Is it worth it to quit a 23 YEARS steady job for Intermodal job ?

Discussion in 'Intermodal Trucking Forum' started by Cornel, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Cornel

    Cornel Bobtail Member

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    I make 15 to 20 stops per day ( 170 to 200 miles) for $22.30/Hour.I work the airport area (O'hare) Working with Freight forwarders is a nightmare yet,I still manage to do my stops daily.The company is taking advantage of me @ $22.30.every driver I talked to makes $25 to $30/hour.My company is not going to pay me that kind of money,they would rather let the their best driver go...I logged 23 years with these guys,The only reason I stayed with them is because I like the job I'm doing.I like to drive a Truck,but for $22.30? Man ,I'm getting ripped off.
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Do you like your current job or is it like a bad habit that's hard to break?
     
  4. Cornel

    Cornel Bobtail Member

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    Hi China.
    I have been number one in seniority for so many years (over 100 company drivers) every new driver that comes through our doors asked me :how the hell you stay with this company for so long?I like the job but I'm ready to move on...@22.30/h is not worth it anymore.I'm exploring every possible options ,Estes Trucking is one of them if I don't go owner operator.
     
    Chinatown Thanks this.
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Before you believe that, also ask them what sort of benefits they get. Most likely they are all paid on a 1099 and are bringing home less then you after taking that into account.
    One of the things that frustrate me at my current company is all the complaining about how little we are paid hourly vs some other companies at the plant.
    While it is true one other company the drivers make more on a per hourly basis, taken into the account of they are 1099 while we are legal and we get insurance for $9 week. Insurance alone is almost a $2 / hr "raise".

    All I'm advising is make sure to compare everything before making the jump. Who knows, you might actually be able to get a better paying job.
     
  6. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Good advice and good post.
    As an owner-operator, all the benefits such as healthcare, retirement, social security contributions, taxes, are his responsibility. Then all the overhead for running a small business is out of his pocket.
     
  7. Atlanta trucker

    Atlanta trucker Road Train Member

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  8. SoCalRed

    SoCalRed Medium Load Member

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    If other companies are paying $30 an hour why don’t you just ajoin them? You said you like the job, so you’ll be doing the same work for more money. Nothing wrong with moving to the competition if the pay is better.
     
  9. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    That wage might not be found in his part of the world. In the LTL sector, different terminals have different pay scales. The big city barns are often higher.
     
  10. Bmickey

    Bmickey Bobtail Member

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    Hey I’m from New Orleans And was looking to get into this business should I go flatbed instead?
     
  11. THE ROOKIE

    THE ROOKIE Light Load Member

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    Not sure how good flatbed is doing down there. I left in 1998. But intermodal is horrendous. Some of the train yards were okay but the ports :biggrin_25512:
     
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