Prime Gives All Drivers A Raise!

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Daniel B.'s Comment
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You're probably fumbling to click this thread to see what's going on. Yep, Prime gave its drivers a .01c raise. As if we weren't overpaid enough.

Here's all the info:

In the last three years, Prime has increased it's pay by .04cpm.

Student pay during TNT phase with a trainer was 600$ per week gross. That has also been increased to 700$ per week gross. PSD 200$ remains unchanged.

Starting pay increased by .01cpm.

Fuel bonuses have also been changed.

The minimum requirement for a fuel bonus is 7.75MPG, was 7.50MPG.

7.75MPG - .0165CPM

8.0MPG - .024CPM

8.25MPG - .030CPM

8.50MPG - .037CPM

8.75MPG - .043CPM

9.0MPG - .050CPM

9.25MPG - .055CPM

9.50MPG - .060CPM

9.75MPG - .065CPM

10.00MPG - .070CPM

10.25MPG - .074CPM

10.50MPG - .078CPM

10.75MPG - .082CPM

Let me put this in perspective. I now make as a solo driver .445CPM on all miles. If I'm deadheading or bobtailing I'm always staying above 11MPG. So that means, whenever I'm driving but not loaded I'm making over .45CPM. Typical loaded MPG for me is around 8.75, so that means loaded I'm usually making slightly under .45cpm.

Of course the numbers are slightly lower for a driver without any experience. But I started trucking making 350$ during training and .28cpm when solo - and these numbers surely kick butt.

Starting pay for a new driver at Prime has been changed from .42cpm to .43cpm.

Just wanted to let everyone know so we're all caught up.

PS, Anchorman, I can't believe you didn't post about this :)

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

PSD:

Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Heading to Prime on September 8th. This made my day!

Mike H.'s Comment
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This is excellent news!! I should hear on Monday when I'll be starting at Prime. Sometime in September.

TxsGent's Comment
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In the last three years, Prime has increased it's pay by .04cpm.

I haven't even been in a truck yet but am trying to learn all I can before I do.

CPM= cents per mile? If that is true, . 04cpm would be four ten thousands of a dollar?

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Kenneth A.'s Comment
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That just put an even bigger smile on my face for when I start there on the 25th dancing-banana.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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CPM= cents per mile? If that is true, . 04cpm would be four ten thousands of a dollar?

I think he meant 4 cents per mile.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Anchorman's Comment
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PS, Anchorman, I can't believe you didn't post about this :)

Haha I was going to but just never did! Swift, Con-Way, Transport America, and U.S. Xpress all have a pay raise in the works also. I'm sure more companys will follow along also. If anyone is interested I can give you more details.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We've pretty much entered the busiest time of the year when it comes to hiring at trucking companies. Right now everyone is trying to ramp up for back to school sales and then straight into the holiday season. Freight should be very strong from now until about early December. Hiring will stay strong from now through probably the end of October or so. Hiring will slow a bit come November.

So for anyone out there that has their eyes set on a particular opportunity, now is probably the best time to go for it. If you see a job that normally tough to get or requires more experience than you have you might sneak in anyhow.

MidnightCowboy's Comment
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Is this quote for non-experienced drivers on the LW or experienced in standard cabs? If they are offering this to recent grads, I've got to reconsider them. They may have edged out my #1. I was initially concerned with Prime due to the cost of their basic health insurance---about 225 a month for single according to the recruiter and their nearly 3 month training with a DE. Great news but a tougher decision.

Josh E.'s Comment
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Is this quote for non-experienced drivers on the LW or experienced in standard cabs? If they are offering this to recent grads, I've got to reconsider them. They may have edged out my #1. I was initially concerned with Prime due to the cost of their basic health insurance---about 225 a month for single according to the recruiter and their nearly 3 month training with a DE. Great news but a tougher decision.

Crap, I better delete this thread! You guys might take my place!! HAHA. I'm not sure what Swift's insurance is, I was originally going to go with Cargo Transporters but their insurance is pricey for me and my wife, she was not excited about me going with that company. Thinking about Melton and Swift. Con-way truckload has very cheap insurance, $34.50/wk for me and my wife, so I'm considering them. You do start out low with them but after one year you're at $.37cpm and still have inexpensive health insurance. Some companies, like H.O. Wolding and Roehl lower their rates after you're with them for 1 year. I'm not sure if that's industry standard or not but that's what they have on their website.

My most important consideration is pay while my wife's is health insurance. Trying to make the best decision that we BOTH can be happy with because I want to stay with the same company for at least a year. I would have loved to work for CT, I hear nothing but good things about them, most of their guys get 2 days home every week and start off at $.38cpm after training, but I know my wife would've griped about the insurance premiums so that was a no-go.

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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