How much do container haulers make? Would like real numbers.

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  1. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    Benn listening to the news the last couple of weeks and everybody is blaming the supply chain problem on a shortage of truck drivers. Listening to these idiots makes my blood boil. One guy this morning said that the average can hauler at the ports is making $150K $200K per year, and I had to laugh when I heard that. From what I've read on TTR, container haulers don't make a lot. So what's the truth? How much on average to company drivers make and O/O's?

    The public is under the false impression that driving is a high paying career. I just did a search on average truck driver salaries and many sites show an average of $80K to $100K per year for company drivers. I know there are many making that kind of money, but average salary that high?

    One site shows owner operators averaging $350K in "salary" per year. That's the biggest load of crap I've ever read. Gross yes, salary no.
     
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  3. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    In my area I've heard about 750 avg a day running out of the jersey ports up to Scranton/Binghamton area.

    Probably 650ish coming up to scranton area
     
  4. supergreatguy

    supergreatguy Light Load Member

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    I pull containers 50% of the time O/O. I grossed 247k last year home everyday
     
  5. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    It seems that the majority of trucks I see pulling containers would have a tough time passing a level three DOT inspection.
    Which kinda tells me they ain’t making great money.
     
  6. Bakerman

    Bakerman Road Train Member

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    One place I pick up in Fontana, I see these guys bring the cans out but then they have to sit in their truck and wait for it to be unloaded to bring the empty back.
    That’s about 60 to 70 miles one way, plus you got a fight the traffic and I assume wait at the port either get in or get out.
    How many of those can you do in a day?
     
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    mmk trucking Light Load Member

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    Right now i pull cont out of chicago i net 3000 a week home every day
     
  8. SteveScott

    SteveScott Road Train Member

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    I guess that's what I'm seeing too, which makes high numbers "NET" pulling cans difficult to believe. I pass through Portland and Seattle almost weekly, and the trucks I see pulling cans are very old and beat up, which gives the impression they ain't making much.
     
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  9. Midwest Trucker

    Midwest Trucker Road Train Member

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    If people on TTR get company driver vs owner op confused, and gross vs net, then it’s expected the media would too.
     
  10. sealevel

    sealevel Road Train Member

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    LMAO. As long as the IRS doesn't get it confused I don't care what anyone thinks.
     
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  11. PSM379

    PSM379 Medium Load Member

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    Lol I just told my wife almost the same thing. If 1 more non trucking person tells me there’s a trucker shortage I’m going to loose it. I explain to people there isn’t. Lol
     
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