What did you make back in the day?
Put the year and your salary in the inflation calculator to see what it would need to be in today's dollars.
Year and salary.
2021 Equivalent salary.
What type of trucking.
This should be interesting
Comparing wages - Old vs New
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1st year OTR, 4th year driving
I think it was actually closer to $40k, but don't remember exactly. It was just over $0.25/mile with bonuses, on 150,000 miles/year. In a cut back 300 Cummins that ran 63 mph.
Well, how far back you want to go? In the 70's, I made like $3.25 hour as a city delivery, foundry paid about $4.25. 1st trucking job. an asphalt company, late 70's, made $4.50/hr. 1st semi job, was like 22%, which came out to about the same, $4.50/hr.( or less, sometimes), then I hit the big time, I was an egg/cheese hauler, route delivery, mid 80's, I made $13.25/hr, straight pay, no OT. When I bought my own truck, late 80's, I made about .87/mile or $32,000/yr, probably my best wage so far, but was like 80 hrs/week, then,,,my zenith of jobs, my union bread hauling job, mid-90's, I made $17.50/hr, again, no OT, which was low for a union job, but still, with benes, the best I ever did.
Oh, I forgot to convert to todays wages, although, sometimes I don't agree with what they say, but $3.25 in 1973, is like $19.00 today, which I disagree, $13.25 in 1985 is like $32.00 today, which is total bunk, and my O/O @$32,000 in the early 90's, is like $60,000 today, that I could relate to, but one, I think, would have to gross over $100,000 today to take home that$60g's. Just seemed easier in 1993,,,Buster Brown semi was the highest paying job in the 80's and 90's, I think @$25 bucks an hour, I don't think they make $50/hr today,,,do they?Last edited: Mar 4, 2021
1976 running flatbed which ever way the company needed I was on salary of 800 per week non taxed = 41K annually
By 1980 I was working for a local mega, Overland Express for .23 per mile = 28K annually.
The country was in a recession from like 80 to 83.
By the mid 80s I was still OTR but making .28, around 34K annually.
In 87 went to drive for a entertainment transportation company and pay varied but was fun and easy w pay approximately 35K to 46K till 1992.
Went with private carriers in 92 and have been w several but started at 52K then and except for a 3 year period have never done less than 65K.
Under the current contract we (rank & file) earn between 100 and 134K.
135K today is the equivalent of 43K in 1980 dollars.
I remember, when I started, mid 70's, OTR drivers were getting like .11/mile, or according to inflation, be about .76/mile today, and I just don't believe that. .11/mile was a company rate, and company drivers don't make .76/mile today, do they?
How much did truckers earn in past decades? 1990s? 1980s? 1970s?
Worked there for 33 years.
The last full year I worked I earned 112,000 adding in vacation pay , built up sick pay for that year ( 1/2 day a month )
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