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Wanderer 's Comment
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Need to join a company sponsored training. I need to make a certain amt due to financial obligations. Which company I can get the most bang, during training and after.

Company Sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Roehl pays you during schooling, 500 a week I think.

As far as after training you should have no problem making money with any of the large companies if you can prove yourself to be reliable. It should really come down to home time, and what type of freight you want to haul and where.

G-Town's Comment
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Realistically? $40,000 is a reasonable expectation for your first year no matter what company you work for.

Trucking is a performance based industry. Top performers make top money. During your first year you are basically being paid to learn.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I need to make a certain amt due to financial obligations. Which company I can get the most bang, during training and after.

This situation can be a blessing and a curse. The hardest working, most ambitious drivers are going to make the most money so in that way it's a blessing. But it also takes some time to get through training and learn how to manage your time and perform well enough to earn solid money in the beginning.

It's not uncommon these days with higher salaries in recent years for first year drivers to make $50,000, but it's also not uncommon for a driver to last a few weeks or months before realizing that trucking was far more difficult and demanding than they expected.

If you put pressure on yourself right from the start to make as much money as possible you have to be careful about having realistic expectations. You're starting from zero in an industry that's stressful, performance based, and incredibly demanding. You're already going to be rather exhausted and overwhelmed by your job duties most of the time. If you add the stress of finances into the mix it can become too much.

There is no particular company or type of freight that's going to earn you more than the rest. It's the type of driver you turn out to be that's going to determine how much money you make and how successful you become.

We highly suggest you find a way to put some money away so you're not under so much financial pressure in the beginning. Plan on those first few months being lean. There's no guarantee you're going to get a ton of miles and make great money right away.

Also beware of making short term decisions when it comes to the company and schooling you choose. Most people wind up in financial difficulties because of a series of shortsighted decisions and a lack of discipline. If you jump into trucking with unrealistic expectations or you choose a path because you're only thinking about the pay during training you could make the problem much worse.

So think long term, pick the company you feel will suit you best, and try to get a cushion saved up so you're not under so much pressure in the beginning. Plan on making $40,000 your first year, knowing you can do considerably better if you perform really well, but there are no guarantees.


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