I wanna hear from some Pam drivers what's the pay for newbies fresh out of school

Discussion in 'PAM' started by Darkwing662, May 8, 2012.

  1. J.irish

    J.irish Bobtail Member

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    thanks skokz. yeah the home time will be the biggest factor for me seeing as i have two young kids. hate to even be out a whole year but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do to support the family.
     
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  3. Fergie

    Fergie Bobtail Member

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    I just spent the past two years working for free in another industry as a "student" so any pay will be a step up for me and it will be nice to have the CDL to make it worth while. I'm looking at it all pretty much the same, its on-the-job training and, if I'm good at it and work hard without some disproportionate sense of entitlement, then I should be just fine. ~Fergie
     
  4. buckwheat58

    buckwheat58 Bobtail Member

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    Don't go to PAM unless there is no where else to go. Your dispatcher can make you or break you ( I mean your spirit) I went to work for PAM. After training, got a truck that had just come out of the shop with transmission problems, had about 440,000 miles on it, nasty, no broom to sweep out trailers with, no fuses, etc. When I ask about things I needed, they said buy it at the nearest Wal Mart. 1st load refused because the company said there was no where to put the load. While I was there I found out they had been having that problem a while. 2nd load Trane Company had put the wrong sticker on the load inside trailer, so it was the wrong load. All this time the transmission warning light would come on. PAM told me how to reset the transmission. From Tontitown, Ark to Arlington, Tx. then to Irving, Tx. then to Tyler Tx. then to Harahan, La. I made a little over $300.00. My dispatcher was a jerk. He didn't care if I got home are not and didn't want to here about the problems I was Having with the truck or the loads. He said it wasn't his problem. I told him, they could come and get the truck because I was through.
     
  5. airforcetoo

    airforcetoo Heavy Load Member

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    so, did u abandon the truck?
     
  6. TwistedHellbilly

    TwistedHellbilly Bobtail Member

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    Hometime is gonna suck. They say a min of 3 weeks out, but most of the time it turns into 5 or 6 weeks before you get home. Sometimes you get lucky.

    I have a new baby and its not been worth it to work for PAM as a greenhorn, but hell, stick it out for 6 months and then you can goto a better paying company. a few will take you with 3 to 6 months and pay 36 to 42 cent a mile starting.
     
  7. ecmcintosh

    ecmcintosh Light Load Member

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    Call it what you want buddy. Hebron, KY to Los Angeles is 2149 miles, multiply that by 3 and tell me what you come up with.
     
  8. airforcetoo

    airforcetoo Heavy Load Member

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    So are u saying that u guys did those 2000+ miles in what ... 2 days?
     
  9. ecmcintosh

    ecmcintosh Light Load Member

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    It's a 39 hr trip one way @ 55 mph. Add to that preloaded trailers and drop and hook and there you go.
     
  10. airforcetoo

    airforcetoo Heavy Load Member

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    So its a dedicated run. That's not OTR. That way, I'll agree with u but u got lucky, not all teams in PAM run dedicated; a lot I know don't actually. So, ure the exception not the rule. Not picking a fight with u or anything, just want ppl who read this to be informed.
     
  11. Royburker

    Royburker Light Load Member

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    are you with PAM now? Hows it going there? do u do west of the mississippi river?
     
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