How Much Can You Earn As A Truck Driver?

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Max S.'s Comment
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Hi there!

Question to experienced drivers: how much do you earn in US? And which company employees you?

Thank you so much!

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Too many variables , depends who you drive for, how you are paid. Local lot of times is by the hour, over the road usually paid so many cents per mile. More experience, and safe driving you work your way up to higher pay rates.

I started at 31 cents a mile, 1 year at the company, I was at .47 cent per mile. Then they gave out company wide raises to drivers with 1 year or more, to .60 cents per mile. Calling it "Driver Retention" raise. First full year, as team driver I made $36,000+ gross learning the ropes to be more productive at my job.

After, 22 months, I left my 1st training company, took 5 months off. When my savings from that job was going down, I went to another company nearby, for .59 cents a mile, driving solo, 3000-3700 miles a week. Some weeks 2500 miles. Drove there 4 months until retirement kicked in, was able to save $20,000 cash, since I was taking home between $6,000+, to $7200 a month including some extra BIG bonus's I'd gotten, in the 1st 3 months of this year when I turned in my truck.......Close to 3 years driving, never hit anything or got any tickets driving them monsters hahaha

So, IF I'd stayed there a full year, and miles n pay remained near that much a month, I was on track to maybe make over $80,000 or more. So it all depends on lots of different factors, BUT average new 1st year drivers, can make $40-50,000+ just depends....NEVER made as much in my life as a diesel/or auto mechanic in nearly 40 years, most I made was close to 40k gross*

I have a brother who's driven for UPS, almost 40 years now, and he/they make close to $40 an hour x 60+ hour weeks. My buds bro drives there too,for the last 38 years, my bro got him in back then, so he tells me what they earn, and seen his pay stubs lol

Over The Road:

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.

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