Prime Inc - Company Driver Travel Allowance? What Exactly Is Travel Allowance ?

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J.P. Millions's Comment
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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

Its the per diem and not taxed. 8cpm of our pay is non taxed, and shows seperately from the gross pay. Im doing a video on it shortly showing actual pay stubs.

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

J.P. Millions's Comment
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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

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Its the per diem and not taxed. 8cpm of our pay is non taxed, and shows seperately from the gross pay. Im doing a video on it shortly showing actual pay stubs.

Thanks for the reply. I spoke with a recruiter who told me Prime doesn't have any dedicated routes?!? To the best of your knowledge is this true? He said the NE regional is full; no worries there but when I pressed about the SE or Midwest regional devisions, he said Prime only has the NE and OTR. That's not what I read in the forums. Any info on current dedicated routes?

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Turtle's Comment
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Prime has dedicated "customers", not routes. Being dedicated to the same customer will often keep you in the same region. To my knowledge, most dedicated positions are nearly always filled.

They do have more regional positions also. NE, SE, Western 11, Texas flatbed, are some that I know of.

With the recent decline in hiring, Prime may be at capacity in those regional positions. Your recruiter should be up on the latest scoop.

Even regional drivers are often subject to loads going outside of their normal region. Being flexible enough to take those loads as they come will serve you well in the long run.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Donna M.'s Comment
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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

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Its the per diem and not taxed. 8cpm of our pay is non taxed, and shows seperately from the gross pay. Im doing a video on it shortly showing actual pay stubs.

Rainy could u please explain detention and the exact details. I seem to have a misconception of the details.

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I'm new to Prime and have seen company drivers online mention travel allowance as part of their pay without going into any detail about it. What exactly is travel allowance for company drivers with Prime Inc, how is the amount determined and how does it factor into your over all income working for Prime Inc. ?

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Its the per diem and not taxed. 8cpm of our pay is non taxed, and shows seperately from the gross pay. Im doing a video on it shortly showing actual pay stubs.

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Thanks for the reply. I spoke with a recruiter who told me Prime doesn't have any dedicated routes?!? To the best of your knowledge is this true? He said the NE regional is full; no worries there but when I pressed about the SE or Midwest regional devisions, he said Prime only has the NE and OTR. That's not what I read in the forums. Any info on current dedicated routes?

Southeast Regional only gets like 1700 miles a week, which is why my FM doesnt want them on his fleet. they get paid by the miles.

There is a Reed City MI to Murfreesboro TN that gets 3000 miles a week. Also in the NE Ventura foods, Railex, one local in Bensalem and one between Bordentown and swedesboro NJ. sometimes there are beer or meat routes created during the holidays, but they only last a couple months. Also, NE routes are dispatched out of Pittston PA. If i wanted one of them, i have to give up my FM. And... all of the regional/dedicated are lightweights unless you are a trainer.

there is a lot of competition.

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

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.

Fm:

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.

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Donna... detention pays starting at 2 hours after the appt or the DDT. you get paid when the customer pays which could be months or the same week. also each customer contraxt is different so amounts vary it usually says on the load assignment page

Southern Dad's Comment
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I have to say that the real compensation information shared by Kearsey, caused me to look at one more trucking company. Thank you for being so willing to show real data. It helps explain per diem , in real numbers. It also gives an idea of what kind of miles you are running each week. This forum is really about sharing and educating people who are thinking about getting into the industry. It should be mandatory reading before getting the keys.

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

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I have to say that the real compensation information shared by Kearsey, caused me to look at one more trucking company. Thank you for being so willing to show real data. It helps explain per diem , in real numbers. It also gives an idea of what kind of miles you are running each week. This forum is really about sharing and educating people who are thinking about getting into the industry. It should be mandatory reading before getting the keys.

Just stay away from leasing. Ill do a video soon on that too... but honestly it isn't worth it. and I did one video adding up my overhead costs to be $28,000 if I were to go local... and that didn't include the furniture in the apartment I would need to buy since I live in my truck. So to have the same cash flow I would NEED to make $100,000. for now, I love life ;)

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

Southern Dad's Comment
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When I first started thinking about trucking, a person, who is an owner/operator, with your company, that really loves trucking told me how lucrative it was to be an owner/operator. I am just not enthused about buying a job. That means owner/operator is out for me. I've subscribed to your YouTube channel. I've always wanted to do a podcast and a YouTube channel. Lord knows, I watch way too much YouTube.

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I have to say that the real compensation information shared by Kearsey, caused me to look at one more trucking company. Thank you for being so willing to show real data. It helps explain per diem , in real numbers. It also gives an idea of what kind of miles you are running each week. This forum is really about sharing and educating people who are thinking about getting into the industry. It should be mandatory reading before getting the keys.

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Just stay away from leasing. Ill do a video soon on that too... but honestly it isnt eorth it. and i did one video adding up my overhead costs to be $28,000 if i were to go local... and that didnt inckude the furniture in the apartment i would need to buy since i live on my truck. So to habe the same cash flow i would NEED to make $100,000. for now, i love life ;)

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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