Yearly Pay Numbers For 2019

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Just Mitch's Comment
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Speaking of numbers. I'd be curious to see some total dispatched miles from some of you that are OTR drivers.

I ran 130,000 miles this year. Honestly, I didn't push as hard as I have in some years. I made good money, and I never felt like I was pushing too hard. I'm curious how that compares with others. Any feedback is appreciated.

I’m currently 202 days into driving with swift. 80,000 miles


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.

Jeremy's Comment
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I havnt gotten w-2 from old company yet which is 10 months of my year but since november 1rst and not including this week im already over 17k so im guessing im on pace for over 100k

RealDiehl's Comment
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Meh! Officially started with Prime on 2/27. Was with a trainer for a month and a half. Luckily I have no rent/mortgage, utility, or car payments so I can keep my modest earnings. Next year will be better. Kudos to all you drivers that are raking in the big bucks!


Marc Lee's Comment
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You all are AMAZING!

Thanks so much for sharing this.

Truly inspiring.

PackRat, maybe your heart just wasn't in it!


Chief Brody's Comment
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Realdiehl says:

Meh! Officially started with Prime on 2/27.

While it's nice to see the other big numbers, its my first year that concerns me the most. Your first year numbers are what I expect to make.

So thanks for posting.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Just Mitch says

I’m currently 202 days into driving with swift. 80,000 miles

that's really good. Keep it up!

Turtle's Comment
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RealDiehl, you're selling yourself a little short. Your ytd earnings there only show your miles, fuel / safety bonus, etc. It does not include your travel allowance pay (per diem). While technically not listed as income earnings, it's still money in your pocket that you received for your hard work.

These are my numbers through the first week of October at Prime. Had I stayed the full year, I would have flirted with 80k when including the per diem. Notice the extra line item for travel allowance.


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

Old School's Comment
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This year I took four weeks vacation. Two were paid and two were un-paid. In addition to that, I go home once a month for about four days. I honestly felt like I was on cruise control all year. I turned some good miles, never felt stressed, and made some decent money while out here living large.


RealDiehl's Comment
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Thanks for pointing that out, Turtle. There are so many things listed on the checks that I get confused sometimes (a common state of mind for me).


Jeremy's Comment
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I wasnt sure how it would turn out going with a big nationwide company as it seems alot of people are lower paid than the small company driving i was used to but its been amazing im working less than i ever have while making more than i ever have. Im not bragging im certainly not at the top of the pile either i guess my point is for anyone feeling underpaid or undervalued i promise you drive safe drive hard always be available and be a yes person and not a no person and the industry will open up to you

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