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James H.'s Comment
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So I work at a textile plant and they love being off on holidays or extended amounts of time.

I brought home $754 for two weeks of pay, does trucking pay more than this for a rookie?

Just wanting to know before I make the jump. Been looking at a few companies and doing the course here.

Any information would be helpful.

Thanks

C T.'s Comment
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Im busy now, but short answer yes. You can gross that in one week starting out.

MC1371's Comment
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Slightly longer reply. I've been solo since Jan 4th. Last week my take home was about 850, this week only about 600.

That's not the big money you hear some talk about. But even that didn't come overnight. You have to work smart. You have to prepare yourself to be gone from home an extended amount of time for your first month or two.

I'm sure others can add more to this, but it's not like getting a new job.

If you really want to earn long term, it's a lifestyle change.

Gladhand's Comment
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You can make that amount per week after a few months of driving, but there is much more to consider.

Overall I like my job, but must be honest not living normally can be very difficult. This is more than a job it is a lifestyle. You will make sacrifices to earn good money, you will live a life different from the one you live now. Much more to consider than just pay especially because most will start otr , being out for a few weeks at a time.

I do not hate this job, in fact I love it, but I am definitely ready to start looking at living a more normal life. Good luck with your search and do lots of research.

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.

Pianoman's Comment
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I drive locally and make around $900/week gross, which for me is around $700 or so take home.

Tastebuds's Comment
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I drive locally and make around $900/week gross, which for me is around $700 or so take home.

I always wondered how much bread they put in your jar! (Please tell me you got that reference!)

Sambo's Comment
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Driving a truck is not reliable income when it comes to making x amount per week. Weekly pay is going to fluctuate, so, if you are looking for a job that has a reliable weekly income, trucking isn't it.

I've had weeks where I've taken home $1000, and I've had weeks where I've taken home under $300. Availability of loads in the area you're currently in, load/unload times, breakdown, and other unforseen things can diminish your miles for a week.

If you have a good dm , and you are reliable, and freight is good, yes, you can make decent money, the problem is, sometimes there will be weeks that are light, due to things beyond your control.

Just something to keep in mind.

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Driving OTR isn't reliable income, but local driving definitely is. My checks are always very close to eachother. Just find an hourly trucking job and that will help so long as you have work year round and fortunately people never stop buying gas so I'm always busy.

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.

James H.'s Comment
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Driving a truck is not reliable income when it comes to making x amount per week. Weekly pay is going to fluctuate, so, if you are looking for a job that has a reliable weekly income, trucking isn't it.

I've had weeks where I've taken home $1000, and I've had weeks where I've taken home under $300. Availability of loads in the area you're currently in, load/unload times, breakdown, and other unforseen things can diminish your miles for a week.

If you have a good dm , and you are reliable, and freight is good, yes, you can make decent money, the problem is, sometimes there will be weeks that are light, due to things beyond your control.

Just something to keep in mind.

Ya I have been reading and it varies as you all have shown. Basically i work in extrusion and this plant can't keep up with our plastic yarn manufacturing process. So as i have stated what my two weeks pay was in the first topic my previous pay check was $254. I cant make ends meet on this. I'm being paid 18.50 with no option for ot.

So for the month I've made around 1000. I like to drive and this whole thing has been eating at me for years. Just have to figure out what company i should apply with to get it all rolling. I don't have a cdl , so looking potentially for a carrier that trains and employs.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.
Pianoman's Comment
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Weekly pay is going to fluctuate, so, if you are looking for a job that has a reliable weekly income, trucking isn't it.

While that may be true for many OTR trucking jobs, it definitely isn't true for all trucking jobs--not in the least. My paychecks are very consistent with my local position. I also got consistently good miles on another dedicated account with Swift--I was living the otr lifestyle since it was a national account and we delivered all over, but I pretty much always brought home at least $650 a week and usually much more. Gladhand, G-town, and Old School are all on consistently well-paying dedicated accounts, and Errol is driving shuttle so his paychecks are extremely consistent. Same with Six-string doing linehaul.

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.

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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