1st Year Pay Confusion

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Ct H.'s Comment
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As I research about 1st year newbie pay the numbers are all over the place Can anyone shed some light on subject,

Old School's Comment
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CT, I know it's a little confusing when you see all these different companies making promises and then you see big differences in cents per mile depending on which company you are looking at or maybe what type of freight you're looking at, but try not to fog up your view with all that information. Here's the real facts. Wherever you start, and which ever type of freight you are hauling, if you catch on to the business and do a good job you are probably going to gross about 30 - 35 thousand during your rookie year. You might make as much as 40 if you are really good.

It really takes about a year for most people to get the hang of this lifestyle so that they can start making better money at it. This is a performance based job, and typically the rookies are going to stump their toe every now and then during the learning curve. Lessons are learned and skills are developed during that first year. After you adjust to the erratic sleep patterns and learn better how to manage your clock, things will start falling into place during your second year to help you earn more money.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Excellent info from Old School as always!

We have a great article from a couple of years ago where a drive broke down his second year salary - My 2010 Salary – Finishing Up My Second Year Behind The Wheel. He made $41k his second year at Prime Inc. That's pretty standard.

I usually tell people to expect:

$32k-$36k your first year $40k or so your second year $50k-$55k is where it usually tops off somewhere between years 3 and 5

Those are pretty good averages.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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