*sigh* Western Express

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Wanderlost's Comment
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Need I say more? Smh.

Paid today. 0.17/mile. What the actual heck?

Send message to DM. His response? “Your rate depends on what the customer pays”. Really? That’s news to me. So ALL the customers we delivered to last week ONLY paid 0.17/mile? Did we get the LEAST paying loads ALL last week?

Just unreal. I knew this company was bad. Didn’t realize it was THIS bad. At this rate, we will be paying them to work. Counting down the months until we can go somewhere else.

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.
G-Town's Comment
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Are you teaming? Sounds like you are... Aren’t you also getting 17cpm for your teammate’s mileage?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Tractor Man's Comment
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Are you teaming? Sounds like you are... Aren’t you also getting 17cpm for your teammate’s mileage?

Sounds like 34 cpm for the truck, split between the drivers. Theoretically, a team truck can do twice the miles of a solo truck, so that .17 would be equal to .34 solo. 5000 miles x .34 is $1700. 850 per driver. Equivalent to 2500 x .34 for solo driver $850. 34 cpm may be a bit low for a rookie driver but not by much.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I believe Old School started with WE. Maybe he can shed some light on the pay structure over there.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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It could also be the per diem. Ours says "rate 36cpm" and is taxed then the perdiem is added at 8cpm. Many newbies just want to argue that they are getting shorted the 8cpm.

i would ask payroll to explain it because your FM sounds like he expects you to know.

Fm:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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

C T.'s Comment
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Brett we really need a popcorn smiley on here.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Brett we really need a popcorn smiley on here.

You are ready to bust out the popcorn already? You need at least 30- 40 replies to consider picking all of those hulls out of your teeth!

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cwc's Comment
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Brett we really need a popcorn smiley on here.

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You are ready to bust out the popcorn already? You need at least 30- 40 replies to consider picking all of those hulls out of your teeth!

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Nah I'm with CT, popcorn smiley seems appropriate for this post.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete's Comment
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I just finished my popcorn before opening this thread though. I would like to ask one thing though. How in all that is holy do you not know what you will get paid? I mean when I was a kid and offered to do lawn work for people around the neighborhood I would talk to the homeowner about what fee I would receive when the job was completed. You just jump in a truck and head on down the road for a week or two and hope for the best?

Old School's Comment
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I knew this company was bad. Didn’t realize it was THIS bad.

That comment begs the question, "Why did you start your driving career there?" It actually raises a lot of questions like, "How would you (a total noob) know it's a bad company?" Or how about, "How is it that other drivers are doing well at that company while you are doing poorly?"

Wanderlust, this is not a good start for you. It sounds like the start of every whining trucker wannabe on the internet who always blames their total lack of understanding of how to make a go of this on their lousy employer. Do you want to learn how to make money at this or do you just prefer pointing your finger and blaming someone, or some entity, who is hoping like crazy that you'll be one of the few who has the gumption to be successful at this rewarding career.

You are the driver. You are the one who will produce results or not. Rookies don't make a fortune, and poorly performing rookies barely make anything. Trucking companies don't subsidize poor performers, but they do reward those who produce results. Do you want to talk about it and learn something, or are you content to wait around for greener pastures to magically appear?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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