video showing the inside of your lightweight. Pretty cool setup!


Operating While Intoxicated

Jeremy's Comment
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I get.35cpm but with my accesorials i gross 12-1400 a week so my net pay is not gross at all lol it almost seems fortunate to me that im with a smaller company as im seen as a worker and i use everybit of my clock possible


Cents Per Mile

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

John C.'s Comment
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Thanks Jeremy.

This is really helpful, but if you guys don't mind, I have a couple of questions. It would really help to be able to relate pay to miles driven and to time worked.

So how many mile do you drive to hit these numbers ? How many hours do you actually work in a week?

I know this is a lifestyle, so the hours are different from (and more than) a regular job. However, I've worked for myself for a long time. I'm use to working my butt off massive hours each week, just to try to get a good billable week.


Brett Aquila's Comment
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You're gonna put in a ton of hours John. You can legally work 70 hours every 8 days in this industry, and 95% of that work time will be driving time. A little bit will go to fueling, pre-trip inspection , and a few other things. But I'll say this - you can expect to be asleep before your head hits the pillow most of the time. The days are quite long and really exhausting, especially in the beginning when you're overwhelmed trying to learn everything at once.

Here's an article I wrote that talks about this kind of stuff and includes mileage totals and working hours and such:

Rookie Drivers: Time Management Tips And Mileage Goals

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Jeremy's Comment
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Well for an example i left my home last sunday"in a noreaster" loaded for orlando fla dropped that (watched a dirt race near daytona) picked up near miami headed for cincinatti and im not picking up in louiseville ky headed back to upstate ny that will get me roughly 3800 miles in 7 days with very little accesorial pay for bumpin docks is say 60$ or so and 1330$ roughly in mileage pay so i will gross roughly 1400 this week again i do believe im lucky to be with the company im at while i dont get top cpm i believe i probably average more miles than most new drivers ive proven myself loyal to these guys and they take care of me hopefully they prove it further soon with a new truck my 07 9400i with 1.1 mil on it is gettin tired im a lil rough on her


Cents Per Mile

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

Robert H.'s Comment
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So it goin well for you CT there at Maverick im still waiting to goin to there school sponsorship jus waiting on getting some medical papers filled out by dr. which prob gona be delayed since freaking VA DR dropped me as patient and didnt tell me

This sub got a little off topic lol but not bad totals for the first year Rainy. Mine are about the same, still a few months to go

John C.'s Comment
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I forgot to check this thread...

Thanks for the info Brett. Good to know. Another helpful article! The resources you have here are some of the best I've found, in any field.

Thanks Jeremy B., I appreciate the response. Sounds like you're on a roll, I could get into a rhythm like that!

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