Driver Pay - Small Or Large Companies

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Bernie W.'s Comment
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I'm just starting out and new to this board. I'm about to start driver school and thinking about employment options. I have a question about weather large companies or small companies pay more. What are the benefits to joining either type of company? Thanks for you replies.

Michael Y.'s Comment
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First off, welcome to TT.

Second, research, research, research. That's the only real way to find out who pays what, and it also boils down to what your personally looking for. OTR , regional , local, type of freight you want to haul, the list goes on and on.

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Welcome!

Here's an article written explaining some things about small vs large companies. I'd suggest reading as much as you can on this website, there's a lot of info on hear. The forum's a great place to ask random questions. A lot of what you're probably wondering has already been written about in detail. By reading the blogs and more importantly the Becoming a Truck Driver section, you'll find lots of answers, and also you'll be able to ask even more questions to help yourself prepare for trucking.

https://www.truckingtruth.com/trucking_blogs/Article-23/choosing-a-truck-driving-job-part-v-comparing-large-trucking-companies-to-small-ones

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.

Bernie W.'s Comment
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OK just to get me down the right path. Im looking for otr jobs. Generally speaking, do small or large companies pay better?

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.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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From what I've gathered, you're not going to be looking at a huge pay gap between small or large companies. What might make more of a difference is what type of freight you're hauling. Also, how many miles you can get.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Hi, click on Truckers Forum, then click on All Topics by Tag. You will find helpful information.

Starcar's Comment
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OK.....I'll give you the quick answer.....The bigger companies are able to pay higher wages because they can get more freight to haul, have more clients, and make the big bucks. The smaller companies have to bid/fight/underbid others for freight...so the cheaper the freight, the the less the company makes, the less they are able to pay their drivers. Of the top paying companies, here are a few....Schneider, Prime, Roehl...and there are alto more. As far as benefits, its the same...the bigger companies are able to offer more. The trade offs ?? Sometimes, at the bigger companies, you are just a number...

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