For company OTR drivers....

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Lennythedriver, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

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    .... What percentage of your overall pay comes from other things than actually driving miles. This is for drivers who are paid by the mile. I’m curious like how much detention, layover and any other pay types you might receive as a total percentage of your Annual salary. I just calculated mine out and determined that about 11% of my salary or income over the last year was for other things then driving. Safety bonus, detention pay, mechanical breakdown pay a couple times, and layover pay.

    I ask, because I bumped in to a more experienced driver the other day and he swears that at least 1/3 of the income he makes each year comes from the above. Now I tend to go pretty soft on the detention pay requests. Maybe I need to bump it up a bit? I do t usually bother unless it’s several hours of sitting past appointment times...Maybe when I request it and it gets ignored I need to request it again and again? LOL

    So what percentage of your pay comes from outside a total miles driven?
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I never figured out the percentage, but that driver is probably correct at 1/3rd where he works. Not all companies are that reasonable when it comes to pay.
    At a tanker company I was paid:
    fuel the truck
    pre-trip the truck
    post-trip the truck
    detention after one hour/the first hour was covered with "stop pay"
    layover pay
    34 hr. reset pay (choice of $50 cash or a hotel room)
    break down pay
    safety meeting pay
    This was at Tankstar and don't know if it's still that way.
     
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  4. Zues

    Zues Bobtail Member

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    Under 3% :-( But I believe mostly fair at current rates am middle of pack as I understand :)
    An regional if that makes difference
     
  5. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Light Load Member

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    For me probably 1%. To me if you're making over 10% of your pay as accessorial you or your dispatcher is doing something wrong unless you work for a company that pays you for every step you take.
     
  6. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I say about less than one percent too. Rarely have I seen detention pay over the years. I get it periodically now, but ita not often that I sit in the dock for hours on end.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    In Post #2 forgot, we were also paid $12.00 per day to help with food money. Had to show receipts that totaled at least $12.00
    $12.00 may not seem like much, how many companies do that?
    That's $84.00 in 7 days.
     
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  8. Metalicious

    Metalicious Light Load Member

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    I worked for a company once a long time ago in the oil field doing wireline work that paid $6 every six hours for meals while you were on location. I was paid $2,200 a month base salary. Between the meals and job bonuses, my total income was doubled.
     
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  9. scott180

    scott180 Medium Load Member

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    In Fuel delivery I was paid by the hour.
    You got. 45 min to load. 45 min to off load. Anything more than that you put down a reason it took longer but anything thing less you kept as bonus.
    On a normal, no delay run was 15 min to load 30 min to offload so I'd ge an extra 45 min a run pay. At 6 loads a shift that was 4h 15min extra pay a day on a good shift. Made about $350 a day. If I had a long run that took time to load/offload that day would only pay $250. But that was 9 years ago.

    You can make a lot from extra pay in the right circumstances.
     
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