Hi - full disclosure I'm a reporter, but I won't quote anything posted here without permission. Just curious what you're seeing.
I've noticed some big carriers announcing raises for drivers lately ... as one of my colleagues wrote a few months ago, that seems like a long-overdue response to the "driver shortage" aka driver retention problem!
But I don't want to talk about a few places raising pay if the general trend is that most drivers aren't seeing raises. So I'm curious what you're seeing at your job or in your market, is this a widespread phenomenon? Is pay actually going up?
(If you want to talk on the record, message me and I will share my contact information so we can chat directly!)
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Are you seeing pay go up?
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Love NPR, first and foremost.
Though, frankly, that won’t gain me any friends here
In the last ten years? Yeah, I’ve seen wages go up quite a bit for certain avenues of trucking, I’ve also seen a lot of them stagnate.
You’re asking a very complex question, about a very complex industry.
The long answer is; yes- while the cost of living has been raising, overall, I would say trucking and truck drivers are paying/making more overall. BUT, when compared to other skilled professions, lagging behind.
We’re undervalued, pressed through the mesh of unrestrained capitalism too many times, subject to the will of “the lowest bidder” too often.
Many of us are worth a lot more than we’re paid, but we accept the job, and it’s many pro’s and con’s because we love our jobs, or just can’t or are not willing to find better.
the short answer is- yeah, kinda, I guess some of us made more last year when everyone was dying lol.
Different segments of the industry are increasing pay faster than others.
Gas haulers have seen a big jump in pay...I know the company I drive for has boosted pay 40% since March 2021, and we're hearing of one more bump before the end of the year.
I know the companies in my area have all jumped substantially...
Company A went from 20 an hour to 25 an hour
Company B went from 23 to 28.50
Company C went from 1100/week to 1500/week
Company D offered a weekly salary of 1575 to new hires....
I cannot speak of any other segments, as I'm not part of them.
Thanks for the inquiry
But, start with your own company's article and read the government research:
Is There Really A Truck Driver Shortage?
There is not now, nor ever has been, a truck driver shortage.
Do the research and you will find there are just large companies fishing for government bailouts, grants, and training subsidies.
I am a safe truck driver of over 10 years now, no tickets, no accidents, no service failures, no criminal history, and I just recently changed jobs. Of the 50-60 applications I put out 4 months ago about 4 - 6 returned contact of any kind! No shortage. No desperation of any kind!
Wages have been steadily improving since the 2008 recession, primarily due to repercussions of the ELD mandate, but are still at what some economists that study the industry call historical lows.
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