Average Pay Today?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by reefertank, Apr 15, 2020.

  1. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

    Sep 20, 2012
    Wichita KS
    1) Outside of the paycheck, how do you like working for Pam?
    2) Are the drivers treated decently?
    3) Are the drivers getting decent miles?
    4) Is Pam safety conscious? Is the company good about making sure that the drivers are NOT running over their hours?
    5) When payday comes, are the drivers being paid for ALL of their miles, detention and layover times?
    6) Is there direct deposit for the drivers? How often do the drivers get paid, (weekly or bi-weekly)?

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    Last edited: Jul 18, 2020
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  3. asphaltreptile311

    asphaltreptile311 Road Train Member

    Jun 16, 2016
    Humble beginnings .

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    1. It's okay , it really highly depends on if you get a good driver manager . Alot of the trailers are in horrible condition I've spent alot of time waiting on trailer repairs .it's mainly a cpm and miles issue the company isn't terrible itself for me anyway

    2. Depends on if you have a good driver manager or not . Some really nice DMs that always keep you running and some other ones who are quite abrasive and don't answer messages with much urgency.

    3. Not If you're a regular driver. If you're on a dedicated route you probably are.

    4. Sometimes they try to make you do stuff really late into your clock but most of the time they won't make you get close to HOS violation (again depends highly on your driver manager ) . Personally if I have less than 3 hrs or so left on my clock I say I'm not doing anything until the next day unless the pickup is right next door or something.

    5. They're supposed to but it's annoying as hell you have to request detention and layover every time and it's not great pay wise

    6. You can set up direct deposit if you don't they just load it on your comdata card paid weekly in both cases

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    Let's just say there were 8 people in my truck driving school class (PAM put us in this school to get CDLAs) . Out of those 8 people only 3 are still with the company only couple months in .. that should tell you everything you need to know .

    Hell even I've been getting offers for .47 + cpm starting pay and bonuses. I doubt I'll be here long either.

    BIGLEFTYINTX Light Load Member

    Nov 20, 2017
    Wow, I'd run from that .
    Jbs paid me $600 wk in training then .45 mile after that . Not bad if you ask me

    DARKNIGHTRUCKER Light Load Member

    May 3, 2020
    I've got an offer for .47 starting with a company im likely going to take up

    It's disrespectful to pay a driver anything less than .40 in 2020.

    Really I don't agree with the cpm system in general. In reality we end up working 10-14 hr days and only get paid for certain parts of it. Drivers should be salaried or make at least 10 bucks/hr for any on duty time.

    There should be some sort of premium for OTR drivers because we're literally living on the job for weeks on end .
  8. reefertank

    reefertank Light Load Member

    Jan 22, 2015
    Eastern Oregon
    Which company is that?
  9. unloader

    unloader Heavy Load Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2020
  10. sventvkg

    sventvkg Light Load Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    The 2 companies I have talked with, one is van one is Flatbed are offering .44cpm and .43cpm respectively and both have tuition reimbursement for my CDL. The Flatbed company is like 6 weeks altogether training and of course you learn the flatbed arts, and 800 a week. The Van company is tiered and LONG training...600 a week for 10K Miles, pass that then 700 a week for 20K Miles...Probably TWICE as long training in a truck with someone else....

    So the FB pays more in training, a cent less hired on but you get paid for tarping, untarping, layovers, border crossings, overside loads and a bunch of other stuff....BUT it's 48 states, OTR.......The Van company is Western 11 regional, out 5-7 then home, a cent a mile more...

    I want to start on the best paying track I can so that's why I looked into Flatbed. Maybe I should see what chemical tankers pay? I absolutely want to pull the best paying trailers. That is my sole purpose in trucking.
  11. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

    Jul 14, 2013
    Out west
    Any way you go @sventvkg get the Hazmat and tanker endorsements you would need for the tankers while in training.

    This opens you up for the totes that are transported by either van of flat.
    sventvkg Thanks this.
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