How Many Miles Do Rookie Truck Drivers Average Per Week?

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Michael B.'s Comment
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What are the realistic miles that a new (solo) driver can expect after all training is done?

I keep hearing numbers from recruiters that do not seem to be too realistic. Some have indicated that their drivers average 3,000 mils per week some have said 3,500 and others even more.

From reading on this website I have inferred a great variance on a daily and weekly basis. That things are volatile hard to predict and certainly uncertain. These recruiters say with no shame that their driver get 3000-3500 hours a week. So my question is how many miles are your averaging a week?

I am about to start trucking school and before I pull the trigger I want to run the numbers and see if it makes sense.

Thank you in advance....

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Well you can expect anywhere from 2200-3200 miles per week and it will depend on a ton of different factors. But what I'm guessing is you're trying to figure out how much you'll make.

Some safe numbers you can expect:

$32k-$36k your first year $40k or so your second year $50k-$55k is where it usually tops out somewhere around years 3 to 5

Those are pretty good numbers you can go by. But trucking is very performance-based. The drivers who work hard, get to their appointments on time, and get along well with people are going to get the bulk of the miles. You have to earn it.

But I think rookie drivers should shoot for about 2400-2800 miles per week. Once you've been out there a few months to a year your mind and body adjust to the lifestyle and you learn to do things more efficiently. Then you can expect closer to 3000 miles per week.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ThinksTooMuch's Comment
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I average 2500 miles a week. I think that's a nice number to use.

Frank W.'s Comment
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What are the realistic miles that a new (solo) driver can expect after all training is done?

I keep hearing numbers from recruiters that do not seem to be too realistic. Some have indicated that their drivers average 3,000 mils per week some have said 3,500 and others even more.

From reading on this website I have inferred a great variance on a daily and weekly basis. That things are volatile hard to predict and certainly uncertain. These recruiters say with no shame that their driver get 3000-3500 hours a week. So my question is how many miles are your averaging a week?

I am about to start trucking school and before I pull the trigger I want to run the numbers and see if it makes sense.

Thank you in advance....

Victor P.'s Comment
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I guess my numbers will be bigger because i am doing teams, looking forward to learning new things, i guess we might be doing from 4,000 miles minimum the recruiters talk about 5,000. the money seems right! and of course i plan to take plenty of pictures of new places, i haven't seen snow in 24 years living in florida, and i want to learn about putting on chains, never used that in new york city, but some taxi drivers did use it during heavy snow storms, seems like all the instructors at the school were against using chains!

ChrisEMT's Comment
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When I started with a "Mega-Carrier", I was averaging about 2300-2500 miles a week for about a month, but once I got into my groove and showed my DM I could do it, I was at about 2000/week on a dedicated account account, but the manufacturing part was lacking. I switched accounts, and started averaging 2200-2500/wk (over 5 1/2 days) and I was home weekends, and averaged about .60/mile to make up for the lower than average miles, but my DM would run us on weekends if we wanted, and those that did would average 3000/week at the same rate....

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Just finished up with my trainer we sat a lot of weekends but out of 28 or so days with 17 or 18 days running......We put on about 19,000 miles or so on his truck....I'm getting used to driving bout 600+ miles per shift......So if my co-driver and I can keep that up at least, we should do ok I think......All depends how much wasted idle time we get.....BUT I think the company would give company drivers more runs than the lease op trainers.....Since we just get cpm pay, where lease-op's get 70% of each load.....Simple economics tells me the company makes more profit off company drivers than the 30% off other loads hmmmm......In the end all I care about is MY earning potential lol

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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