Exact First Year Income. Week By Week!

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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Note from TruckingTruth: We have a lot of new information about truck driver pay:

Be sure to check those out!

I thought to myself, what is something that TT doesn't have?

We can tell you that you will make between X and Y amount per year and that the paychecks are inconsistant.

But do we have a detailed breakdown of a drivers first year income? Not until now!

I just finished my first year and this entire year I have been writing down the details of every single paycheck.

You can notice many patterns. Take a look!!!

During training, I made 350-450$. I did not write this down but I did include it in my first years total income.

Brett, we have a lot of people looking for the first years pay. And there's no finer example than this thread. Please find a way to use this thread, whether it be an article or whatever else you can do. I worked on this information for a year, don't let it go to waste haha!

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Here's my solo weeks:

1/29

Miles: 1057

Check Total: 207.78$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 100.00$ Upgrade Bonus. 64.29$ Upgrade Pay.

Advances: -200.00$

2/5

Miles: 2714

Check Total: 697.21$

Reimbursements: 12.00$ Scales. 4.75$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 35.20$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

2/12

Miles: 1482

Check Total: 303.44$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 32.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -

2/19

Miles: 2319

Check Total: 338.25$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 16.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -151.00$ for Passenger Policy

2/26

Miles: 949

Check Total: 452.78$

Reimbursements: 45.00$ Cab Fare. 12.00$ Scales. 25.00$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 100.00$ Equipment Recovery. 28.00$ Detention Pay. 34.70$ Tiered Pay.

2/27

Miles: -

Check Total: 51.16$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 56.00$

Advances: -

3/05

Miles: 2759

Check Total: 535.81$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 68.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -156.35$

3/12

Miles: 1792

Check Total: 341.11$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 11.52$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -110.85$

3/19

Miles: 2879

Check Total: 699.76$

Reimbursements: 8.50$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 25.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -65.45$

3/26

Miles: 2014

Check Total: 486.25$

Reimbursements:

Bonuses: 64.50$ Tolls. 32.00$ Detention Pay. 7.68$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -105.45$

4/02

Miles: 1702

Check Total: 322.75$

Reimbursements: 6.75$ Tolls.

Bonuses: -

Advances: -105.45$

4/09

Miles: 3287

Check Total: 1156.21$

Reimbursements: 5.00$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 393.88$ Safety Bonus. 213.92$ Quarterly On-Time Bonus. 33.76$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -105.45$

4/16

Miles: 2718

Check Total: 667.23$

Reimbursements: 39.75$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 100.04$ Fuel Bonus. 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay.24.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -106.45$

4/23

Miles: 2018

Check Total: 491.66$

Reimbursements: 26.25$ Tolls. 10.00$ Scales.

Bonuses: 56.00$ Detention Pay. 25.00 Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -105.45$

4/30

Miles: 1944

Check Total: 507.59$

Reimbursements: 5.00$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 95.00$ Additional Stops Pay. 48.00$ Detention Pay. 17.12$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -103.25$

5/07

Miles: 1609

Check Total: 295.29$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -104.00$

5/14

Miles: 1044

Check Total: 384.65$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 96.31$ Fuel Bonus.

Advances: -

5/21

Miles: 3310

Check Total: 759.62$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

5/28

Miles: 1553

Check Total: 142.80$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 84.00$ Detention pay. 20.00$ Yard Check.

Advances: -25.45$

5/29

Miles: 0

Check Total: 300.00$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

6/04

Miles: 3677

Check Total: 891.60$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 7.20 Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

6/11

Miles: 1477

Check Total: 343.06$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 104.03$ Fuel Bonus. 1.12$ Tiered pay.

Advances: -108.00$

6/18

Miles: 1593

Check Total: 374.44$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -45.45$

6/25

Miles: 2685

Check Total: 717.62$

Reimbursements: 6.75$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 16.00$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

7/02

Miles: 3119

Check Total: 827.02$

Reimbursements:

Bonuses: 28.72$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

7/09

Miles: 3214

Check Total: 808.28$

Reimbursements: 6.75$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -45.45$

7/16

Miles: 1400

Check Total: 1105.13$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 515.85$ Safety Bonus. 293.89$ On-Time Quarterly Bonus. 130.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -

7/23

Miles: 842

Check Total: 110.57$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -105.00$

7/30

Miles: 3090

Check Total: 754.46$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -45.00$

8/06

Miles: 2914

Check Total: 754.24$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 60.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -46.45$

8/13

Miles: 466

Check Total: 1.76$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 106.26$ Fuel Bonus. 106.26$ Productivity Bonus.

Advances: -250.00$

8/20

Miles: 2336

Check Total: 542.45$

Reimbursements: 36.95$ Tolls.

Bonuses: -

Advances: -104.00$.

8/27

Miles: 2243

Check Total: 737.42$

Reimbursements: 197.00$ for Airplane Luggage Fee and multiple Cab Fares.

Bonuses: -

Advances: -45.45$

9/03

Miles: 2180

Check Total: 546.14$

Reimbursements:

Bonuses: 52.00$ Detention Pay. 19.68$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

9/04

Miles: 842

Check Total: 235.18$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

9/10

Miles: 2188

Check Total: 682.09$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 95.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -

9/17

Miles: 0

Check Total: -64.43$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -45.45$

9/24

Miles: 5228

Check Total: 1264.21$

Reimbursements:

Bonuses: 10.00$ Driver Appreciation Bonus. 6.88$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

10/01

Miles: 3049

Check Total: 799.79

Reimbursements: 8.50$ Tolls.

