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Cwc's Comment
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You can also click on anyone's name and it will show you the pictures they have posted if you scroll down. Say for instance they have a picture of a check stub.^🙄 Of their six figures.🤔

andhe78's Comment
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You can also click on anyone's name and it will show you the pictures they have posted if you scroll down. Say for instance they have a picture of a check stub.^🙄 Of their six figures.🤔

Lol, gonna have to do better than that. That 52k picture was in reply to someone asking about FIRST year wages. That’s my first ten months and I made that clear. Those 1900 weekly stubs, that was to show what I was bringing in as a second year driver and that was to back up another flatbed driver who no one believed was bringing in those kind of numbers. 1900 a week average is pretty dang close to six figures a year. And going into my third year, the numbers keep getting better. So what’s the problem here?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Cwc's Comment
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You can also click on anyone's name and it will show you the pictures they have posted if you scroll down. Say for instance they have a picture of a check stub.^🙄 Of their six figures.🤔

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Lol, gonna have to do better than that. That 52k picture was in reply to someone asking about FIRST year wages. That’s my first ten months and I made that clear. Those 1900 weekly stubs, that was to show what I was bringing in as a second year driver and that was to back up another flatbed driver who no one believed was bringing in those kind of numbers. 1900 a week average is pretty dang close to six figures a year. And going into my third year, the numbers keep getting better. So what’s the problem here?

None. If he looks he'll see a first year pay stub. That's kinda what he's been after.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Banks's Comment
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You wouldn't see much difference in your net pay in trucking. Honestly, you may see less. Like others have said, getting into this for money is not a good idea. Being smart and a hard-worker doesn't mean you'll be productive. I've seen people that are very smart have a lot of issues backing up. I've seen people that aren't so smart be able to back a trailer seamlessly. It all depends on ability.

Another problem you're having here is you're counting other peoples money. You're going into this expecting to make what a food driver makes or a Walmart driver makes. You asked why would anyone drive for . 38 CPM when Walmart is paying 0.89 CPM. The answer is very simple. Walmart doesn't hire just anybody. They are very selective and would rather be short staffed than have bodies that are incompetent and not productive.

You read all these advertisements and think "how can a truck driver make this much?". There are a lot of answers to this question.

1) the ad says " up to" which means that's what their top performers are earning.

2) they require experience and pay more to lure people in.

3) it's harder than it seems and they have trouble retaining people. There are companies advertising 75-80K a year for specific accounts like dollar general. Hard to get in, hard to get out and a lot of physical work. Also very risky. Getting preventables for hitting things in these tight areas will make you not hirable.

Trucking jobs aren't all the same. They pay differently for different tasks and different skills. Going into this because some guy makes 70k or because an ad says I can make that much isn't a good reason.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Don's Comment
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Relating to your current occupation, Ask yourself: "Do I still enjoy what I do?" If you say, "yes, I do" and the only reason you are looking to change is financial, don't be hasty in changing. Driving means long work days, and earnings depend on whether you are kept moving (driving miles) amongst other factors. I was a nurse for 32 years. I made great money, but was so burned out I started suffering both mentally and physically. I had to get away from that profession. I made more money as a nurse than I currently do driving, but I enjoy driving much more. I guess what I am trying to say is don't choose driving or any other career for the possibility of a better opportunity to make more money. There are more factors involved that will determine what you can earn as a driver.

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.

Old School's Comment
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Usually people who go into trucking strictly for the money end up getting out of trucking for the same reason. You need to have a better motivation than the financial one.

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I’ve always disagreed with this site about this and have felt you guys romanticize the job too much.

Well Andhe78, since we're all truck drivers here and that's the only point we disagree on... well, I think we're doing pretty good!

I did qualify my statement by prefacing it with "Usually."

PJ's Comment
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Welcome Shannon. You have rec’d great advice so far. Sit down and figure out your priorities. Only you can do that. Read all the various info on this site and you will get a picture of what this industry and lifestyle is about.

The industry is not one size fits all by any means. It is varied more so than any other industry I have seen. However we all started the same. At the bottom as a student. The folks around here are here because we choose to be. No one is paid a cent to be here. We all have a passion for seeing people succeed in this industry. It has become an extended family among many.

Although we are heavily regulated, trust me it will wear you out. Many days all I want to do is grab a shower and crash. It is both mentally and sometimes physicaly challenging. We all have our various reasons for being here, but trust in the fact we are not dummies by any means. Personally I do it to have something to do in life. I am retired but too young to sit around, and yes after 6 years I make a very comfortable living. Doing what I do is in no way for a rookie, but is attainable for someone with the right situation.

I wish you well in your decision making search. Ask whatever you wonder about. The only stupid question is the one not asked.

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.

40 Days's Comment
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I taught high school and college level math and did executive protection on the side before becoming a trucker. Education is irrelevant ask others. I make what you are claiming in training. Rough life but rewarding.

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