How much were you making after your third year of trucking

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by DAX_, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. DAX_

    DAX_ Medium Load Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    First and foremost what did you start off doing as a rookie. How much did you make by your third year came around. And how much do you think someone in their third year should be making. Someone wit a clean record
  2. Digger130

    Digger130 Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    Dryvan no touch 39cpm 17months later 41cpm same company and getting less miles. Clean record hopefully another company after 24months will pay better. Just doing my time.
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  3. Digger130

    Digger130 Light Load Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    All companies I call want 2yrs experience for more than I'm making now. It's like being an apprentice all over again.
  4. FlaSwampRat

    FlaSwampRat Road Train Member

    Jun 1, 2019
    Valrico FL
    By my third year I was top rate which was $26.50/hr at the time (2001). I was making around 85k in the early years.
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  5. blairandgretchen

    blairandgretchen Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2011
    South west Missouri
    Started 2004. Reefer .D&D Sexton. 30cpm

    Third year was a 2nd company, Freymiller - at .40cpm

    Fourth year teaming doubles at ODFL with wife at 60cpm. 2008. Good year to be locked into a good LTL outfit for 7 years.

    Left there 2015 at 70cpm.

    Hope this helps.
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  6. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    I don't meet your criteria because I haven't been on the road 3 years yet, but I'll pitch in.

    Started 0.40 per mile, zip to zip all miles. I think I am still at only 0.41 now still.

    But I am still with my starter company. I have been giving my next move a lot of thought. In my opinion, there would be a balance between good pay and what you like doing. So what kind of driving do you like and compare it with pay.

    I really want to drive solo, but also team driving checks are kind of addicting once you get to used to receiving them.

    I could drive for R&L Carriers team line haul and make 80-120k a year. But I don't have my own truck. So I need to think about how important it is to have my own truck vs making 2k-2400 a week.
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  7. Fold_Moiler

    Fold_Moiler Road Train Member

    Mar 17, 2017
    Started at 18 an hour, make 33 now four years later. Next year will be 34.75.

    with unemployment and some side jobs this winter I’ll be at 80k or so. Could make more but I don’t like working 50+ hours.

    first year I make like 30k or something.
  8. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    i started with cr.england at .23cents a mile.
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  9. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    First yr. 1992, $36,000 @ $8.00 an hr. Lots of O.T. Had quit a job Driving straight Truck. at 8.75 hr, no O.T.Annual Pay basically doubled.( At that time, Teamsters Master Freight top pay was $16.00+ per hr. Non Union Overnite, paid $11.00 hr. All straight time.) 2 yrs later, 1994, $14.92-$15.34 as a Casual, Teamster Master Freight Contract. Worked 60 hrs every week, $1000 per week, it was good money at the time. 1996 bought a Truck. Since then, I have no idea what I make. Lol
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  10. bonder45

    bonder45 Medium Load Member

    Oct 2, 2011
    Williston, ND
    2008 - In city P&D, $62,000
    2011 - Same job but more skilled, $125,000

    ( side note, this was in Edmonton, Alberta with a full commission paid job - paid per pickup + paid per pound )
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