The Indeed.com average salary for an owner operator with Mercer Transportation is $157,359 per year.
Mercer Transportation offers its owner operators the following benefits/advantages:
It's true they do have preferences they do sell loads and they do have a buddy system now with that being said if you want to waste your time this is the place to be unless you're good at sucking up and scamming with the best of them.
Terrible company, not recommended to anyone trying to make some money. Dispatchers and brokers have preferences for some drivers, coordinators are incredibly rude...
Company doesn’t have much freight for the average flatbed driver. From my perspective, the company seems to take care of their team drivers first. I sit far too often when there is decent freight posted on the DAT board—Mercer claims that their agents will book it for you, but in over 100 attempts they have never booked one for me. Most of their westbound freight had nothing to return you east....if you go to California or Oregon plan on deadheading back 500 to 1000 miles. ElLD is Omnitracs with drivewyze.... which again , in my opinion, are some of the worst options available....Omnitracs doesn’t let you review your actual logs before it forces you to approve them....if there is a missed comment or other error you can and will get violations that could have been avoided. Trailer department, permits and payroll all need adult supervision. In short everybody at Mercer wants to be your buddy and let you know how happy you will be there, but in the end they don’t run it enough like a business. I personally don’t know of any of the Louisville staff that has ever had any driving experience, and as such are unable to understand what drivers need to do on the road to stay profitable. This is not the company to go to if you want to make money and grow your business....
Used to be a good company but the issue is their freight, agents and coordinators. Not only are you waiting in line with mercer drivers, they also post loads on Dat and 123, knowing they have one of their own in that area waiting. Blasé attitude from their coordinators and the inability to switch to a new one. Also their vans can get freight off of other load boards but flatbeds cant. Good luck finding a good agent, there are a few. Also watch out for fraternizing. Had a female agent text my husband from her personal phone. Hundreds of texts while she was supposed to be finding loads. She was texting and sending him personal pics, unacceptable. So watch out for the MKS office. If you want a starter company and you have no truck or trailer payment, then mercer is the way to go. Otherwise steer clear of them.
I worked for them 4 years. You can make decent money there if you don't have to go home. I left because of the injustice and lies and theft. I was asked to repower a load and agreed to help. The trailer had bald tires, one with the steel belt showing. The brakes were all bad and several lights didn't work. I told mercer that I'd haul the load on the condition they fix the trailer first. Mercer bullied me for three hours and threatened my job over it. Then gave me an ultimatum. Either you take the load or work for somebody else. So I work for somebody else :-) I was number one in their entire fleet several times and have a perfect record and 20 years experience. It doesn't matter what you bring to the table, it's their way or the highway. There's guys there who buy loads and Mercer will take your load and sell it, leaving you without a load. Don't believe me? I proved to Mercer this on more than one occasion. For instance, once I was awarded a load from cape Canaveral Florida, going to 29 palms, paying nine grand. The day I arrived on site, Mercer called and told me the load had been cancelled and told me to leave immediately. Well I didn't because it was two o'clock in the afternoon, and parking is in short supply that time of day. About an hour later another Mercer showed up and was bragging to me about a 9k load his buddy gave him. I asked to see his dispatch, and it was the exact computer number as my cancelled load. I snapped a picture and called Mercer. Of course I got the same yes man you always get when you have a question they don't want to answer. Believe me, you'll talk to him a lot! He told me in his twenty years with Mercer that he never heard of that one time. So I emailed him the pictures, I take pictures of everything. He backtracked and backtracked and said how dare you take pictures of our company property and tried to make it my fault. Then said they'd make it up to me, they never did! And almost every really high paying load I got at Mercer, always got cancelled the pickup day. It happened so much that I didn't give those loads a second look anymore. They also have a number system there. They say it's for keeping it fair. So when you deliver a load, you are given a number in line and each time someone in line takes a load, you move up a place. Once you get to number 1 you can have any load you want as long as it matches what you can haul. But the problem is I never got to number 1, when I'd get into the top 5, I'd get taken off the board for a few seconds and then put back on and lose 30-40 spaces. I complained about that a lot, but unfortunately would always get that same yes man that has never heard of that in his twenty years there. Believe me, you will talk to him a lot. Whatever is the problem, it's not Mercers problem, it's your problem. There are some decent people there, some are really nice. But the management are like dictators, and you're only value is the load on your truck. I never slept very good when I worked there and was always worried about losing my job. My mother said I was the most miserable she'd ever seen me when I worked for them. Everyone in my orientation class no longer works there. They hired 3000+ drivers in my time there and lost 3000+ drivers. They have like 98 percent turnover. I WONDER WHY??????
am not considering I am looking for a free lunch frommercer at the show.
