Cents per mile

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by bryan21384, Mar 4, 2018.

  1. CorsairFanboy

    CorsairFanboy Medium Load Member

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    dang. Sorry to hear that. I guess we're becoming "Americanese"....
     
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  3. Crazytrucker77

    Crazytrucker77 Heavy Load Member

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    In all honesty the CPM needs to be abolished and have a salary rate that is fair. Doing hourly wage is nice but will not be consistent. There is some OTR companies that are converting to an hourly wage but it differs between driving and on duty. The other thing is if you are only paid cpm or hourly what do you do if they don't have a load for you. Your just sitting away from your family for free.

    The main problem with CPM is your always rushing to make the miles and maximize your pay. This can make for an unsafe driver and make poor decisions. The second problem with CPM is it's inconsistent so you can't have stability in knowing what your going to make from paycheck to paycheck. If the industry went to a salary wage I feel it would benefit the drivers and make them safer because they are not rushing to make as many miles as possible.
     
  4. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    A lot of companies pay a bit more for Reefer work. Quite a few pay more than 50 CPM. I am paid 50 CPM with Shaffer, 51 CPM after my 1 year anniversary. I've been averaging about 2800-2900 paid miles per week.

    I was taking a look at Roehl Transport in an ad the other day. They also pay north of 50 CPM.

    The number of miles driven does matter. If a company could offer me long loads and consistent 3000-3500 miles per week, I might take a small pay cut per mile driven because I would be doing more driving and less thumb-twiddling.
     
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  5. jtg80

    jtg80 Medium Load Member

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    No driver should make less than 1500.00 a week gross
     
  6. Farmerbob1

    Farmerbob1 Road Train Member

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    I disagree. Second chance drivers with problematic driving histories should get paid less, so there is an incentive for them to either drive better, or get a different job.
     
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  7. Crazytrucker77

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    I agree but so many make less then 1000 a week. It's not good but we do it anyway. I don't see it changing anytime soon
     
  8. Freddy57

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    In that I can do math, there is no way I would be a company driver for less than .80 per mile. Extra compensation would have to be offered for detention and layovers.
     
  9. Toomanybikes

    Toomanybikes Road Train Member

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    If????? Most companies that advertise 2500-3000 miles are lying. Yes their are indeed some that do, just not most. When they advertise that 3000 mile work week some drivers see big dollar signs knowing what crapy miles they got working at their training company and jump at the job. Of course the whole reason these jobs pay piece work is because they often don't have 3000 miles a week, and when they do, it is not consistent.

    Six is right you got to think about money not miles. These piece work companies all got you all BS'ed into thinking about the wrong thing. Miles means nothing. Can you take miles to the bank? Is your home loan financed based on the miles you run? When you chatting up that girl, does her panties drop when she hears what miles you run?

    To show you how much people get fooled by this 'miles BS':
    About the second day at orientation for the mega, we are all sitting all waiting for something to happen, shooting the breeze. The guy seated ahead of me gets a phone call from his buddy. His buddy says he has got a job lined up for driving dump truck for this union construction company. Now you would think orientation for a mega vs union construction should be a no brainer, but the consensus in the room is you get more 'miles' running for Swift.

    "Miles," I say. I ask the guy to give me the phone.

    He asks, "Why?"

    I said, "I need a new best buddy and I wan't to buy him some drinks before I go work my hourly job and get paid for each and every hour I work. Screw this 'mile' crap. While you guys are counting your miles, I will be banking $28 bucks an hour, time and a half, and double that on the weekend wether the truck moves or not." Well, I didn't buy those drinks, or get a new best buddy. They guy that was hesitant after he first got the phone call was beating feet running out the door.
     
  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Ok. He went to a local gig. I'm speaking in terms of Otr. There are some guys like myself who prefer running otr. I don't like running local. For an otr job, you have to make miles to make money, unless you're paid percentage and very few companies do that. I will agree that 3000 miles is hard to come by this day and age, unless companies show a willingness to take a loss on a load on occasion. I tend to look at companies that can have me run daily. For my needs, I can work with 2500 with at least 40 cents a mile. I'd like to see more of course, but that's a starting point. I guess it depends on each individual. Some like local and some like the open road.
     
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  11. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    In theory they shouldn't. Who are we kidding though, most drivers don't gross that, especially if they are at a mega. The ones that gross that in the megas are probably in the top 5 -10 percent.
     
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