FedEx Apprentice Program

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  1. nvitorio

    nvitorio Bobtail Member

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    Hi guys, new here.
    I’m currently a pest control guy and looking for a career change. Ive been working on pest control for about 4 years now and I’m making 29$/h.

    I do have my CDL permit and today I got a call from FedEx saying they are starting at 21$/h. I understand it’s a sacrifice to start a new career + getting paid to get the CDL license.

    Anyone have been through this fedex program and have any word? Should I stay doing pest control and get my license by my self and then apply for a better job?

    thank you.
     
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    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

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  4. nvitorio

    nvitorio Bobtail Member

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    Pest control is sinking a little bit because of covid and not much overtime anymore like use too...

    I was thinking in getting only class B and working for a waste company that pays well. But I was wondering if Fedex was a good salary/job for the long run, that’s why I just want to get some info from you guys.
     
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    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

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    jmz Heavy Load Member

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    So the $21/hr is only for the training program, which shouldn't take longer than 2 months. There won't be any overtime during that period either. After you complete the training and get promoted to a full driver position, the pay would be around $24/hr with a raise every year for 3 years, currently topping out around $30/hr. There's also an additional raise every October that moves up the whole pay progression scale. OT is never guaranteed, but freight levels are currently booming so it shouldn't be a problem for now.

    Overall, it sounds like you might be taking a pay cut for a few years, but if you have your mind set on coming into this line of work, I'd say it's worth it to start here.

    Also, it's worth noting that you could make significantly more money as a Road driver, but you would have to deal with working overnights.
     
  7. nvitorio

    nvitorio Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the answer.
    To get a job as a road driver - I actually love working overnight - is that a seniority position or can I ask after training?

    And after training how much should I sim for first year? Thanks man.
     
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    To go to the road side, it depends on your terminal. Some places frequently hire anyone, including outside hires to go straight to road. While at other places it’s so popular that there’s a years long waiting list of city drivers who want to transfer.

    I honestly can’t say much on pay because I went straight to road. I made $63k my first full year. To do that as a city driver, you would have to average 47 hours/wk. The only people who can accurately guess how many hours you’ll get are the ones who work at that terminal.
     
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