Help me decide what to pay a driver

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  1. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

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    So I need some help. ( flat bed work )

    I currently have my girl running a tanker for me local, she makes $25 / hour, OT after 8 or 40 / week.

    I've been currently paying her hourly wage when she does extra OTR stuff for me but I've come to realize that it's not sustainable to pay her an hourly wage when she does OTR stuff because it pays SIGNIFICANTLY less than my tanker work.

    Would it be more ideal to give her a cent / mile OR % of what the total bill charged is.

    Back story, she is currently working a 2 weeks on, 1 week off schedule. I do the same, so we cross shifts every 2 weeks.

    I've been doing the OTR stuff personally but I would like to throw her out there so she can get on the road ( she likes long distance stuff once and awhile, the tanker work is pretty boring )
     
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  3. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    Typical pay is 25%. Depending on you’re revenue, you can decide. But 25% as a rule of thumb Should insure your overhead/ profit is met. Along with paying her a decent rate. I think % is best for everyone. Makes both parties Partners in Sucess.
     
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  4. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    What do similar operations have for pay packages where you are? That would be a good start point.
     
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  5. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

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    I’m in the oilfield, everything is over inflated here.

    I just want to diversify a little bit so everyone has a little more work.
     
  6. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    Percentage of line rate would be a reasonable method. 25 to 30 percent is the industry’s average.
    I see ads for van drivers offering both percentages and CPM, most of the CPM rates are running between .48 to .58 for starting as company driver, higher end for experience. Have seen a few that are in .65 to.78 for more specialized work.
     
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  7. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    It doesn't matter what you pay cpm or % because it all works out the same unless you're paying her some extraordinary wage. Being that she's your chick if Im understanding that right, Id probably pay her more than a fair wage.
     
  8. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

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    We discussed it and she agrees with any OTR work at 28%.

    She’s just a worker, not my girl.
     
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    BackwoodsGA Road Train Member

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  10. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    I hope you are paying her as a W2 employee. 28% isn't enough if you are screwing her on a 1099.
     
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  11. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

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    She's a normal employee with full company paid benefits.
    Hers checks average $3000 / 2 weeks when I pay her by the hour. This OTR is just extra to fill in the days when the tanker work is slow.
     
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