I liked mercer and the set up but the money not there for dry vans , I know it
may be for flats and steps for 9 months out of the year. If I was going to buy
more trucks and hire drivers young ones I would put them at mercer with steps
or flats. But I only know a few o/o o
Who are making it with other trucks and I seen and helped a bunch go under inexperience o/o who needed exp drivers always Payed more money and I take there money and watched as they failed .
You can not over pay in wages,mechanics,or products . Yea I have watch you and several others helping mercer recruits over the time Spyder7723 . The learning curve was to steep for me at the time but it did make me a better at negotiating rates from brokers when I need to ,there always 15 to 25 % more money on the table even in bad area and down times.
Q: I know Mercer had a treat that already 1800 pages but wont i wont be going through it all. just how long the application process take? I know landstar some say 4 to 8 weeks
A: I didn't go with them but they approved me in about a day or 2, and called me not even 15 minutes after I put in the application.Full Discussion
I have had my own operating authority for the past four years, but things
haven't gone so well in generating revenue the past six months or so. I have
been accepted to lease on to Mercerand was looking
for some feed back from O/O with similar experience. I have talked with one who
was very happy to suspend his authority and lease to Mercer and is doing very
well. I have read another thread from Jaqeisi23 (my apologies for misspelling
the handle) where he was leased, but reverted back to his own authority, yet
still runs on the brokerage side.
I understand the revenue split between the two (lease 75/25, brokerage 80/20), but other than that does one have advantage over the other? For those who chose the lease side, how difficult was it to give up your numbers? What did you experience during the first month or so as you adjusted to Mercer way of business? Are you happy you made the move, or did you eventually go back to your own DOT number? How has leasing affected your operating costs (insurance, fuel, etc)? Just looking for some honest answers before I get into the pool.
A: Keep your authority and become an approved carrier for them. You will still get the fuel discount etc. If the Mercer brokers Do not have a load you will be stuck like Chuck. At least you will have the ability to get freight if Mercer comes up dry.Full Discussion
Q: I was just wondering if there any Mercer drivers from Texas here? I just signed on with Mercer but I'm having a lot of trouble finding flatbed freight down south with Mercer. Makes it hard to get home to Texas. Can anyone with experience with Mercer tell me if I'm going to have trouble making a living with them? Let me know what you think.
A: Ok man, there are plenty of loads to TX. I go there all the time. You really just need to learn our lanes. Take some time and learn where the loads to TX come from. Try a reverse search where you see what's coming into TX and from where. Do this daily for a week or two (better yet a month or two) and you will start seeing regular loads that go into and out of TX on a regular basis. With time you can learn how to get to anyplace. I have two homes and my GF lives in Houston. I can get to all 3 within a matter of days because I know where I need to be to get a load going to each place. You just signed on. Give it a little time and learn our lanes. You will be fine.Full Discussion
I respect ur intelect,in my five months with mercer i grossed over 90k and iwas home weekly.what you do is no secret to me,keep ur eyes on the load board and match urself to loads in areas like ct and ma ahead of time,also make sure the rate going in justifies a 300mile or more deadhead,however i dont find that doable for a guy who lives in a bad spot and got to be home every weekend and average what you guys claim to average.Full Discussion
Q: I know LS has some just didn't know if Mercer had any or any frieght for one other than just van loads?
A: Yes, they have a few running around. Every now & then loads pop up. Certain agents will load them. But, it's a flatbed company.
Not a problem. The couple I ran into while I was leased toMercer were loading the same load as me. Most of the reefer loads I had seen, I was able to pull in a van....watermelons, apples, stuff like that. It wouldn't be worth ur time to drag a reefer here unless the agent up in Washington was willing to use you all the time. To be honest, she runs walmart loads up to Alaska & very few loads out of the western 11. Probably wouldn't be a great idea, but it wouldn't hurt getting ahold of her & seeing if she has stuff moving. You never know. Mercerfreight in any kind of box will blow your mind. I still have a flat leased onto Mercer and he moves nonstop. If you have anything else about the box side feel free 2 ask. Best of luck whichever way you go.
