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Imani B.'s Comment
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I am a new cdl graduate. I am willing to relocate anywhere in the country. Dont care much about home time. No family. Dont mind team driving. I am simply looking for the best paying companies. Any suggestions?

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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The pay ultimately comes down to you. Prime is perhaps the most high paying per mile for rookies, however it still comes down to you managing your clock efficiently to maximize your income. We have members here that started in the mid 30s for CPM and made over $40,000 their first year. Once you prove yourself you'll receive pay increases from whatever company you choose. Also, team driving often times doesn't pay you any more money and then you have the trouble of living in such a confined space with another person and trying to sleep in a truck that rarely stops rolling.

Theres no need to relocate if you're wanting to drive OTR unless you live somewhere like alaska or south florida.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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You should look into companies who offer tuition reimbursement as they are usually better equipped to train you. Yes, you just graduated CDL school, now your training starts. Most of these, Paid CDL Training Programsare good places for that. You still have lots to learn about trucking and pay. Good luck.

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.
Cantankerous Amicus's Comment
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I am a new cdl graduate. I am willing to relocate anywhere in the country. Dont care much about home time. No family. Dont mind team driving. I am simply looking for the best paying companies. Any suggestions?

I am nowhere near the point of applying yet, but for a CDL graduate looking for team driving, have you looked into US Xpress? It looks like they hire from just about anywhere. Their CPM and bonuses look pretty good if you are serious about staying on the road. It looks like you can max out at 82 CPM if you get the safety bonus as well as stay out for more than 45 days. I know Brett has driven for them. Perhaps there is also someone here who has more recent team driving experience with them.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Old School's Comment
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I am simply looking for the best paying companies. Any suggestions?

Welcome aboard Imani B!

In trucking we have this little saying concerning our pay... "you'll get what you deserve."

Trucking's pay structure is unique in that it is completely "performance based." I sometimes refer to it as merit based pay.

As a rookie driver your focus should be on how well you can learn to to operate a big rig efficiency, safely, and profitably. The level of your pay rate, or whether you're a team driver or solo driver will really have very little effect on your results as a rookie driver. How well you can manage your time and communicate effectively with your dispatcher and customers will have huge ramifications on the dollar amount of your paychecks.

Here's a couple of articles I think you should look into. Hopefully they will help you understand something that most rookies never seem to lay hold of.

1 out of 5 Drivers "Get It"

Show Me The Money!

Dispatcher:

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.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Old School

You have the gift to help those that come in here looking for answers. And so many more as well. I like the article "1 out 5 Drivers get it". Very inspiring. Good food for thought. No one want s to see a "Bull in a China Shop", but with a little tact and good manners, all get things done. The driver, the dispatcher and the Receiver. It's a done deal and a good deal for all.

thanks again for your insightful article.

Dispatcher:

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Old School

You have the gift to help those that come in here looking for answers. And so many more as well. I like the article "1 out 5 Drivers get it". Very inspiring. Good food for thought. No one want s to see a "Bull in a China Shop", but with a little tact and good manners, all get things done. The driver, the dispatcher and the Receiver. It's a done deal and a good deal for all.

thanks again for your insightful article.

Yes he does have a gift that he freely and equally offers to everyone. Priceless advice that costs nothing.

Dispatcher:

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.
Imani B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the info, but I am hoping to make more than 40,000 first year. I will look into Prime and see what I am offered. Thanks again.

The pay ultimately comes down to you. Prime is perhaps the most high paying per mile for rookies, however it still comes down to you managing your clock efficiently to maximize your income. We have members here that started in the mid 30s for CPM and made over $40,000 their first year. Once you prove yourself you'll receive pay increases from whatever company you choose. Also, team driving often times doesn't pay you any more money and then you have the trouble of living in such a confined space with another person and trying to sleep in a truck that rarely stops rolling.

Theres no need to relocate if you're wanting to drive OTR unless you live somewhere like alaska or south florida.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Imani B.'s Comment
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Thanks. I have checked out US express. I may need to go back and look into them more thoroughly. Thanks again.

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I am a new cdl graduate. I am willing to relocate anywhere in the country. Dont care much about home time. No family. Dont mind team driving. I am simply looking for the best paying companies. Any suggestions?

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I am nowhere near the point of applying yet, but for a CDL graduate looking for team driving, have you looked into US Xpress? It looks like they hire from just about anywhere. Their CPM and bonuses look pretty good if you are serious about staying on the road. It looks like you can max out at 82 CPM if you get the safety bonus as well as stay out for more than 45 days. I know Brett has driven for them. Perhaps there is also someone here who has more recent team driving experience with them.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Imani B.'s Comment
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Thank you for the info. Priceless.

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I am simply looking for the best paying companies. Any suggestions?

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Welcome aboard Imani B!

In trucking we have this little saying concerning our pay... "you'll get what you deserve."

Trucking's pay structure is unique in that it is completely "performance based." I sometimes refer to it as merit based pay.

As a rookie driver your focus should be on how well you can learn to to operate a big rig efficiency, safely, and profitably. The level of your pay rate, or whether you're a team driver or solo driver will really have very little effect on your results as a rookie driver. How well you can manage your time and communicate effectively with your dispatcher and customers will have huge ramifications on the dollar amount of your paychecks.

Here's a couple of articles I think you should look into. Hopefully they will help you understand something that most rookies never seem to lay hold of.

1 out of 5 Drivers "Get It"

Show Me The Money!

Dispatcher:

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.
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