Cpm For A Rookie Solo Driver

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Enrico S.'s Comment
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what companies are paying the most for a 6 month exp otr cpm? any input on good companies to go with?

OTR:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

T B.'s Comment
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Look at companies like Old Dominion or places like that. Old Dominion may be a stretch but u never know. But construction companies pay well and u can gain exp. Probably start out at 18-19 or whatever they pay in your area. I know what it means to be new and I hope for your future. I wish u well and a lot of luck. Take care

Errol V.'s Comment
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If you've been on TT long enough you know it's "what's the best company / school" even though it's all in the Company-Sponsored Training , Truck Driving Schools, and Trucking Companies as well as the overviews How To Choose A School and How To Choose A Company.

Many people do not know how to do research, even when it's all really right in front of them. Asking Google "What's the best CDL school" is not research.

For the new people interested in trucking, "What's the best school" is a new, unanswered question, but for TT regulars, you've seen it fifty times already. Read how Brett answers this question - it's nearly always the same answer. (That's a good thing, Brett!)

The best way is to suggest the new driver/student check out the links as I've listed them here.

CDL:

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

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.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Research for you is to follow some of the links I provided, and read about whatever the topic is, so you can decide for yourself the best fit between what you want to get out of a trucking job and what schools and companies offer.

Asking "what companies are paying the most for a 6 month exp otr cpm? " is asking other people to tell you what they know, and that may be incomplete or inaccurate.

Trucking Truth has tons of valuable information so that you can learn for yourself which trucking companies might do what you're looking for.

Another thought: if you're simply interested in who pays the most - you just want the money - I don't think you'll last long as a trucker.

OTR:

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.

CPM:

Cents Per Mile

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

Brett Aquila's Comment
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what companies are paying the most for a 6 month exp otr cpm? any input on good companies to go with?

A lot will depend on the type of work you're looking for, including the type of freight you want to haul and the home time you're looking for. Overall the teamster companies traditionally have paid the best. Now most of those are LTL companies that pull doubles but most of them also have opportunities for city driving with a either a single pup or regular dry van trailer.

I'm not sure how much experience you need but Walmart is also one of the better paying jobs out there. Of course that's a private, dedicated fleet with a lot of home time opportunities. In fact, most private fleets require some experience and pay pretty well. You could look at grocery store chains and manufacturers with private fleets.

Any type of specialized hauling will pay really well also. Pulling Hazardous materials or overweight/oversize loads are two examples.

Sorry I don't have much in the way of company names, but those are the areas that tend to have better pay and require some experience.

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

OTR:

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.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

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.
Christopher J.'s Comment
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TB is correct you can easily get on with local construction companies from 15 to 20 an hour you do not need 2yrs of OTR and yes it sure beats living in a truck and eating like **** plus you can sleep in your own bed OTR is not for everyone and you can easily double your OTR paycheck in a week with OT in construction or if you have a Hazmat you can deliver gas locally 25 an hour in AZ do not blame ya for wanting to try something else go for it

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

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

OTR:

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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