Which Companies Hire New Graduates Straight Out Of CDL School ?

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Marc Lee's Comment
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I'd rather make 54 CPM plus $15/stop with a minimum guarantee, bonus for being out another day, 100% no touch and 90% drop and hook. But like I keep saying... That's just me!

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You realize, at 2,000 miles per week, your earnings are pretty much exactly in line with every mega company out there, right? And someone mentioned Chicago, is that where your driving will be, for the most part?

7-State Region so guessing not mostly Chicago.

Seems to me a $1,400 guaranty for "showing up on time" every day for a 5-day work week is "above average" for a newbie at ANY carrier - major or minor. If I am wrong... please share the details. I will apply there!

Sorry... I misspoke - there is no guaranty "bonus" for staying out the extra day. Guaranty is $1,400 for 5 days, through Feb. 2019. As I will mostly be on training into Feb., I will ask what happens (to guaranty) after that!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Marc Lee's Comment
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665 miles in a day is a good day. My best was 705. I average probably 550 a day. My 70k gross includes my bonuses, my vacation pay and other pays. I’m often thrown various accessorial pays without a complaint on my part. My Dispatcher takes good care of me. One of the perks of having a great relationship with your Dispatcher.

Those are some great miles! Hope to get there some day! Having a little trouble figuring how one does that!

705 miles. Wow!

If I have this correct... you averaged 64 mph during 11 hours of driving in a 14 hour work day. So guessing your truck's top speed is not governed and accessorial pay did not include a fuel economy bonus on that run?!?

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.
Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I'd rather make 54 CPM plus $15/stop with a minimum guarantee, bonus for being out another day, 100% no touch and 90% drop and hook. But like I keep saying... That's just me!

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You realize, at 2,000 miles per week, your earnings are pretty much exactly in line with every mega company out there, right? And someone mentioned Chicago, is that where your driving will be, for the most part?

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7-State Region so guessing not mostly Chicago.

Seems to me a $1,400 guaranty for "showing up on time" every day for a 5-day work week is "above average" for a newbie at ANY carrier - major or minor. If I am wrong... please share the details. I will apply there!

Sorry... I misspoke - there is no guaranty "bonus" for staying out the extra day. Guaranty is $1,400 for 5 days, through Feb. 2019. As I will mostly be on training into Feb., I will ask what happens (to guaranty) after that!

$1400 guarantee is a bit higher than most, but it sounds like that is for the first couple of months, while you learn the ropes. There are a few of the mega carriers offering a $1000 guarantee, period, no time limit, which tells me that you will normally make that much if you are willing to work, and they won't be paying it anyway.

But 2,000 miles per week times 54 cents is $1080 a week, so if they extend the $1400 after the first couple of months, what are you doing for the extra $320? It's no touch, drop and hook , and the only extra you mentioned is $15 per stop, and I don't think you are stopping 21 times a day. I'm sure they aren't going to hand you $320/week out of the goodness of their hearts, if they were, they wouldn't be looking for drivers, they would be flooded with applications.

I did see an Amazon/Hunt gig advertised here at $70k to start, but I don't know the details.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Parrothead66's Comment
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McElroy and TMC hire for flatbed straight out of school

G-Town's Comment
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You are all focused on the wrong stuff here, almost if ignoring the obvious.

No company will guarantee $1400 per week for a rookie. Not buying it, especially on a Dedicated account. No company no matter how desperate will incent a driver to strive for mediocrity.

Top performance equates to top money. Period, where the discussion begins, and ends. Maximizing income potential isn’t about bonuses, weekly guarantees or detention pay. It’s about performance...at the end of the day, when the smoke clears, every company pays top dollar for that and nothing less.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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You are all focused on the wrong stuff here, almost if ignoring the obvious.

No company will guarantee $1400 per week for a rookie. Not buying it, especially on a Dedicated account. No company no matter how desperate will incent a driver to strive for mediocrity.

Top performance equates to top money. Period, where the discussion begins, and ends. Maximizing income potential isn’t about bonuses, weekly guarantees or detention pay. It’s about performance...at the end of the day, when the smoke clears, every company pays top dollar for that and nothing less.

I'm not ignoring that at all. As I said, If Maverick is offering a guarantee, it's because they know if you meet the criteria, you will earn more than that, and if you consistently don't, you won't be driving for them. One way or the other, they are not going to continue to pay you to underperform.

I have seen a couple of companies that offer a short term guarantee to help with the transition to driving, but if the Hunt job is paying 54 cents a mile for 2,000 miles a week, either that is a temporary guarantee, or there is more to the job than driving 2,000 miles a week, all no touch, drop and hook , or he is missing something, or mistaken. Because if that were the case drivers would be lined up for that job.

In any case, even if that guarantee exists, which I don't think it does, if you consistently are just earning the guarantee, you probably won't be employed long.

I don't have the experience to know what is missing from that equation, but I have enough experience at life and business to know that business doesn't work like that, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

I see a job for Hunt for 90K in NYC, but the catch is you have to live (and drive) in NYC, where 90k = 50K here. And even then, that is an up to situation.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I should say, at least I don't think I am missing the obvious.

G-Town's Comment
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My reply Grumpy was intended for everyone’s benefit...not targeting you.

The Dedicated account described by Marc Lee will require him to focus on what I posted for him in the thread titled with the word “Amazon” in it. I recently bumped it and a Rainy added a comment. Please read it.

Grumpy when you see a number like 90k? That’s the top potential for an experienced hand. The potential for a rookie is much less, and that’s assuming they meet minimum qualifications...45-50k is a reasonable goal no matter what company you start with.

It wasn’t until my 3rd full year I eclipsed 70+k on an account similar to the rigors and challenges Marc will experience with JBH Amazon Dedicated.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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My reply Grumpy was intended for everyone’s benefit...not targeting you.

The Dedicated account described by Marc Lee will require him to focus on what I posted for him in the thread titled with the word “Amazon” in it. I recently bumped it and a Rainy added a comment. Please read it.

Grumpy when you see a number like 90k? That’s the top potential for an experienced hand. The potential for a rookie is much less, and that’s assuming they meet minimum qualifications...45-50k is a reasonable goal no matter what company you start with.

It wasn’t until my 3rd full year I eclipsed 70+k on an account similar to the rigors and challenges Marc will experience with JBH Amazon Dedicated.

I think I did read it, I'll check it again.

And agreed, and an "up to" 90K job in NYC is probably equal to a 50k to 60k job elsewhere

Rainy 's Comment
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Primes Lightweghts get 49cpm.

2600 miles x 49cpm = $1274

2800 miles x 49cpm= $1372

This does not include bonuses. And honestly, although you need to drive more to make that as opposed to a guaranteed account, there is much less risk of accidents and putting your CDL in jeopardy being OTR than this type of account for a new and unskilled driver.

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.

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.

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