Paths To Making GOOD Money As A Truck Driver?

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I forgot to say because I am single with no kids I get corn holed by Uncle Sam and the great state of Illinois to the tune of around $600 a week.

Auggie69's Comment
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I forgot to say because I am single with no kids I get corn holed by Uncle Sam and the great state of Illinois to the tune of around $600 a week.

You and me both. Gross $2100 minus $600 taxes. MD can KMA next year . Moving to FL

Figuring LTL is easy. Our longest run is 660 miles a day. Those drivers are home every night. So 660 miles X 5 days is $2310 a week NOT including task pay every day

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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Since we're doing this, I've labled each week as a 5 or 6 day. At every week with 5, I could've chosen 6 and that would've increased the gross by 1-1.5k. And even then there were probably opportunities every day to get more hours.

It's a me problem for not wanting to work more, but then again I don't want to work more! rofl-2.gif

This season's pay

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Chief Brody's Comment
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I think Brett should retitle this thread to SNL Weekend Update point-counterpoint:

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Leeva804's Comment
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I forgot to say because I am single with no kids I get corn holed by Uncle Sam and the great state of Illinois to the tune of around $600 a week.

Man they’re killing you!!! I was offered a six figure job with Estes and was so mad when they didn’t hire me lol. I didn’t have hazmat tanker, or doubles but I was only a week from getting it at the DMV.

They were gonna start me at 68 cents a mile! If I worked a sixth day I would have easily cleared six figures!

But it all worked out I landed a gig at Fedex Ground with a good contractor. I’m at 82K+ a year. I’m happy as a champ home daily and weekends off. But I’ll say this that 100K is nice man. I look forward to the day I get there.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Ciaran M.'s Comment
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There is a big shortage Around the Globe in most western Countries , many young people want a life these Days and don’t want to go into Trucking , but the Large salaries especially in North America are tempting .

JuiceBox's Comment
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Don't forget about car hauling. I started hauling cars with only one year of driving experience. Best thing about car hauling for me, no wait at loading or unloading because I load and unload my truck. Takes me an hour to load and half hour to unload on average. I'm home every night with a layover here and there but mostly because I chose to layover to be productive. Anyway yea 100k is easy to do in car hauling if you want to work.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Solo's Comment
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I just started doing Linehaul w/ XPO and while they started me out at top pay (100k+), the new drivers they are putting through school will still come very close to and even exceed 90k gross in their first year...should they make it.

Linehaul (IMHO) = great work

Linehaul + dockwork (open dock) = tough night

But if you're young and/or money is your motivator, then LTL is hiring and putting new drivers through CDL school.

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Don't forget about car hauling. I started hauling cars with only one year of driving experience. Best thing about car hauling for me, no wait at loading or unloading because I load and unload my truck. Takes me an hour to load and half hour to unload on average. I'm home every night with a layover here and there but mostly because I chose to layover to be productive. Anyway yea 100k is easy to do in car hauling if you want to work.

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Hay, JUICE BOX! Somebody 'dug up' this thread for other reasons, and YOUR post stood out to ME!

You started this last post with 'DON'T FORGET,' well dang, I (and WE,) didn't!

Ya still killing it? Rockin' those numbers? Car Hauling is a largely 'untouched' subject on TT, sure would be GREAT IF YOU could start a NEW thread on such, for some of our new(er) members! ?!?!?

Hope this finds you well, man. Yeah, we've been MISSING ya. Old School and G'Town mentioned you a week or 3 ago, and I made a mental note to 'find' you... and then my 18 y/o son, erased my dry erase marker on the mind; sorry! Erroll V. spoke of you a few months ago, too. You never showed!

Really hoping this finds you well, man. A 'DEDICATED' THREAD on this (exactly, this!) would ROCK us ALL!

T.I.A. !! (Thanks in Advance, lol...)

~ Anne ~

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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I just started doing Linehaul w/ XPO and while they started me out at top pay (100k+), the new drivers they are putting through school will still come very close to and even exceed 90k gross in their first year...should they make it.

Linehaul (IMHO) = great work

Linehaul + dockwork (open dock) = tough night

But if you're young and/or money is your motivator, then LTL is hiring and putting new drivers through CDL school.

Solo !!!

Omigoshio! So GREAT TO HEAR, man! Gawd, we missed you, too!!

No more 'milk hauling?' That really WAS a great gig for you though, yes?!?!? I guess it ran it's course.

Could you please...start a THREAD on this, for the new(er) peeps?!?!? Or, ADD TO Bobcat Bob's and Banks' thread about LTL. Or, G'towns!

Really, good to hear from ya, and see how well you are doing! (Update your bio,but leave the old stuff for us old peeps, haha!) Daniel B. is rocking it w/ ODFL himself now, also. Training or something 'confidential' as he told 'me...' Lol!

G'Town (if you didn't see/read) finally moved on (sadly) after 9 years with Swift (Swift/Knight) after training and ALL; moving to DE, it wasn't feasible anymore... and HE'S LTL with PFG!

I'm so happy to hear from ya, man.

Best!~

~ Anne ~

ps: CONGRATS of the HUGEST KIND! Show these (many!) newer peeps we have, that it CAN be done!

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.

LTL:

Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier

Linehaul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
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