$.29 Per Mile

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I just talked to a fellow company driver who is on a GP regional route, home every weekend, and he gets .29 per mile. Is this common? Seems abnormally low to me.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Jamie's Comment
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Seems a bit low, definitely lower then what I started at or anyone I met during orientation that discussed CPM.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

C T.'s Comment
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At that cpm , he's either inexperienced or getting tons of miles. That is an very low pay rate unless there's extras and bonuses.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Bruce K.'s Comment
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He’s been driving for longer than me. He’s regional , I’m OTR. I’m getting .43 at the 120 day mark. He started at .29 and hasn’t got any pay increases. I just don’t understand it.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

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.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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He needs to talk to his fleet manager to find out what he can do better.

Fleet Manager:

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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Does he make multiple stops that he gets additional pay for? For example, if he makes 3 stops a day at $20 per stop, it might make up for low mileage pay.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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He said his best week was 700 take home.

Donna M.'s Comment
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So he is out 120 hours per week for 700$ he’s making $5.83 an hour ? McDonald’s pays better.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Has he ever been late? Taking excessive breaks? Turn down loads? Accidents? All those can make you ineligible to receive a raise.

But he should definitely talk to someone to find out what he can do, it is possible he is due for a raise and it slipped through the cracks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Tractor Man's Comment
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Is part of his cpm being paid in per diem? There are very few companies paying .29 per mile other than some 2nd or 3rd chance companies. Carolina Cargo comes to mind.

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

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