I Just Read A Scary Store About New Trainees Can Anyone Reply To This For Me

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Ronald D.'s Comment
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I just read on line a driver ranting about new people after training pay and even new solo pay after figuring expenses on the road you will be lucky to have 60 bucks a week left over. No offense but I for one can not pay any bills with that. Is this reality? if not what would one in a true honest scenario being new be able to stash away after expense for living in the truck after all. thank you

Ron

Joe S. (a.k.a. The Blue 's Comment
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I just read on line a driver ranting about new people after training pay and even new solo pay after figuring expenses on the road you will be lucky to have 60 bucks a week left over. No offense but I for one can not pay any bills with that. Is this reality? if not what would one in a true honest scenario being new be able to stash away after expense for living in the truck after all. thank you

Ron

I don't know what your expenses are or how much you make a mile. But 60 dollars after expenses????

You are either spending too much on the road living high on the hog or you are working for almost free.

When my training is over I will be making around 600-700 dollars a week. Maybe even more depending on how many miles I drive for the week.

And my pay is considered some of the lowest in the industry. But I came here due to the "free" training.

If all you have after a week of driving, expenses and such is 60 dollars, something is wrong somewhere.

Keep it safe out here. Joe S

PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Well it depends on what he considers expenses. If he is eating truck stop food breakfast lunch dinner snacks and drinks then yea I would be surprised if he is keeping that much. Personally I am in my last week of training and I am banking a few hundred every week but I budget smart. For instance we hit Walmart once a week where I spend $50-$75 buying a case of water fruit drinks cans of fruit tuna fish soups and snacks. We have a microwave and a fridge in the truck so I always have something to eat. Sure I get a burger or a biscuit a few times a week and I keep my food bill to under $100 or so a week. I occasionally buy a shirt or stuffed animal for my kid and once I get my own truck I will slowly add things like a George Foreman grill and a crockpot. A Bluetooth headset and maybe GPS. Down the road I would like wifi device and a laptop. With smart budgeting I can accomplish all this and still have money in the bank. Accumulating and paying bills. They sasay you can expect to earn mid 30's your first year on the road, or about 10,000 miles a month and 120,000 miles a year. Like anything else I. Life it's not what you earn but how you spend it

Hope that helps

Peace

Ronald D.'s Comment
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Well it is not me but a trucker on anotehr site claiming any new drivers now will end up if lucky sixty bucks a week. I thought that was out of wack for sure just wanted to post what crap I find reading other sites that is why I rely on this site for accuracy.

thanks Ron

HeavyHauler's Comment
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Well it is not me but a trucker on another site claiming any new drivers now will end up if lucky sixty bucks a week. I thought that was out of whack for sure just wanted to post what crap I find reading other sites that is why I rely on this site for accuracy.

thanks Ron

STOP READING THOSE OTHER SIGHTS. They are nothing but discontent slanderous A-holes who think everyone should suffer because they couldn't complete training or budget properly. There are tons of drivers on here who can give you a more accurate detailed expectation of life on the road. You need to ask them and for dear God, STAY OFF THOSE OTHER SIGHTS. THEY ARE POISON. good-luck.gif

Good luck out there brother.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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STAY OFF THOSE OTHER SIGHTS. THEY ARE POISON.

Amen to that! He's totally right about that. TruckingTruth has been around for almost 7 years now and to this day I can hardly name another trucking site that is of much value at all. You'll find a couple of good articles here and there, but most of the stuff out there is junk. And the forums are the absolute worst of all.

We have a mountain of resources to help you understand the trucking industry and prepare yourself for a great start to your career. In fact, this site has over 12,000 pages of content - everything from training programs to career guides to books and over 400 articles in our blog section. Thousands and thousands of pages of great stuff. What you won't find here is slander, heresy, and bitterness, and misinformation - pretty much the foundation of most trucking sites out there.

The only place we'll tell you to go for information on a company is to a truck stop to speak with some of their current drivers. That's a great way to learn about life inside a company - face to face with drivers that are out there doing it day in and day out. If you approach drivers while they're fueling up or walking into the truck stop you'll find they're almost always very helpful and willing to share their experiences. But digging through most trucking forums looking for opinions is a great way to drive yourself into a deep depression and learn nothing of value at the same time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Ron, yes what has already been said....My company pays a flat 90 a day while your on a truck with a trainer. Not great, but not bad. Then once you go solo your paid per mile. Mine is starting at 32 cpm. I think its great for a brand new inexperienced employee personally. Then it will depend on you to perform. As has been said many times if you perform you'll get the miles, IE make more money....

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I make average $1000/week BEFORE taxes and expenses. I am not on per diem pay either, so I will have a bunch of deductions come tax time.

Now that I have figured out the various truck stops rewards systems I spend about $60/week on food. No idea how anyone can manage to only have $60 left every week. Must be sprinkling flakes of gold into their coffee or something...

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Zen Joker's Comment
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One of the best things anyone considering a career OR getting started in the field of trucking can do is to avoid websites like the Yuckers Abort where all the half asses spill there frustrations. While there is some valuable info on other trucking websites, you often need to wade through pages of retarded garbage to find it. Hence the great value of TT and all it's contributing members. smile.gif

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Dude, I have been out of training and solo for a while and do not yet have a reason to complain about pay. There are always factors that some will not consider when writing that stuff. Ignore that crap.

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