What Is A Realistic Expectation For First Year Salary?

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Snappy's Comment
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Ok, so I just got my last check, and I'm feeling pretty hopeless right now. Going back through my pay history and doing some basic addition, I made $1533.20 net for the month of December. Some simple multiplication shows that if that's all I can expect, I'll net about $18300 - $18400 my first year.

Is this normal? I haven't even ttaken any home time since I left on November 3rd. Am I getting screwed? What can I do to make this better? I can make more flipping burgers than driving at this rate. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Scott O.'s Comment
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Ok, so I just got my last check, and I'm feeling pretty hopeless right now. Going back through my pay history and doing some basic addition, I made $1533.20 net for the month of December. Some simple multiplication shows that if that's all I can expect, I'll net about $18300 - $18400 my first year.

Is this normal? I haven't even ttaken any home time since I left on November 3rd. Am I getting screwed? What can I do to make this better? I can make more flipping burgers than driving at this rate. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Most of that pay was training correc????? I'm sure you could at least make 400 to 600 a week depending on loads and break downs but that should be the average

Snappy's Comment
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Ok, so I just got my last check, and I'm feeling pretty hopeless right now. Going back through my pay history and doing some basic addition, I made $1533.20 net for the month of December. Some simple multiplication shows that if that's all I can expect, I'll net about $18300 - $18400 my first year.

Is this normal? I haven't even ttaken any home time since I left on November 3rd. Am I getting screwed? What can I do to make this better? I can make more flipping burgers than driving at this rate. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Most of that pay was training correc????? I'm sure you could at least make 400 to 600 a week depending on loads and break downs but that should be the average

Nope, I didn't inlude training time. That's all regular pay. I was finished with training before Thanksgiving.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Ok, so I just got my last check, and I'm feeling pretty hopeless right now. Going back through my pay history and doing some basic addition, I made $1533.20 net for the month of December. Some simple multiplication shows that if that's all I can expect, I'll net about $18300 - $18400 my first year.

Is this normal? I haven't even ttaken any home time since I left on November 3rd. Am I getting screwed? What can I do to make this better? I can make more flipping burgers than driving at this rate. Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Most of that pay was training correc????? I'm sure you could at least make 400 to 600 a week depending on loads and break downs but that should be the average

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Nope, I didn't inlude training time. That's all regular pay. I was finished with training before Thanksgiving.

O OK I'm sure you will have better months when you get more experience

T.W.'s Comment
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Snappy that pay sucks. What is your mileage pay rate?

Try working in the oil fields or find an LTL trucking job making 50k a year. If I got into trucking it would have to be 35k a year or more the first year----otherwise I would check out N. Dakota or Texas oil fields.

LTL:

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
Scott O.'s Comment
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When did you go solo

Rob T.'s Comment
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first year salary Daniel had done a post on what his breakdown for first year was. This may be helpful

Brian M.'s Comment
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Something's wrong with this picture, my training pay is higher than that. What deductions come out of that? What are you getting in miles and did they miss any loads on your checks?

Snappy's Comment
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Snappy that pay sucks. What is your mileage pay rate?

Try working in the oil fields or find an LTL trucking job making 50k a year. If I got into trucking it would have to be 35k a year or more the first year----otherwise I would check out N. Dakota or Texas oil fields.

.25 cpm solo, which was December. .175 cpm team, which started last week. I seem to do the same amount of waiting for loads either way so far.

How does one find an oil field trucking job?

LTL:

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

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Snappy that pay sucks. What is your mileage pay rate?

Try working in the oil fields or find an LTL trucking job making 50k a year. If I got into trucking it would have to be 35k a year or more the first year----otherwise I would check out N. Dakota or Texas oil fields.

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.25 cpm solo, which was December. .175 cpm team, which started last week. I seem to do the same amount of waiting for loads either way so far.

How does one find an oil field trucking job?

Look, I'm not trying to be an ass. But why would you take a job that pays in peanuts? .25cpm is so low it's unbelievable how this company can still manage to bring in drivers.

It starts off slow but it should pick up. But I wouldn't expect anymore than 30k with that kind of pay. Good luck sir!

LTL:

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

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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