The Ups, And Downs, Of A Rookie Drivers Pay

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Trucktographer's Comment
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Figured I'd break down my first 2 months out as a solo driver. Even though I technically picked up my truck in October, it was in the shop so much that I just think of November as my true start. For each week I'll note the miles driven, gross pay, and net pay. The reason for both is that some new drivers don't realize that some costs on the road come out of pocket but then get reimbursed later on. This can cause wide swings in your pay, week to week, as you are about to see.

I'm currently at the .33cpm pay rate, and take part in Swifts per diem program. If the amounts are waaaaay off I'll include a little blurb to explain why (if I can remember).

Nov. 04 - 921 miles, 417.15 (gross), 124.67 (net)

Company advances for hotels while truck was in the shop ate up this check. I got this money back later once I got the correct authorization numbers from my DM.

11/10 - 2,375 miles, 751.37 (gross), 878.75 (net)

11/18 - 2,579 miles, 633.15 (gross), 713.96 (net)

11/25 - 2,231 miles, 581.49 (gross), 619.92 (net)

12/02 - 1,474 miles, 384.26 (gross), 479.77 (net) Short week after coming back from home time.

12/09 - 1,380 miles, 381.26 (gross), 382.02 (net)

Under weather after getting back on the road, I didn't push myself at all...just delivered on time, not my usual early.

12/16 - 2,623 miles, 616.97 (gross), 713.16 (net)

12/23 - 2,907 miles, 692.99 (gross), 753.13 (net)

12/30 - 1,373 miles, 356.03 (gross), 284.75 (net)

Another short week with some hometime. But I just put in another 2,900 mile week, and I'm on pace this week to do the same.

Not huge money, but I'm paying my bills. That is what matters.

I have 0 accidents/incidents. 0 late deliveries. 0 service failures. And I'm climbing the internal Swift Driver Rankings. My main goal right now is to continue proving to Swift I can roll the miles, safely and efficiently.

Dm:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Sean's Comment
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Nice break down brother. I like how you condensed your month(s). I would be satisfied with that after my first couple months. Thanks for sharing/posting!

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Justin N.'s Comment
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How is it that your net is bigger than your gross?

Either way you are doing a lot better than I did when I first started out.

Sean's Comment
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How is it that your net is bigger than your gross?

Either way you are doing a lot better than I did when I first started out.

Probably a copy and paste issue or something. He got it right on 12/30! I had no problem figuring out what he meant.

Trucktographer's Comment
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Good question. It all comes down to the per diem.

No typos. When I'm on actual computer I'll do screen shots so you can see it.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Michael H.'s Comment
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Good question. It all comes down to the per diem.

No typos. When I'm on actual computer I'll do screen shots so you can see it.

You are making good money thus far keep it up how much home time do you get?

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Belluavir's Comment
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Thanks fo that, not too shabby, most weeks you make about what i make in two weeks at my current jobs.

RedGator's Comment
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The reason the gross is less than net is due to per diem. Per diem is added after all taxes and deductions have been taken.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Sean's Comment
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So do you have to pay taxes on per diem at the end of the year?

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

Brian M.'s Comment
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So do you have to pay taxes on per diem at the end of the year?

Depends, If you receive 59.00 or less per day in per diem taxes do not have to be paid. This is money that you receive to supplement the cost of being away from home. In fact if you don't receive a per diem you can take a 59.00 a day tax deduction for every 24 hour span on the road. Just remember the days you sleep in your own bed are not fully deductible. There is the ability to take 75% of the deduction for partial days but please ask a tax expert that knows the trucking business first before you attempt it.

Per Diem:

Getting paid per diem means getting a portion of your salary paid to you without taxes taken out. It's technically classified as a meal and expense reimbursement.

Truck drivers and others who travel for a living get large tax deductions for meal expenses. The Government set up per diem pay as a way to reimburse some of the taxes you pay with each paycheck instead of making you wait until tax filing season.

Getting per diem pay means a driver will get a larger paycheck each week but a smaller tax return at tax time.

We have a ton of information on our wiki page on per diem pay

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