Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by clappdt, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. clappdt

    clappdt Bobtail Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    I viewed a job posting that said "Home weekends pay scale... .35cpm or percentage of gross based on experience 2-5yrs 24%. This is a reefer regional running 5 states with wkly home time. ANY THOUGHTS???
  2. slim shady

    slim shady Road Train Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Chicago, Il.
    3yrs. exp. you can do alot better than 35cpm
  3. clappdt

    clappdt Bobtail Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    I can choose either way to get paid, but I have never been paid percentage. Trying to find out what that typically would equated to. Running reefer in a 5 state range with being home weekly and thru the house at least once a week the ad states. How does that rate equate on reefer loads?
  4. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    Most times it would be a wash. A few dollars difference each week. BUT, if one of their customer's goes looking for a cheaper carrier to lower the costs, then your percentage rate will fall below the CPM rate.
    24% of $1.95 is a lot less than 24% of $3.00, see where i am going.
  5. G/MAN

    G/MAN Road Train Member

    Sep 3, 2010
    You need to ask the company their average haul rate and then do the calculations. I find that percentage usually pays more, but it all depends on the rate.
  6. cpape

    cpape Desk Jockey

    Jul 15, 2010
    Dubuque, IA
    I would imagine there is a good chance percentage pay could work better for the job you are looking at. Because you are running a five state area you will have shorter loads, which usually pay a higher rate per mile. If the company deadheads a lot (which pays nothing on percentage), it could offset this. I would second what G/MAN says...you have to ask the company more questions. They should be willing to tell you what their drivers average per mile on percentage. I would assume there will not be a tremendous difference between the two options or they wouldn't give you the choice.
  7. snowman01

    snowman01 Road Train Member

    Sep 27, 2011
    North Carolina
    I run a percentage now after running cpm for years. I get 28% and the money seems to be working out about the same however it is dry freight not reefer. I would ask the company for a sample of several regular loads that they do and the actual amount they get to base your pay on which is what I did before starting with my company. You will probably find out that it is a wash.
  8. Lonesome

    Lonesome Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    Northern Indiana
    May be talk to a few cof their drivers, if you can, see what they say.
  9. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    I get paid a split of hourly and percentage. All my local work is hourly, anything beyond 100 air miles is percentage (30% plus a percentage of detention pay if there is any). I have a couple of percentage runs that balance out to $.60 cpm, and a couple that balance out to $.20 cpm. I would try to find out what the rate the company charges on a load to figure it out. THe other option, talk to some current drivers ask them, that will give you a good idea. If more are taking CPM over percentage, then the company is lowballing and your better off taking CPM.
    snowman01 Thanks this.
  10. Wooly Rhino

    Wooly Rhino Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Liberty, Missouri
    Speaking for the Company. I am going to pay you as little as possible. If I give you two choices you can bet that they are both the same. They are the lowest wage I think you will except. I am not going to give you a choice where you make more money then I would have had to pay you the other way. The percent of haul makes you feel like you are more a part of the company. The per mile is a way I can figure out what my fixed cost will be per mile. Both are equal. But you have to pick one. Since I am a Republican, I am in a Dirty Harry Mood.

    "You have to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky today? Well, do you punk?"
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