Can You Make $15000-30000 A Month As A Truck Driver?

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Slavik T.'s Comment
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Hi. I'm interested in driving a truck. I saw one russian blogger on YouTube, where he says that he earns $180000 per year as a simple driver in the United States. Now he bought one truck and says that now he makes a lot more. His driving experience 2 years. This is true? Can I earn that much too?

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Probably not. To start you can expect an average of 40k to 50k your first year. We start at lower pay and there is a learning curve. I have been averaging about 60k gross per year.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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He’s not making that much money, the truck is. That 180k is truck revenue, not what he’s actually holding on to after all expenses. Honestly, 180 in truck revenue for a year is nothing to brag about.

Jamie's Comment
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He’s not bringing that much home after all the expenses as an owner op. Most of them love to brag about the total revenue they make but not what they actually bring home after taxes, repairs, fuel, etc.

As a company driver, I’m set to make 83k gross by the end of the year.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Another thing to factor in are the rates. Right now, they’re high and everyone is loving it. I’ll be curious to see how he feels when they do because given his level of experience, he only knows high rates. Wait until he’s pulling the same loads for half and I’ll bet he changes his tune.

Old School's Comment
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I completely agree with what Robert is saying. This guy is talking about revenues not income. It is sad how many O/Os don't understand the difference. I also agree that $180,000 in revenue tells an experienced driver that he's not really doing all that well. The rates are high these days, and he should be able to produce more than that. I'd venture a guess that he is making about $65,000/year. He just doesn't understand business. He will learn it eventually. It has realities that hit hard when they decide to.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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First, I'm not sure what a "simple" driver is. Secondly yes you can absolutely MAKE that much...but what you make and what you keep are two different things. After the trucks expenses and fuel, no, he is not KEEPING that much. In the last 4 weeks I MADE $27123.44 but only kept a portion of that. It also looks like at least 10 or 11 days he is claiming there and 5100 miles which he could not legally run in one week. Take anything you see on YouTube with a grain of salt as most of it is not true.

So the simple answer is no, you cannot earn that much as earned money is what you get to keep.

Kerry L.'s Comment
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Hi. I'm interested in driving a truck. I saw one russian blogger on YouTube, where he says that he earns $180000 per year as a simple driver in the United States. Now he bought one truck and says that now he makes a lot more. His driving experience 2 years. This is true? Can I earn that much too?

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The only way I could see it happening is if he had money to invest and after buying one truck then bought more trucks, set up his own authority, and lastly hired drivers to drive those trucks. Even an O/O team would have difficulty making that much in a year after expenses. If this guy is talking about grossing that much per year, he better be making twice that or basically be broke from the expenses of operating his own truck.

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