Guaranteed Minimum Pay Promise

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Andre R.'s Comment
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I've been in contact with two major carriers. One of the has a home daily and weekends run available in my area. Another has a out two to three weeks home two or three days which is a regional run. Both of these positions offer a guaranteed minimum base salary. One is 650 and the other is 850 a week. Is something like this worth my looking into. These also offer the potential to earn more per week but this is the minimum you will be paid. This all seems good but as we all know if it's seems too good to be true it usually is. I'd like your opinion and input on this please.


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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It's rare, but some companies do pay the driver a minimum guaranteed salary. Make sure you get it in writing though and it's not just the recruiter making a guarantee that he/she cannot fulfill.

If it's legit and you have it in writing, don't let that guarantee be your deciding factor. I would much rather take a higher CPM than a better guarantee salary.


Cents Per Mile

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

Chris L.'s Comment
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My last company Sygma had a minimum pay can't remember exactly what it was $800-$900 in that range. I worked for them a full year and never made less than the guarantee. I wouldn't use that as the decision maker for a company, just consider it a perk if you go with that company. Keep in mind that there will be rules to get that guarantee like not missing any days or no late deliveries, things along those lines. Which should put you over the minimum anyway.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Miguel R.'s Comment
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I used to work for Ben E. Keith food distribution and they guaranteed me $1000/ week home every night I never made less but believe me they got every last penny out of me it was more of a physical job than a driving one

Dutch's Comment
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I have a friend who managed to get a minimum salary run, but the contract is ending soon, and now he is faced with looking for another company for the same type guarantee. He says he can stay with the current company, but he won't have a similar guarantee, just a specific CPM pay scale.

It was great while it lasted though. He managed to get paid for quite a bit of sitting at home, when the company didn't have a load assignment for him.


Cents Per Mile

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

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