Who is the highest paying?

Discussion in 'Motor Carrier Questions - The Inside Scoop' started by ripcord, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. Peeping_Tom

    Peeping_Tom Light Load Member

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    get on tere waiting list, 2 miles long, and have at least 2 years safe drivingexp at least, the more the better and with the least amount of companies as posible.
     
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    ripcord Bobtail Member

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    You mind filling me in on the crude oil thing? There is a little of that around here where I live now, and I'm seriously considering it. How many days a week do you work? About how much do you make? Do you like it? How many miles per day? How long are the days? Do they have benefits? Thanks for any and all help you could provide. I have hauled gravel up those oil well roads several time, but haven't ran into any of the crude drivers yet to talk to them. From what I hear, they are usually in too much of a hurry to talk anyway! I'm also considering delivering fuel locally for an independent.
     
  3. wallbanger

    wallbanger <strong>"Enemy of showers everywhere"</strong>

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    Yeah, we did get a little off course, huh? Just that if you look at the Driver's parking area at a Wallyworld DC, you won't see many jalopies there.

    That pay that Smith advertises is for short hauls only- you know, 150 miles or less, might even be 100 miles or less.
     
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    Bullwinkle Medium Load Member

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    So may factors involved in "who pays the most"

    1st is mileage pay, of course.

    then, you factor in average miles per week, stop pay, does the company do alot of muliple stop loads, insurance cost, local pay, detention pay, reimbursments, and minor things like satellite radio in the truck.

    It all adds up.

    A company can pay 50 cents per mile, but if their insurance is high, and you only get an average of 1900 miles per week, then it is worthless.
     
  5. Brickman

    Brickman Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    There maybe other companies in your area. Water hauling is also another possibility. Or Haliburton if they are in your area.




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    Brickman, thanks for being such a good sport about answering my questions. That is exactly the kind of information people need when they post an inquiry on here. I also agree with everything you said about helping newer drivers. No way I would have lasted even this long if people hadn't helped me out. I return the favor when possible. I spent the whole day today in Texarkana, TX riding around, stopping practically wherever I saw two trucks parked to ask about employment.
     
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    Glad to help.
    That could well be a good way to find a great small company to work for.
     
  8. Steve & Lo

    Steve & Lo Medium Load Member

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    YEAH!!! But YOU won't hire any of us slugs.....:biggrin_25523:!!
     
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    I don't know what the average rate out on the road is but I make an honest $.48 a mile all miles driven, and I'm a salary paid driver, all I have to run in a week to make my salary is 1718 miles, yet I seem to turn between 2800 to 3100 a week. Theres no math wizard needed here its an average of $1200 to $1400 a week. I have a family of 4 kids and my wife on my insurance (BCBS) with dental and vision included is $70 a week. By the way I haul heavy equipment for a living and whenever I do an oversized load I make more, and I do OS at least 1 to 2 times a week and it bumps my pay up a bit more. I'm not getting rich but I sure don't complain about what I make for what work I have to do, and NO TARPS. (YEA)
     
  10. Eskimo6804

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    First; I wouldn't call anyone on this board a "slug". Maybe a few other choice nouns with a few choice adjectives preceding, but not a "slug"...lol

    Second; I can't/won't break this website's TOS by advertising in any way, so therefor, you will not see the name of my company or my credentials listed in public here.

    Third; I only hire on average one driver a year or so, and those that I hire are usually based on a recommendation of one of my current employees. I kind of see this as paying my respect to my guys for the loyalty that they have shown me.

    My point wasn't to talk us up, but instead to point out that there are good companies and good jobs out there. The problem is that sometimes they are very very elusive and if you do find them, quite hard to qualify for.

    For example; Another company in my area whom I know quite well(I'm on the church board with the owner, and I'm in the same multi-company drug test consortium.)has twice the number of trucks that we do, with half the turnover. His drivers make a little more than mine do and they have GREAT benefits(The company X-mas party is a seven day all expense paid carribean cruise for all employees and their spouses done the week between X-mas and New Year's...). The driver's in this company work very hard and are the utmost proffessionals as they provide "white glove" service to some very lucrative customer's.

    Anyhow guys/gals; keep looking for that dream job as you may just find it. Look beyond the masses of mega-companies that advertise all over the web and turn over a few rocks. You never know what you might find under them. A previous post in this thread was the best idea I have seen yet on this board in regards to seeking employment. Go to the front door of trucking companies and talk to them in person.
     
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