Whats The Pay In 2015?

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Kevin S.'s Comment
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I was a OTR trucker from 2006 to 2012, averaged about 700 a week maxing out my hours for the most part. Has the pay gone up? Minimum wage now in alot of states including my own is now $10 an hour and I feel I was barely making that then when all the hours I was driving waiting were figured in. Would it be worth it to go get my medical clearance to get a valid CDL again?

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.

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.

Tyler Durden's Comment
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I was a OTR trucker from 2006 to 2012, averaged about 700 a week maxing out my hours for the most part. Has the pay gone up? Minimum wage now in alot of states including my own is now $10 an hour and I feel I was barely making that then when all the hours I was driving waiting were figured in. Would it be worth it to go get my medical clearance to get a valid CDL again?

There is currently a good bit of threads where pay is discussed albeit not easy to find them all. Generally for OTR I have seen around .35 pm starting out up .60 pm for line haul. Area you live and what you choose will decide. Check your local paper or call around or go online to the websites. Some list what they pay on the web. Hope it helps.

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.

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.

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.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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The pay is pretty much the same as 2012 pay. Maybe slightly higher. Though not much.

From what I have seen rookies are starting at or around. 32 cpm up to. 40 cpm depending on the company and the specific type of account you get on. Experienced drivers and some newer drivers are getting .44 to .45 cpm.

So pretty much the same.

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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Kevin, if you were driving that many years I'm assuming your bring home pay after taxes was about $700 per week, right? Because an experienced driver running OTR should be making $50,000/year or about $1,000 per week before taxes.

But the pay really hasn't changed in a very long time. You get little fluctuations from time to time, but the long term trend is pretty much flat. And of course adjusted for inflation that means pay has gone down considerably over the years.

You'll probably have to go through a refresher course and take a bit of a cut in pay because you've been out of the truck for a while but you should have no problem making $45,000-$50,000 per year before taxes.

One thing to note - more and more companies run electronic logbooks now. If you were running on paper logs and you're going to switch to elogs you'll want to brush up on the logbook rules because you'll have to know them pretty well to get 3,000 miles a week on elogs. But it's totally doable.

I ran paper logs my whole career so I'd be doing the same thing if I had to switch to elogs.

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.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

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.

Dennis R. (Greatest Drive's Comment
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3000 miles is a good week,@35cents a mile,figure$1000 gross.Team can get you better pay,if you can find a good partner.Best case scenerio..buy a good used pre emission truck,and dont haul cheap freight period Unfortunately most folks cant afford a big down payment,and financing hard to find on older truck. Not going to get rich in this business. Me? Im just glad to be pulling in something.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Best case scenerio..buy a good used pre emission truck,and dont haul cheap freight period Unfortunately most folks cant afford a big down payment,and financing hard to find on older truck. Not going to get rich in this business. Me? Im just glad to be pulling in something.

He asked for the pay comparisons between then and now, not for the quickest way to go broke.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Best case scenerio..buy a good used pre emission truck,and dont haul cheap freight period Unfortunately most folks cant afford a big down payment,and financing hard to find on older truck. Not going to get rich in this business. Me? Im just glad to be pulling in something.

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He asked for the pay comparisons between then and now, not for the quickest way to go broke.

LOL

Dustan J.'s Comment
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I've been approached for 50+ cpm because I have HAZMAT and double/triple, etc. What I take away from that is: your miles will suck, and you split miles with a team driver on payday. 50 cpm doesn't sound so great now. Currently I get 34-36 cpm, depending on what bonuses I earned. Doesn't sound so bad though, because there is a total compensation package there, and those cost money as well. If you can add retirement account, medical/dental, and other things that a lot of companies don't offer, you're building more than just your wallet. At 34 cpm, running my butt off, it is good.

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

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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