Average CPM pay and benefits for my situation?

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  1. Chinatown

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  3. Coffey

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    I might not do what you do but I decided jobs I do by how much I make a week if I'm doing local work I expect 1200+ a week if I stay out a week at a time around 1500 and If I'm staying out longer then that I would aim for 2000 a week
     
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  5. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Heavy Load Member

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    Much thanks @Chinatown I’ll be researching and applying for some of these!
     
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  6. Lunatic Fringe

    Lunatic Fringe Medium Load Member

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    One of my problems with the industry is drivers not knowing what they're worth and companies happy to take advantage of that. Don't fixate on CPM - worry about average annual gross - what an actual driver was paid driving that truck for that company. If they won't tell you up front - move on. That means they know what you'll make and they know it isn't competitive.

    OTR is great for getting experience, not so great for high or consistent earnings. Go LTL or Dedicated for those things.
     
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  7. Chinatown

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    Papa John's is a team job, but you're home every day.
     
  8. bryan21384

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    You know, I remember when I first started, a veteran driver told me to stay out of truck stops. Reason being, conversations with other truckers can cause you to 2nd guess everything about your current situation, even if you like it. This is the reality, in the OTR world, very few drivers are making more than 70k. I'd dare to say that it can be difficult to even reach 60k sometimes. You must resist the urge to talk about pay with other drivers. It will cause you to count their pockets, and potentially get bamboozled by embellishing truckers. If you tell a driver you make 1100 weekly, their always going to say, "Oh ok. I make 1400 every week. I promise you, most drivers ain't seeing 1400 take home every week. The cpm and the miles would have to be at a high number, and that's rarely the case. Maybe the upper 5 percent of OTR drivers are seeing that pay. All of that being said, any number of factors could be figured in those drivers' pay(experience or longevity with that company, or endorsements) or they could be blowing smoke up your ###. One guy at my company told me he was turning 4500 miles weekly......yeah right. At 3500 miles, your clock is cooked. Knowing how we operate, I find that to be a lie. As far as your question though, only you can decide I'd your being paid fairly. Does your job do what you need for it to do? If so, who cares about what the other drivers are doing?
     
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  9. Cattleman84

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    Asking for a raise can never hurt... I did about a year ago. The boss said let me take a look and see what I can figure out... 3 weeks all OTR guys got 1 cpm raise. And the boss also lowered the mileage bonus threshold by 1k miles... Thus essentially translated into a total raise of 2 cpm. When you run 11k to 13k a month 2 cpm adds up pretty fast.
     
  10. Lennythedriver

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    This is a great post and makes a lot of sense to me because I was actually thinking about that the other day. Believe me I’ve caught on quick and early but there are a lot of truck drivers out there that like to tell stories. It’s almost kind of funny. I sat in the break room the other day listening to a truck driver who stood about 5 foot four and probably weighed 350 pounds describing how he could do a flying kick to the side of the head of somebody. I mean he was being funny but he was actually trying to convince people that he could do this. This guy couldn’t jump 2 inches off the ground to save his life. Lol much less do a flying kicked to the side of the head.

    I am definitely going to weigh the pros and cons. The pros with the company I’m at is they leave me the hell alone. Nobody’s calling me, nobody’s changing my loads, rarely do I get asked to do favors like pick other drivers up, they just send me loads and I run them and there’s no micromanaging and I’ve enjoyed that part of it. But I do feel as though the pay is on the lower end. I would probably stick around even if they just threw me some like incentive-based bonuses throughout the year to work towards. That maybe would equate to be making 5 to 8000 more per year. Do you see this was sports contracts a lot. Complete this mini passes or throw for this many yards and you get this much of a bonus. I feel like trucking companies should do more of that. I mean the more you’re driving the more money they’re making too.
     
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  11. scott180

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    Talking to other drivers is the Best way to find out what is out there. Keep your BS meter on high and confirm everything.

    My first week at my new company I took home just a few dollars shy of $1400. Easy reefer work, out Monday afternoon back early morning Friday. I haven't driven in a decade so I'm nothing special on my resume. I don't think I'm in the top 5%.

    LENNYTHEDRIVER keep talking to other drivers and asking questions. Decide what companies sound good then research the heck out of them. Then decide if the job is worth the extra cash.

    Look into fuel delivery. I loved it but have a bad back so I can't do it anymore. Your home every day, 12 hour shift and many have rotation days off so you'll have some weekends off. Just another option that'll get you around six figures.
     
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