Pay Types

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J.K.'s Comment
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I was wondering what the difference in types of pay are. I've heard terms like "zip code" pay, actual pay, hub pay, stop pay, breakdown pay, etc. I haven't gotten a lot of details about it yet though. Can you guys elaborate on it for me and tell me what I should be asking about?

David's Comment
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I was wondering what the difference in types of pay are. I've heard terms like "zip code" pay, actual pay, hub pay, stop pay, breakdown pay, etc. I haven't gotten a lot of details about it yet though. Can you guys elaborate on it for me and tell me what I should be asking about?

There are a lot of pays out here... never heard of zip code pay but i'll break em down to best of my abbilities.

CPM - Cents per Mile, generally what all drivers are paid. The miles you roll X .cpm = what you make.

Breakdown - Every company is different on this, but after x amount of hours (usually 24hrs), you are paid either by the hour or a flatt rate per/day.

Layover - As with breakdown, after sitting waiting for a load you get paid x amount after a certain amount of hours. (usually 24hrs)

Detention pay - After sitting at a customer's facilities for X amount of time, you get paid x amount per hour. Most of the time its after 2hrs of appointment time you get paid XX/hr. so if you appt is at 7am, they don't finish unloading you untill 12pm, thats 5hrs. first 2hrs doesnt count so you get paid for the 3hrs.

Stop Pay - if your load has multiple stops, either pick up or delivery's, your company will pay you for the addition stop.

Border Crossing - Some companies that go into Mexico and Canada will pay X amount for crossing the boarder. (must have Passport)

Canada Miles - not sure on other companies, but I get a .4CPM for every loaded canada mile i drive. nice bonus i guess.

Hazmat - Some companies will pay you extra for hauling hazmat loads. (pay is anywhere from .01cmp - .05cpm)

Load/Unload - Payed for loading or unloading a trailer. I don't often hear of anyone doing this. But it can/does happen.

Short Haul - Again this goes by company, but you would get paid for doing loads under a certain amount of miles. (0-100 = X amount and 101-300 = X amount. Lower mile runs pay more) you also get paid the miles as well. So if you do a 200mile run @ .30cpm = $60 and if your company pays $20 for a short haul load between 100-300miles you would get $80 for that load. ) again its all based by company..

Theres probably more but thats what I get with GTI. Below is what they have as "Extra" pay

truck driver extra pay spreadsheet


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations


Cents Per Mile

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

Scott O.'s Comment
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Zip code is the miles the customer charges the trucking company and the trucking company pays the drivers its zip code to zip code... Actual pay is all the miles the drivers drive

Tracy W.'s Comment
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At my company we get similar compensation, some others:

Drop/Hook Hand Unload, $ per stop, plus a per piece rate (don't remember what it is) Safe Miles Bonus Fuel Bonus (scales up the better mileage you get) Layover/Breakdown $ per day - also pay motel if you can't be in truck during breakdown Tuition Bonus - payback for your CDL school Recruiting Bonus Vacation Pay Dispatch Pay - If you do something special for dispatch, like ontime delivery of a hot load or extra compensation for a difficult load. Local - If you do a local run while waiting for an OTR load

Plus of course they pay expenses you incur: Parts, additives, tolls, scale, lumper fees, truck wash, parking fees, etc.


Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.


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.

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