First year pay

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by okieboy78, Jan 19, 2020.

  1. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I am on track to make $42,000 my first year of having my CDL as a oilfield hotshot driver.

    I'm on call 24/7 with every other weekend off.

    Does this seem like decent pay for first year with no experience? I'm really ready to earn more money because it his hard to survive off of $42,000/year. I just understand that I have to put my time in before I can move up.
     
  2. Chinatown

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    You could have started out at $55K - $60K with other companies.
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    This is from your other thread; what happened?
    I've been bringing home $1,000-$1,200 every Friday and that's only being out 2 nights a week on average. I've only been out of CDL school for 6 months.
     
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  3. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I was making that, then the work just started slowing down..it's been really up and down lately and being paid % of the load sucks when that happens. Part of the oilfield though!
     
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  4. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Oilfield plus hotshot work equals feast or fathom, just kind of the nature of the business. Yes you can make big money in the old field but it can also be unforgiving. Keep your nose clean and network as much as you can, something will come along eventually.
     
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  5. Hazmat Cat

    Hazmat Cat Light Load Member

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    It could always be worse.
     
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  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    If u wanna get into oversize u could make more money. If u go otr u could make more money. Depends wat ur looking for . if u dont need to be home every weekend then there is definatly some flatbed gigs out here that will run u ragged but u will make good money
     
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  7. okieboy78

    okieboy78 Bobtail Member

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    I want to get into hauling water or crude oil, but I am getting no response when I submit applications and my guess would be I don't have a full one year experience yet. I have a clean driving record.
     
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  8. Cali kid

    Cali kid Road Train Member

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    Yup new driver plus tanker and offroad driving is a risky offer.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    Most people look at pay.

    Almost no one looks at expenses. As long your costs (Home, wife, kids, personal eating etc) is less than what you make you are or should be stacking money.
     
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  10. Mooseontheloose

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    A while back, I was looking to increase my earnings and @Chinatown recommended cryogenics. I made the move from foodservice delivery. I had no tanker experience, and no cryogenic experience but my new company gave me all the training I needed. Chinatown was right and I’ve not had a regret since. I know there’s plenty of Air separation units (where they process the product) in Oklahoma. I honestly believe that the OP could double his salary. (But they don’t give it away). Take a look at Air Products, Air Gas, Messer, and others. It’s been good for me!
     
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