Bonuses: 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay. 5.12$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -40.00 for Tolls.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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10/08

Miles: 2241

Check Total: 603.11$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

10/15

Miles: 0

Check Total: 737.81$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 539.00$ Safety Bonus. 309.33$ On-Time Quarterly Bonus. 117.42 Fuel Bonus. 117.42 Productivity Bonus.

Advances: -

10/22

Miles: 51

Check Total: -102.90$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 5.44$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -103.50$

10/29

Miles: 2416

Check Total: 586.61$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 40.00$ Detention Pay.

Advances: -

11/05

Miles: 2065

Check Total: 566.49$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

11/12

Miles: 3638

Check Total: 1366.22$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

11/19

Miles: 1519

Check Total: 423.90$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

11/26

Miles: 1711

Check Total: 531.31$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 56.00$. 16.14$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -

12/03

Miles: 3233

Check Total: 896.09$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -

12/10

Miles: 832

Check Total: 119.21$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 101.84$ Fuel Bonus. 5.76$ Tiered Pay.

Advances: -208.00$

12/17

Miles: 3050

Check Total: 827.99$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -20.00$

12/24

Miles: 801

Check Total: 218.84$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 54.14$ Christmas Bonus, 23.68$ Tiered Pay,

Advances: -80.00$

12/31

Miles: 2964

Check Total: 782.07$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: -

Advances: -40.00$

1/7

Miles: 3662

Check Total: 1156.35$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 113.09$ Productivity Bonus, 110.02$ Vacation Pay, 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -40.00$

1/8

Miles: 2885

Check Total: 1,463.58$

Reimbursements: -

Bonuses: 730.61$ Vacation Pay, 25.00$ Additional Stops Pay.

Advances: -

Before Taxes: 34,907.03

After Taxes: 32,226.26

Wine Taster's Comment
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The check totals you show....

Is that gross (before taxes) or net?

Why did you have so many weeks in there that had o - 800 miles?

What is the average miles you can expect each week?

I guess I was under the impression you would average 2-3 thousand miles a week.

What type of trailer were you hauling?

Thanks for this thread!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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The check totals you show....

Is that gross (before taxes) or net?

Check Total means how much went into my bank account.

Why did you have so many weeks in there that had o - 800 miles?

Breakdowns and hometime. Consider that I went home for 4-5 days and then I got a load. So that leaves only a few days to drive out of the week. Driving 2/7 days will never yeild you good miles for the week.

What is the average miles you can expect each week?

In the beginning the miles can be bad because you're still a rookie and don't know how to run hard. The more experience you have the better you are.

I guess I was under the impression you would average 2-3 thousand miles a week.

I wish. Consider truck breakdowns, slow weeks, and hometime. There are a million obstacles that effect your weekly miles. The miles are very, very inconsistent.

What type of trailer were you hauling?

I hauled a reefer.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Wine Taster's Comment
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Is it required you take home time? Can you save up a bunch of home time if you choose not to take it often? I thought reefers gave you better chance to have longer hauls (from what I have read). Thanks again for all the help.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Is it required you take home time? Can you save up a bunch of home time if you choose not to take it often? I thought reefers gave you better chance to have longer hauls (from what I have read). Thanks again for all the help.

You can but most companies have a restriction on how many consecutive days you can take off. For example, at Central the most hometime I could take was 5 days. Anything more than that and my DM would need to get it reviewed and approved by upper management. If you're on the road for 10 months, you can't come home for 10 days. I would only get 5 days off for 10 months. Anything more and it would need to go through upper management.

That's why its best to just go home every month. You don't want to get burned out of the job early especially if you're going to be doing it for a long time.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

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.

David's Comment
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10/08

Before Taxes: 34,907.03

After Taxes: 32,226.26

Hey Daniel, thanks for the great info, but I'm kinda worried for you... Wow, only 8 percent taxes? How many kids do you have?shocked.png

Wine Taster's Comment
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10/08

Before Taxes: 34,907.03

After Taxes: 32,226.26

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Hey Daniel, thanks for the great info, but I'm kinda worried for you... Wow, only 8 percent taxes? How many kids do you have?shocked.png

I was thinking that same thing. They only took out a small amount of taxes.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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10/08

Before Taxes: 34,907.03

After Taxes: 32,226.26

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Hey Daniel, thanks for the great info, but I'm kinda worried for you... Wow, only 8 percent taxes? How many kids do you have?shocked.png

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I was thinking that same thing. They only took out a small amount of taxes.

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I don't have any kids. I get Per Diem pay with every paycheck and it usually is enough to even out with taxes.

I obviously didn't include this because if I included everything that comes in a paycheck then it would confuse the heck out of everyone.

Don't know what per diem is? Its basically an additional pay you get every paycheck, but then you won't get as much in your yearly tax return. You can opt for no per diem and get a giant tax return. A lot of companies don't give you a option.

Here's more information about Per Diem.

Thread about Per Diem

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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