Well, it's been about 5 months since I put in my
walking papers with mercer.
As I am now back out on my dot numbers. I admit, I was one of the guys who just couldn't "get" the way mercer operated. Probably will never understand hence the reason I'm sitting under my own authority again.
Mercer was in fact, a terrific company to work for. The freight they have to offer is by far unmatched.
I can't recall a time where I've ever hauled a load weighing over 40k pounds while leased to them.
But the downside of it all was the fact that I just couldn't get with mercerization lol. The downtime waiting on loads etc, etc.
I managed to make great relationships with quite a few of the mercer agents while I was leased there an The deeper part of me wanted to believe that I would be blackballed from the mercer portal for ever. Lol.
However, upon reactivating my authority, the same agents I dealt with while leased on with mercer are the same agents I deal with now as an independent carrier. Heck I even put some of my "go to" customers an shippers on the backburner when mercer calls!!! Lol
I've heard a lot of guys here say well the loads are crappy for approved carriers an they don't pay much.
But I beg to differ, in fact I've been running mercer loads for the past 3 months as a independent an the cheapest load I've had from them so far paid me 1.60/mile coming out of PA going south an the only reason I took it was to get me back home to Alabama.
Heck the majority of the loads I haul for them avg around 2.20/mile an up.
My load scheduled tomorrow has a rate of 2.72/mile an they were proud to give it to me lol.
No factoring involved which means I get the same benefits I got as a lease operator. Scan my bills in an I'm paid within 4 hours.
Even was able to get back in their fuel program so all of my fuel is at mercer's price.
So to sum this all up: I would say I learned a lot by being leased on with them for the short time I was there.
I learned even more lanes.
They forced me to Invest in more flatbed equipment which I thought was bs but it turned out to be a good thing once I got back on my own because now I have just about anything a man can use on a flatbed load. Great company if you don't want the responsibility of a dot number an you have low overhead.
But if you're like me an work at a faster pace an have more than average overhead then becoming an approved carrier for mercer would be your best bet. They treat you like family regardless. I'm a witness to it because I've worked both sides of it.
If you broker thru mercer you can get a efs card and they can load the settlements on the efs card. When you do that you can get the discounts a leased driver gets if you use the card to fuel.Landstar, universal etc do the same thing. Mercer pays broker loads within hours with no fee, others charge 1 to 2 per cent. But its perfectly legit, in the preferred carrier program you even get a coordinator.Full Discussion
It seems Mercer is once again changing their truck requirements. Truck must be able to run an ELD.
They aren't changing their truck requirements, it's been mandatory, all incoming contractors must have ELD for a couple of years. As of July 1st, 2016 ALL trucks in the fleet must have them, with a handful of exceptions for guys with mechanical engines....at least as long as they don't get a log violation.Full Discussion
Q: i'm sure this question has been asked 1000 times but I can only find spotty information on it. Does Mercer have a lease purchase flatbed trailer program and if so is it a good one? Any current Mercer drivers can please chime in. Thanks.
A: its 535 a month now - no escrow - 1 $ buyout at end .
A: When I was there for flats it was 95 % Danes and 5 % something else
Q: So what is the length if the lease and the total cost of a flatbed or drop deck thru Mercer?
A: I grabbed a used one
44 months at 535 with a purchase price of $1
I reread the lease - technicaly I'm renting the trailer for 500 a month and a 35 a month administration fee and on 3/1/2020 I can buy the trailer for 1$
I'll tell you they take care of the trailers that come back if you buy used , mine for example had new brakes . Some others had new tires
Q: What is average per mile at Mercer on the Flatbed side? I know it's percentage based over there but would like to know the breakdown and weigh my options. Highly appreciate
A: During the month of December the fleet average was 1.88, that's what a recruiter told me.
A: My average for the year of 15, all miles off the odometer, was 1.93 and that's with over 30 percent dead head. My dh is much higher than the average guy, for two reasons, 1 I live in south Florida. 2 I run a lot of very short loads, on those I might have 3 times more empty miles than loaded ones.Full Discussion
Same stuff as any other orientation. Whiz quiz, then while they wait on the results, you get to learn all about the "MercerWay": Safety discussion, Hazmat, what you gotta do to get loads and get paid. You get fed. Sign all the paperwork. Meet your coordinator. Get your truck inspected and fixed if there are issues. Get your decals on. When all the boxes are checked...get a load and get outta Dodge.Full Discussion