First Year Pay

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Enrico S.'s Comment
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Is the pay for the first year right out of company sponsored school less then desirable or is it reasonable. is it a lot lower then an experienced driver

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Is the pay for the first year right out of company sponsored school less then desirable or is it reasonable. is it a lot lower then an experienced driver

Your first year pay will depend totally on your job preformance. But generally runs between 32k and 34k gross. That's before taxes. The pay is reasonable considering you will have zero experience and being trusted with a $150,000 piece of equipment.

And yes the pay is lower the first year than an experienced drivers and that is the way it should be.

Enrico S.'s Comment
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Is the pay for the first year right out of company sponsored school less then desirable or is it reasonable. is it a lot lower then an experienced driver

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Your first year pay will depend totally on your job preformance. But generally runs between 32k and 34k gross. That's before taxes. The pay is reasonable considering you will have zero experience and being trusted with a $150,000 piece of equipment.

And yes the pay is lower the first year than an experienced drivers and that is the way it should be.

Yes 32k for your first year is not that bad especially with no experience thank for your reply

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That's if everything goes perfect for ya. Now throw in bad weather. Traffic accidents. Rush hour traffic. Delay times at shippers and receivers and about 100,000 other little things and you could easily earn alot less.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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That's if everything goes perfect for ya. Now throw in bad weather. Traffic accidents. Rush hour traffic. Delay times at shippers and receivers and about 100,000 other little things and you could easily earn alot less.

I think a person's reliability and work ethic will play the biggest role in how much they make. Everyone deals with those things you've mentioned. You can still make $32k-$36k or so your first year if your company sees you're a hard working, safe, reliable driver.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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That's if everything goes perfect for ya. Now throw in bad weather. Traffic accidents. Rush hour traffic. Delay times at shippers and receivers and about 100,000 other little things and you could easily earn alot less.

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I think a person's reliability and work ethic will play the biggest role in how much they make. Everyone deals with those things you've mentioned. You can still make $32k-$36k or so your first year if your company sees you're a hard working, safe, reliable driver.

Yes you are correct Brett. I did not mention this though cause working hard and having a good work ethic is something a driver can control. I was only naming stuff that is for the most part out of a drivers hands.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PR aka Road Hog's Comment
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Absolutely all about driver performance. Prove to your dispatcher that you are willing to run hard and you can slap that 32k into the ground. Hit your performance bonuses and 40k is a real number.

Dispatcher:

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.
RedGator's Comment
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I made 42000 my rookie year but keep in mind I worked damn near 365 days that year.

Scott B.'s Comment
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How much of that 42 did Elton John charge you for the sunglasses?rofl-2.gif

Randall H's Comment
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I made 42000 my rookie year but keep in mind I worked damn near 365 days that year.

Who did you start with? What was the pay like to start? Did you start out team driving?

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