Drivers Pay

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Ray F. (aka. Mongo)'s Comment
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Hello all. It has been a long time since I last checked in or posted here. As the title says driver pay is very stagnant. It really hasn't gone up since about the mid 1970's. I have been looking for a new company to drive for. I am sick or companies saying that they offer industry leading pay. Then only want to pay you .40 cents a mile. That's an insult to the driver. My first driving job started at .48 cpm. We the driver's are the ones that sacrifice everything for this job. Now I know we all have to start somewhere. But once you get some experience. Please do not settle for a mere pentance when you can make more money and have a life also.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

RealDiehl's Comment
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*Following*

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Yeah, RealDiehl, I'm ready...

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PackRat's Comment
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Ohhhh, I'll bite.

How much should drivers paid, Ray F.?

Andrey's Comment
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I would bring to thr table another thing: drivers pay must be a combination of $/hour, cpm and performance bonuses. A driver can spend 30 minutes at two drop and hooks and make 500 miles, or waste 4 hours at two live loads and make only 300 miles. The pay will be very different, and in my opinion it should not be!

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hello all. It has been a long time since I last checked in or posted here. As the title says driver pay is very stagnant. It really hasn't gone up since about the mid 1970's. I have been looking for a new company to drive for. I am sick or companies saying that they offer industry leading pay. Then only want to pay you .40 cents a mile. That's an insult to the driver. My first driving job started at .48 cpm. We the driver's are the ones that sacrifice everything for this job. Now I know we all have to start somewhere. But once you get some experience. Please do not settle for a mere pentance when you can make more money and have a life also.

I thought you were doing rather well at Prime . . . ?!?!? What 'gave?'

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~ Anne ~

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

CajunWon's Comment
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Look at the rate at which carriers are bringing in new to the industry drivers, willing to drive with zero pay under their CLP for a month, then at 7-800/week for a few more months. Its no wonder pay for company drivers is stagnant. Easy for the experienced drivers to be replaced by less demanding newer recruits. Experience does not correlate with measurable skillsets for a graduated pay structure. Drive forward and bump docks while managing HOS and safety score

(In my limited knowledge opinion).

What if the feds mandate minimum wage for up to the 14 hours per day for training recruits? large overnight increase in recruitment costs (won't happen)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Leeva804's Comment
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Hello all. It has been a long time since I last checked in or posted here. As the title says driver pay is very stagnant. It really hasn't gone up since about the mid 1970's. I have been looking for a new company to drive for. I am sick or companies saying that they offer industry leading pay. Then only want to pay you .40 cents a mile. That's an insult to the driver. My first driving job started at .48 cpm. We the driver's are the ones that sacrifice everything for this job. Now I know we all have to start somewhere. But once you get some experience. Please do not settle for a mere pentance when you can make more money and have a life also.

Personally coming up on my one year of experience I’ve done the math these last couple of months regarding CPM. I’m paid per load completed which is not that bad really. The problem seems to be when receivers hold me up. So let’s say a trailer or my tractor have an issue when I come in. I normally can get out the gate in about 40-45 minutes after pre-trip and every thing is done.

But things tend to hold me up and I’m not compensated at all. A few below.

Trucks not fueled by other drivers. Can sometimes be at fuel bay for 15+ minutes.

Stores taking longer than 45 minutes. Anything over 45 minutes I’m working for free at the store.

Loads not being ready when arriving to DC. This is rare but there have been multiple times I’ve waited at least two or more hours unpaid. When brought up to management I get crickets about needing to wait three hours before I can get paid $12.

Traffic hold ups. Rare also locally for me but when it happens losing money.

Pallets falling over no matter how slow or safe you drive. Can easily add an hour plus to your unload.

Stores not being at loading dock and having to spend at least 20 minutes running through a store to find them and get them in the back to unload.

This is mostly expected from trucking but I have to say any driver that’s got experience should not be working cents per mile unless it pays like GP transco and Walmart. There are more good paying cents per mile jobs but not a lot like the two above.

I can honestly say that hourly is the way to go.

In my area hourly is just a beast and the best part is getting paid not matter what you’re doing and that makes you what to max your 70 hour clock every week. If you like to run hard like I do.

Pitt ohio and old dominion recently contacted me wanting to hire me and I turned them down. There pay rates start at $25+ in my area and paid for all sorts of things you do.

I however want to dedicate a full year to U.S express but once a year hits I’m out. And I won’t take any trucking job that doesn’t pay hourly unless it’s Walmart.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

RealDiehl's Comment
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Prime and other companies pay detention. It is no fun sitting on a door for hours, but at least we get some sort of compensation. I think it is like $15/hr. We also get fuel bonuses (n/a for this particular week) and performance bonuses too. I think Kearsey has an example of a paycheck where she adds up all her mileage, bonus, and detention pay, then divides it by her miles to show that her actual cents per mile increases significantly after factoring in the bonuses and detention.

My example below is not typical because I happened to have a couple students overlap. I'm just highlighting the detention pay. Normally, there would be fuel bonus pay as well.

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Jammer a's Comment
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As much as that statement is gonna irk some people on here I agree 100 sure they’re trusting you with the nice equipment and there loads but as long as you get it there safe and on time he’ll yes they owe you!! That’s how I feel and I base my pay on my work ethic there’s an old saying ... you get what you pay for.... it goes both ways look a man / woman in the eye and say I expect you to run 4 weeks or more and then only pay them 2400 $$ and say well there’s a driver shortage lol duh!!

Hello all. It has been a long time since I last checked in or posted here. As the title says driver pay is very stagnant. It really hasn't gone up since about the mid 1970's. I have been looking for a new company to drive for. I am sick or companies saying that they offer industry leading pay. Then only want to pay you .40 cents a mile. That's an insult to the driver. My first driving job started at .48 cpm. We the driver's are the ones that sacrifice everything for this job. Now I know we all have to start somewhere. But once you get some experience. Please do not settle for a mere pentance when you can make more money and have a life also.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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