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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Prime is great I’m not bashing them but I’ve made more here in 7 almost 8 months then I did at I prime in a year

Yeah, but you would've made probably $10,000 more at Prime your second year than you did your first year. Anyone who is worth their salt in trucking makes a lot more their second year than they do their first. So that's really not a valid comparison. You don't know what raises, bonuses, or additional pay you might have gotten at Prime your second year, and you almost certainly would've turned more miles to boot.

So this is a good example of where this idea comes from that you're supposed to work for a major company for a year and then move on. You've made an apples to oranges comparison between your first and second-year salaries at different companies, not realizing that the jump in pay from your first to your second year in trucking is probably the largest year over year improvement you'll make in your entire career. You would've almost certainly made the same amount of money at Prime as you'll make this year where you're at, or very close to it.

Keep in mind also that you had a year of experience at Prime and now you're starting over again from the bottom. Hopefully, that will make very little difference for you, but it can be a significant difference at times. When you're unproven at a company you're not often going to get the best runs or service their most important accounts. That may limit your mileage opportunities for a short time, which may negate the benefit of a higher CPM that first year with the new company.

These are just things to consider.

I’m not trying to be rude or argue it was just my input

You're doing great. I appreciate you sharing your point of view and your experiences. It's definitely going to help you and others understand the nuances of this industry and some of the advantages or ramifications of changing companies. Sometimes it works out fantastically well, other times it doesn't, but there's a lot to consider before making a move like that.


Cents Per Mile

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I forgot to mention, also, that you did indeed do the key thing we always stress constantly here at Trucking Truth - you stuck with your first company for a full year. That is super important. Now you have the skills to handle that rig a lot better, you understand what it takes to make it in this industry, and you've established a good foundation for your career. That opened up a lot of new opportunities for you at the company you were with and with other companies.

You don't want to keep jumping ship, of course. Hopefully, you can find a place you're happy with and stay there for a number of years. That's when the really, really good perks start coming your way.

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