I Made $18k My First Year

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by LetUsKing, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Where are you in Mississippi?
    Maybe some jobs as @Lunatic Fringe posted about.
    One year experience, you're qualified for some high paying line haul/LTL jobs.
    Need all the endorsements for those, but well worth getting them to make over $90K.
    There's drivers on here making that and more doing those driving jobs.
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  3. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Op check out LTL outfits such as estes,Old dominion,saia, Southeastern, AAA cooper, FedEx freight.

    Good luck.
  4. haz-matguru

    haz-matguru Road Train Member

    Feb 18, 2012
    Loves aka Gemini
    LEGEND in Petal MS
    Are a few to try.

    Leave those B/S OTR companies on the side of the road!!!

    If you want a promising career then seek out private carriers and LTL companies. Most of these places pay you for everything you do.
  5. '88K100

    '88K100 Medium Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020

    I charge daily “virus sanitizing” of the cab since virus started, they can’t deny me as employer must provide a safe working environment. Feels good to be the screwer instead of screwy :D
  6. tallguy66

    tallguy66 Light Load Member

    Oct 18, 2018
    Wow, that’s rough... I personally would not have lasted 3 weeks. It’ll be very easy for you to find a much better job that pays a minimum of 1100 a week, as long as you didn’t hit anything while at PAM.
  7. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Don’t need to bash you for this but did you not demand a new truck?

    pam like other fleets have more than one truck.
  8. TerryG1982

    TerryG1982 Bobtail Member

    Jan 12, 2010
    Granite Falls NC
    That's rough, man. I got lucky and got on with a good outfit here in NC right out of school, stayed with them for 8 years until I went local. I've got a buddy that drives for PAM, he's dedicated and does a bit better now but those first few years I'd ask him once or twice a week why he stayed there. His truck was always in the shop and he got paid next to nothing.

    Like some of these guys have said, LTL is definitely worth a look. I got on with a FedEx ground contractor about a month ago, I'm paid a salary of $1200 a week and work anywhere from 5-8 hours a night, 5 days a week. It's not as much as I made on the road, but I rarely work even 40 hours a week and I'm home every morning before sunrise, and if I want a little extra money there's always extra runs available.

    Every contractor is going to be different, but it's easy work and there's definitely a decent living to be earned doing it. If you're not about living the OTR life (not knocking it fellas, it's just not for everyone) it's a good option.
  9. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    You should set your job goals higher than that. K&B, any company's dollar store accounts and even Marten get frequent posts here in the "Bad Company" section. Do a lot of research and make sure you are actually moving up. Consider everything a recruiter tells you to be a lie unless you can talk to some drivers that run for them and verify.
    @haz-matguru gave you some good suggestions. If you have kept your record clean as far as tickets and/or accident you are in an excellent position to go you a really good company.
  10. abyliks

    abyliks Road Train Member

    May 2, 2010
    ludlow MA
    I would be asking if you wanted fries with that or saying welcome to Walmart before I drove a truck to that, I did 43 or 47k my first year in 2007 in food service and I couldn’t even leave Mass
  11. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    I have grossed 18k since the first of the year! Time to move on. If you have a clean record, can manage your clock and plan your trips, check out Danny Herman, they will run the tires off of your truck. They are always looking for good Drivers. Good luck!
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