What Would A Good Cpm Be For A New Driver In 2024?

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Apply everywhere and then compare your offers. It doesn't make sense to only focus on who's paying the most then not get an offer. Besides, you may hear that company XYZ pays a certain amount BUT you're offered more because your location allows you to get on a certain account that pays better. You can use this link to Apply For Truck Driving Jobs. You fill out an application and it's sent to multiple companies. There are many companies not included that hire inexperienced drivers such as Swift, Schneider, CFI, C.R. England, Trans Am and many many more.

At .40 cpm and 2800 miles, it would be a gross of 1,120 per week. Doesn’t sound too bad until you divide $1,120 by 70 hours per week. Then it’s $16 per hour. What does flipping burgers pay per hour?

If it's taking you 70 hours to drive 2800 miles you have bigger problems in my opinion. Even if you only use 63 hours of your 70 for the drive line (giving 7 hours of pre/post, fueling, checking in etc. ) you're averaging 44 1/2 MPH. The last 2 weeks have been very well for me. Looking at my paysheet that I received for last week's check I grossed $2705 for 2292 miles, 33 stops and 5 hours of detention. All my time from when I show up until I go home is either on duty or driving but still only had 55 hours for the week. Last week (this week's check) I had 2610 miles with 33 stops hardly any detention time and still only was at work from 57 hours grossing just shy of $2800. This past week I had 2 days that were 600 mile routes on quite a bit of 2 lane 55 mph roads. These past 2 weeks are the exception and paid much better than normal but even on a normal week I'm over 2000 miles with somewhere around 20 stops around 50 hours off my 70. Due to the type of job I have though each stop is less than 30 minutes 99% of the time. BUT I also have far more time spent on city streets off the highways and by-ways. As a whole though, I agree many drivers aren't paid enough for the sacrifices that go into it. However the nature of the industry doesn't have much wiggle room to increase wages drastically because there will always be someone willing to do it cheaper.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Sandman J's Comment
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When I went solo at the end of '22, I started at either 43 or 45cpm, don't remember which, but started 2cpm higher for passing my CDL on the first try. My company did 2cpm raises for the first six months.

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.

Big Scott's Comment
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Get in wherever you can. CPM doesn't matter if the miles aren't there. Most companies are hurting for freight and there are hundreds of experienced drivers needing work. Companies large and small are shutting down.

Good luck.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

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