How Long To Get Paid??

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Andy D.'s Comment
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Hello all,

I've been on this site for quite some time now and absolutely love the insight and info that is provided.

I was looking a few years ago to get into trucking when another opportunity came up I couldn't pass up.

As you can see I am back looking around now as the local economy has really hit my industry pretty hard and trucking never really left my mind.

That being said, my biggest reason for not making the leap is that there is a pretty big gap to get paid. While I understand why that is, it is still a concern. Most programs seem to be 3 weeks or longer to start seeing pay, and some do the option of payroll advances as well ($200).

I live in north Arkansas so my income requirements are definitely not out of reach. The thought of going through the process and not being paid for a month is a concern though. really just trying to stack some cash up in the meantime but that's a little harder to do at the moment.

Any ideas? Curious to know how some of you made it through the pay gap that had a reasonable financial responsibility back home (mortgage, vehicle note, etc)

Thank you for you all do for the country

Rob T.'s Comment
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Any ideas? Curious to know how some of you made it through the pay gap that had a reasonable financial responsibility back home (mortgage, vehicle note, etc)

When i got my cdl 5 years ago I dipped into my 401k and basically emptied it our as I didn't have much in there at 26 yrs old. Money was still rather tight but it held us over. We have been a single income family for the past 7 years so failing wasn't an option. Also had 2 kids still in diapers at the time with one also on formula. Man I'm glad to not have those expenses anymore. One thing others have talked about is selling unnecessary items.

There are a couple companies that pay you $500 or so a week while you earn your Cdl. I believe Roehl and Knight do but make sure you find out before going. Also if there's any LTL companies nearby you could work the loading dock while earning your cdl. Downside is that may take years depending on your location and many of those companies are putting some employees on furlough.

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Millis I think pays during the CDL portion also. I was so far in debt I didn't care. I called the creditors and and asked for extensions.

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.
Davy A.'s Comment
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I went with Knight. You're an employee the day you start school. I got paid 480.00 per week during CDL school, (3 weeks) then went to 800.00 per week during top gun and training (3 weeks total). I then went solo at .46 CPM , now at .50 I received a 1500 bonus at the end of school and another 1500 at the end of training.

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Also if there's any LTL companies nearby you could work the loading dock while earning your cdl

Probably going to be hard finding a LTL company hiring right now. It is getting ugly out here and will probably only get worse.

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
Banks's Comment
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Normally, at this time of year we're at around 120K shipments per day. Right now we're at 105k with projections showing that number dropping to 90-95.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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