CPM Or Percentage Pay

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Jose G.'s Comment
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Hello all, I'm interested in becoming a TMC Transport driver after CFL school but noticed they have 2 pay systems. As an inexperienced driver, do I want the CPM rate or Percentage which starts at 26% with monthly increases based on performance views? I've spoken to Old School about this and appreciate your feed back, thank you. Id like to get more input from other drivers please.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Hard Water's Comment
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When I go home later, I'll look at my old tmc records and see if I have it written down how many miles and how much it paid the truck on every load so you can get an idea of what you want to choose.

You'll see when you're with a trainer what will be better for you. When he chooses his load look at the dispatched miles and how much it pays the truck.

How much is starting pay per mile?

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Hard Water's Comment
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Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if they told us how many miles it was or just how much money it pays the truck. (I was on percentage when i worked there) I'll let you know when I look later.

Jose G.'s Comment
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Actually, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if they told us how many miles it was or just how much money it pays the truck. (I was on percentage when i worked there) I'll let you know when I look later.

Thanks once again Hard Water for your quick responses. Here's the current CPM scale for TMC:

Recent Graduates $.40 per mile to start
$.42 per mile at 6 months
$.43 per mile at 12 months
$.44 per mile at 24 months
$.45 per mile at 36 months
$.46 per mile at 48 months

Although their website states 80% of their drivers prefer the percentage pay plan, am I wrong in saying that us inexperienced drivers would be getting the more valuable loads? Wouldn't the CPM give me a more predictable weekly income? I just want to go in with as much information as possible to make a sound judgment. I would hate to know after the fact that Im leaving money on the table.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Hard Water's Comment
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OK they did tell us mileage lol. OK here's a bunch of loads that I have written down.

I'll write city to city, how much it paid the truck and how much it would pay you at your 26%

1. Wallingford CT to Charlotte NC paid 757 and would pay you 196.82
2. Chester SC to Winchester MA paid 1564 and would pay you 406.64
3. Willimantic CT to Fredericksburg VA paid 399 And would pay you 103.74
4. Hampton VA to Bloomsburg PA paid 624 and you would make 162.24
5. Wilkes Barre PA to Solon OH paid 525 and you would make 136.50
6. Medina OH to Roanoke rapids NC paid 945 and you would make 245.70
7. Dudley NC to Westfield MA paid 1608 And you would make 418.08
8. Westfield MA to Easton, PA paid 600 and you would make 156
9. Nazareth PA to Potomac MD paid 625 and you would make 162.50

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Here's some I have written with mileage and how much it paid the truck. You can figure out the mileage pay since I don't know how much they pay. I figured out how much 26 percent pays you in each one.

1. 165 miles, $600 . percentage $156
2. 100 miles, $244 . percentage $63.44
3. 113 miles, $243 . Percentage $63.10
4. 429 miles, $639 . Percentage $166.14
5. 340 miles, $650 . Percentage $169
6. 469 miles, $728 . Percentage $189.28
7. 418 miles, $848 . Percentage $220.48
8. 164 miles, $570 . Percentage $148.20
9. 334 miles, $539 . Percentage $140.14
10. 502 miles, $792 . Percentage $205.92
11. 338 miles, $621 . Percentage $161.46

I hope this helps . I always ran percentage on the line haul division.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.
Hard Water's Comment
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I guess we were typing at the same time. Figure all those miles out in the bottom half of the above post at the 40 cents and see start you would have made.

If you have time to figure out the miles city to city in the top half of the post, do that too And see if you would have made more on mileage or percentage.

Also keep track of everything when you're with your trainer. And see which makes more.

I think everyone gets an equal shot at the loads in their area, at least it was like that when i worked there. They usually gave me higher paying loads early in the day. That's why I always tried to sleep where I was delivering and get unloaded early. we sent an 'empty' message to our fleet managers back then and they called us back with a choice of 3 loads to pick from.

Fleet Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jose G.'s Comment
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I guess we were typing at the same time. Figure all those miles out in the bottom half of the above post at the 40 cents and see start you would have made.

If you have time to figure out the miles city to city in the top half of the post, do that too And see if you would have made more on mileage or percentage.

Also keep track of everything when you're with your trainer. And see which makes more.

I think everyone gets an equal shot at the loads in their area, at least it was like that when i worked there. They usually gave me higher paying loads early in the day. That's why I always tried to sleep where I was delivering and get unloaded early. we sent an 'empty' message to our fleet managers back then and they called us back with a choice of 3 loads to pick from.

Hard Water,

Thanks again for taking the time to enlighten me. You've been extremely helpful and I do believe the percentage pay is the best option for me. Of course I'll still have plenty of time to make a final decision. I truly believe TMC is the right fit for me. I will be sending my application in tonight.

Fleet Manager:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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