Realistic Beginner Driver Pay For Regional Drivers

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I started in mid January, and was with a trainer until 3/22.

My check stub as of 9/6

I am hourly, northeast regional , home on weekends.

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I forgot to mention I had 2 weeks, or close to it, with no truck due to breakdowns.

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.

Old School's Comment
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John, nobody here gets a single dime for giving you advice. We answered your question. So now you're going begging to people who you can't even verify to back up what we're saying? Does that sound logical to you?

Look you will earn everything you get in this job. Some folks do really well, and a lot of others who think they're entitled to more do really poorly. We gave you realistic numbers for your rookie year - that's what you asked for. I'll top 80K this year. I'm almost 7 years in. I bust my tail to do that.

There is no way for us to tell you how much you will make. You will determine that yourself.

Show Me The Money!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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No offense, but is there anyone else out there that can back up what G-town is saying (someone that isn’t a moderator, recruiter or looking for a referral bonus)?

John, I'm guessing you're pretty young - like 20's or early 30's. Am I right? I say that because insulting experienced professionals who are volunteering their time to help you with your career isn't too savvy, to put it mildly. Not to mention, saying "No offense, but" means you knew it was offensive, and you said it anyway. It was only the second comment you've ever made here. The people helping you have been here for many, many years.

That's not too bright.

Being successful in life means doing a lot of things well. Deciding to insult the boss or your mentors is a terrible first impression. Try not to do that.

In a few weeks, I will attend a conference at the Small Business Development Center, which is an organization of highly experienced and successful business professionals who volunteer their time and resources to help small business owners succeed. Do you know what I won't do during the question-and-answer phase of the conference? You guessed it - I won't publicly question the integrity of the highly experienced professionals donating their time to help me succeed.

I also have a professional fitness coach who was a World Cup athlete and has coached World Cup and Olympic athletes for years. Do you know what I don't do? aaaaah.....I'll bet you already know without me saying it. That's fantastic.

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John M.'s Comment
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G-town, I totally meant no disrespect. I’m brand new to this forum/website. I’m just trying to comb through the mountain of BS that companies desperate for workers are piling on these days.

I appreciate all of everyone’s feedback, including yours. I’m sorry if I got the tone of question wrong - if so, it was unintentional.

Thank you all for your time and advice.

- John

Hey John... pardon me but WTF do you think I am here for?

Try writing another response..,more respectful.

John M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the paystub pic. It looks like you might make closer to 50k your first year. How many hours are you usually home on weekends? What’s the over $3000 employee expense reimbursement all about?

Thank you!

I started in mid January, and was with a trainer until 3/22.

My check stub as of 9/6

I am hourly, northeast regional , home on weekends.

0204473001567726171.jpg

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.

JuiceBox's Comment
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If you're a hard worker, and have some common sense and dedication, you can make good money. Not sure about first year doing regional because I did otr my first year. I'm regional now and home most nights and every weekend. I'll make over 80k and that could easily be much more but I like shorter runs that get me home during the week... I'm hauling cars though so there is that. This is only my second year trucking. Goodluck in whatever you chose to do!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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John you mentioned Roehl in your post. They have a strong southeast regional fleet out of atlanta. I suggest you call Kim Calhoun in recruiting and ask her about it. She is a straight forward lady that will give you her best advise as how they run that division. A friend of mine ran it living in Winder Ga and made good money but that was a few years ago. And no I get nothing by referring you to her. If it helps you get some understanding of what your looking for that is great.

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.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Thanks for the paystub pic. It looks like you might make closer to 50k your first year. How many hours are you usually home on weekends? What’s the over $3000 employee expense reimbursement all about?

Thank you!

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I started in mid January, and was with a trainer until 3/22.

My check stub as of 9/6

I am hourly, northeast regional , home on weekends.

0204473001567726171.jpg

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Some of it is actual reimbursements for things like parking, scale fees, engine coolant, but there are also lumper vfees in there. I write a comcheck, and they deduct it from my pay, then reimburse it when I turn in the paperwork. it is just accounting stuff. does not add to my gross

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.

Feanor K.'s Comment
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That comment was bound to get backlash John, given the people who were advising you are some of the most successful and experienced drivers around and donate a ton of time and effort herefor free, but I also understand that you are new here and didn't know anything about them, so it's understandable imo.

I made a thread a while back precisely for people in your position that I will link. Hope it helps!

My Rookie Year Wages (Flatbed)

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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As of 8/22, I had 5 months of driving, 43,392 miles, 1186 hours @ $20 for a total of $23120. That includes no training pay, no tuition reimbursement, nothing.

So annualizing that I would make $55,488 per year, assuming I perform on the same level.

As an hourly driver, I'm paid any time I am driving or on duty.

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