Average Starting Pay, Years One Through Three?

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Vince, one more thing to compare pay rate between truckload and LTL (less than truckload) companies. A couple folks gave you good info on what some truckload companies pay during your training. Before I became aware of LTL, I was considering Crete / Shaffer. They pay well for truckload, and their training pay is on the higher end at $500 a week. Prime pays $500 a week, and towards the end of your training, $600 a week. These are flat salaries.

I clear over $700 a week, again this is AFTER taxes, and I am payed hourly until I go solo and earn starting pay of .55 cpm. I work over 40 hours a week at $20.65 an hour during my 4 week training period. It's 12-14 hour days, so I do work long hours, but I'm home every day during my 4 week training and off two days a week. This is just my LTL company, your mileage may vary from company to company.

Again, I'm not putting down the truckload companies or dissuading you from going OTR , but I'm trying to show you that you can make a really good living going LTL. I would've appreciated somebody telling me about this as an option when I started researching trucking as a career, so I'm paying it forward smile.gif


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


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.


Cents Per Mile

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

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