I only have one word for that ##$%^&*()!##$%^&*
That doesn't even make sense...........what is it with these companies....
That is why information is needed before someone says yes......
The main reason I am with the company I started with is because, now when I go out with a student to train for 4 weeks I go home for 6-7 days........
I would have left awhile ago but everybody I talked to said things like
2-3-4 for being out 21-28 days............heck when I get home I sleep for a whole day...............
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I think you are on the right track in looking for local work. Family and friends are very important. I was fortunate enough to have never driven OTR. I have had six jobs (local) in my twenty + years of driving. In 1985, I made $11.96 per hour. Not great but I was home every night.
Local work will pay differently depending on what part of the country you live in among other things. The reward is that you are home more with your family. Just where you need to be and where most wish they were.
I live in the Los Angeles area of California. I work for a very good company. I work Monday thru Friday. I must say that I do have to work an occasional Saturday or Sunday but I am well compensated for it. I have had to work on holidays as well. The last being today. I worked 8 hours today. Total pay today was $482.80.
I received my final direct deposit check for the year on Wednesday. I am only going to show you what I made so you can get an idea of what it is like to work for a good local company. Remember that your pay will vary accordingly. It is by no means meant to demean you or anyone else. I do this to show you and others out there that there are good companies. They do exists however you are unlikely to find them advertising on here. The reason for that is they don't have to. That is one of the most important things to remember.
Total gross - $79,750.20
Total net - $60,949.13
Good luck in your quest for the right company. Remember that you are looking for a career, not just a job.
#jash369: Um, I've not heard much on it other than company sponsored training. If you don't mind if you hear that again try and get some more info on it for me please I actually make 15k a year but 12.5 is my take home "takes rape me good" Shoot 36k is a lot to me lol.
# Kingsson: Yea, i was talking to my dad's boss he runs a small flatbed business which all of his trucks run Arkansas->Goshen Ind-> Chicago ->Arkansas run every week and he told me that if i get the experience he would let me work for him and they bring home a good 800weekly. But Money isn't the only reason. I feel like this career is the career for me. I know what trucking is all about and I've seen it first hand. Yea I would like to go now But i don't turn 21 until July of next year Tbh i really considered Prime as my first company but not sure just yet. Got plenty of research to do.
Btw, Thank you both for your kind word's it has put me in a positive mind.
The veteran drivers know the only way to make money out there is to run as many miles as they can to maximize their earnings. They do this by making themselves available for as many loads as possible. Delivering loads early or picking them up early when possible. Managing their time will allow them to easily turn 3500 "paid" miles in a week. Be prepared to drive MORE miles than you get paid for. This is commonplace. there will be a 5 to 10% variance between your "pay miles" and actual miles. This is where the drivers break into the 50 to 60k range (depending on the cpm of course).
I happen to work for a co. that gets alot of bad input here however, I am very happy and it is working for me. It is not for everyone and you will have to find what works for you. OTR incorprates alot of aspects not just the life. You have to figure out what is important to you so that you can make the decission that will keep you from becoming unhappy.
Look at things like: hometime, benefits, pay raises, starting pay, solo vs. teaming, power invertors, truck parking, load pay (weekly etc.) forced dispatch, does the company pressure drivers to run illegal.
Good luck and hang in their. As you finish school their are and will be jobs available somewhere.
I did not take your post as demeaning to anyone. You are just trying to tell others that there are really good companies to work for out here. I know a lot of these people have to start somewhere and that somewhere might not be in the best area. Still, looking at what drivers settle for can leave a bad taste in your mouth. And you don't even work for them or know the driver.
Good luck and I hope this new year will be even better for you.
I scaled 1 load and ate 2 meals in a truckstop. When I got home on Dec. 23, I still had $9. I took no cash advances, nor did I use my debit card while out.
OH, and I brought the remaining groceries home with me during the holidays. Several heat and serve meals, ritz crackers, popcorn, 6 pck of drinks, 6 pck of grape juice, hot dogs, 3 differant sandwich meats, multiple soups, and a half eaten 4 lb bag of chicken strips. And of course, loaf bread.
You can live on the cheap...easier than you think.
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