Starting Pay For TMC Transport?

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Eric H.'s Comment
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I’m looking at applying with TMC Transport and going through their CDL training program. Anyone else start out with them? My wife is agreeable with me making the career move as long as I’m making what I make now driving a straight truck — still gotta pay the bills. Anyone know how much they pay during the training and first year?

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.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Try looking at their website. TMC website

Old School's Comment
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Are you getting paid by the hour in that straight truck job? If so, TMC's pay structure will be very different for you. We have no idea of your annual income, but we've seen some other rookie drivers earn about 55,000 dollars at TMC. Your income will increase as you develop your understanding of their system of doing things, and of course your increased proficiency will help also.

Leeva804's Comment
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I’m looking at applying with TMC Transport and going through their CDL training program. Anyone else start out with them? My wife is agreeable with me making the career move as long as I’m making what I make now driving a straight truck — still gotta pay the bills. Anyone know how much they pay during the training and first year?

Letting you know right now I knew at least four solo drivers making $700-800 gross a week or less driving for TMC. Neither hardly ever grossed $1000 gross a week. One of my friends shared checks making constant $800 gross checks and he was working hard. Even when he stayed out a month the most he and two other friends made was $1000.

I didn’t make it through TMC training so I opted to U.S Express and once my friend from TMC say I was pulling home $1340-1440+ a week on a local account that pushed him to leave TMC. He’s now a local driver making $18 an hour. Has shown me his checks making $1400-1600 a week now. Says best decision he made after six months with them.

But when I was with my trainer at TMC he made 100K last year with them as a trainer. So you can make money with TMC. I saw my trainer make $700 in one day from a load once. Totally got better loads than solo drivers

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.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Your friend is working 90 hour weeks? Thats how long he would have to work at $18 and make 1600 in a week.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Your friend is working 90 hour weeks? Thats how long he would have to work at $18 and make 1600 in a week.

18 * 40 = 720

1600 - 720 = 880

880 / ( 18 * 1.5) = 32.5

40 + 32.5 = 72.5

PackRat's Comment
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I grossed around $5400 this month. A low month of just over 10,000 miles driving in 24 days. Two days off at home, and five days in the shop for a rebuild.

PJ's Comment
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His friend or he forgot to mention he is a lease operator at TMC. That 700 was most likely was his gross revenue on a load. One small but in that, that is gross before expenses and taxes. I’m not that impressed with that number.

I have no idea what TMC starts out at but I’m sure they are competitive, otherwise they wouldn’t have any drivers. I have met a few over time and they seem very happy.

Jay F.'s Comment
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TMC does percentage of the load. You start off at 26%. Based on meeting certain things your pay can increase to 34 percent. However you have to be with TMC at least 3 years I believe to reach that top pay.

My trainer who was with TMC 11 years was making around 90K I personally didn’t make it out of training, but stay in contact with my 13 classmates. Some are still there after 8 months but nobody is making great money. Realistically I think a new driver could make 45-50k tops if you come home every weekend.

Leeva804's Comment
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Your friend is working 90 hour weeks? Thats how long he would have to work at $18 and make 1600 in a week.

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18 * 40 = 720

1600 - 720 = 880

880 / ( 18 * 1.5) = 32.5

40 + 32.5 = 72.5

He get’s overtime I don’t think you factored in that. 27x28 hours after 40

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