Why Does Crude Hauling Seem To Bring In More Money?

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Bj H.'s Comment
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Why does Crude hauling seem to bring in more money? Or does it?

Greg Phillips's Comment
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I think a lot of it has to do with what you are hauling. It's a hazardous material in a tanker. Takes more skill to drive a tanker especially with a hazardous chemical in the tank. The guys near me in West Texas seem to do ok. Had one tell my dad that it was not uncommon to take home $6K per month. It can be subject to the boom/bust cycle of the oil fields though.

Chris's Comment
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Why does Crude hauling seem to bring in more money? Or does it?

I guess that depends on how you look at it. Look at Prime if you haul lightweight you run .43 cpm if you haul with a regular truck and box .38cpm. A flat bed runs .40cpm and a tanker runs .45cpm i believe it is. Now this .45cpm appears to be more on the surface right? WELL OF COURSE, BUT what if a tanker only hauls 2200 miles in a week and i flat bed happens to run 2700 miles in a week the flatbed just made $1,080 gross and the tanker just made $990 gross that week. Lets compare a lightweight say these two both run 2500 miles the lightweight would run $1075 while the tanker would run $1125. You ask yourself, is $50 more in """GROSS""" worth the risk that week? To each it their own. I am not a driver yet, but to be those numbers don't stack in my favor.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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