Question Of Which Job I Should Take!?

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Ron Wells's Comment
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Going to a mega would have been my last resort

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Can you give a reasonable argument for that. It makes no sense being that you have zero experience. Don't give us all the nonsense you've heard from drivers you know. Make a decent argument for your comment. I can't fathom how a total newbie thinks he has some sort of insight into this greatly misunderstood industry. Please... help us out here.

Hi , thanks for the input. I don't really have an argument. I would go to a mega last because I personally don't know of many people who went the mega route. Most guys I personally know around here in Seattle started with a smaller company. One of the few guys that did go to a mega was my Trainer in CDL school and he said he was happier at the company that the owner of the school also owns. The owner of the school I have met also and he offered me a chance to become a car hauler. I think my way of thinking is because Seattle has thousands of trucking companies.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Ron Wells's Comment
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Boy, they suckered you in for an awful experience come tax time! You're going to be sorry and broke!

Here's a fact for you: since you are operating their equipment, they cannot consider you an independent contractor, thus what your new, awesome place to work is already breaking the law.

Run the other way now.

Actually I signed a w4 So I will be an employee.

PackRat's Comment
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Boy, they suckered you in for an awful experience come tax time! You're going to be sorry and broke!

Here's a fact for you: since you are operating their equipment, they cannot consider you an independent contractor, thus what your new, awesome place to work is already breaking the law.

Run the other way now.

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Actually I signed a w4 So I will be an employee.

Exactly! You can be one or the other. As an employee, they must take out taxes because you are not an independent contractor. That's who legally gets a 1099.

You didn't sign up to lease their equipment did you?

Ron Wells's Comment
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Hi Guys sorry about the misunderstanding. I signed a W4 form . However the question still remains . How much will a mega pay me to go OTr per day. I have a family to feed

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.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Hi Guys sorry about the misunderstanding. I signed a W4 form . However the question still remains . How much will a mega pay me to go OTr per day. I have a family to feed

Your pay will be dependent on what company you go with as far a training period is concerned. I can almost guarantee that your “training” at a small company will be short and brief. They can’t afford for you to tag along for weeks on end.

After training you will get paid by the mile. Most of the big companies pay close to the same. Different types of freight pay differently. Dry van is the lowest pay and least additional work, Reefer pays a little more with more responsibilities, and Flatbed pays the most but has the most manual labor. So what it will boil down to is how well you “get it”. How ambitious you are. Your stamina to drive for long periods. This industry is performance based. After training bringing home $500-$800 a week at first should be no issue. By the 6 month mark you should be bringing home $700 - $1000 range. I’m sure there are plenty of people will say that my numbers are low. I’m mainly basing it on running dry van. Even then, it all depends on how quickly you figure this lifestyle out.

Honestly what you would probably make at the intermodal job is close to what you would make at a big company. But here is the catch. At the big company you will have benefits. You will be an employee and properly coded as such for tax purposes. That means your employer is paying HALF of your social security. You will have unemployment and Workman’s Comp benefits. Plus many of the big companies will do part of your pay as Per Diem. A legal way of lowering your (and the company’s) tax liability.

Working for a small company was an eye opening experience for me. The guy that owns the small company is an awesome guy and I will definitely keep in contact with him, BUT there are advantages to big companies. Like keeping your equipment up to snuff.

Honestly, I think you would be making a HUGE mistake by not going with a larger company. If the company doesn’t have a 100+ trucks, been around for at least a couple decades and is self insured, It would probably be a mistake to start with them. Learn the job where there is lots of support to help you.

If you noticed I didn’t say it had to be a mega with thousands of trucks, just a company that is big and stable. One that has been around awhile and has proven themselves successful in this industry.

Ultimately it is your choice. Choose wisely.

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.

Intermodal:

Transporting freight using two or more transportation modes. An example would be freight that is moved by truck from the shipper's dock to the rail yard, then placed on a train to the next rail yard, and finally returned to a truck for delivery to the receiving customer.

In trucking when you hear someone refer to an intermodal job they're normally talking about hauling shipping containers to and from the shipyards and railyards.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Great to see you back, Patrick.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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$175 per day and no benefits?????? McDonalds is looking like a better career opportunity for you, especially if you can make it up to assistant manager.

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