OTR Living Costs

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Michael B.'s Comment
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Can someone help me get my arms around the daily, weekly living costs of an OTR driver. For a minimum there are food, laundry, showering, entertainment, etc. I know starting at .25 CPM and running 2500 miles per week (which may be high) brings home a whopping $625 per week. After Uncle Sam and my state takes 25- 30% that leaves me about $450. If the daily costs add up to $25/ day or $175/ week then the net pay is about $275 a week. Maybe $25 a day is high? But Subway for 3 meals is $24. Maybe $25 is too low. Can those with experience help me understand this better? Thank you.............

OTR:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
no chin's Comment
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Can someone help me get my arms around the daily, weekly living costs of an OTR driver. For a minimum there are food, laundry, showering, entertainment, etc. I know starting at .25 CPM and running 2500 miles per week (which may be high) brings home a whopping $625 per week. After Uncle Sam and my state takes 25- 30% that leaves me about $450. If the daily costs add up to $25/ day or $175/ week then the net pay is about $275 a week. Maybe $25 a day is high? But Subway for 3 meals is $24. Maybe $25 is too low. Can those with experience help me understand this better? Thank you.............

i think that would be a fairly accurate statement but not all companies will start at .25 cmp some start higher. prime starts at .42 cpm. plus you can save money by getting a mini fridge and hitting up walmart once a week or every couple of weeks.

OTR:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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.25cpm starting. Yeah... Don't do that. If you're cheap and like to cook in your truck like me then you can survive on 30$ a week. I do about 140$ in a month but I cook almost exclusively in my truck. No truck stop food here and rarely any fast food.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Big H's Comment
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I've been over the road for 6 months now with Schneider. hate to tell you this but starting at 25 cents a mile is a rip off! I started at 30 and get 3 cents raise every 3 months not to mention the sign on bonus, quarterly bonus and tuition reimbursement of $150 flat rate a month! as far as costs it's not cheap those truck stops are very expensive to shop I have a mini fridge I keep my breakfast food in it and do my shopping at walmart once in a week and save on dinners too. showers are free as long as you buy 50 gallons of desile (which I'm sure you will buy alot more than that every 2 days) lundry is a 2 dollars more than anywhere else.

Good luck to you!

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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