Is Making $800 a week as a NEWBIE possible?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by cheeto9512, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. albhb3

    albhb3 Medium Load Member

    Nov 3, 2009

    Ya know if everyone had that idea run in there head we would have a lot less mess here in the good ole USA
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  3. old school hevyhauler

    old school hevyhauler Bobtail Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Fort Bragg, NC
    The game they all seem to play, is run your tail off, and make great money....... at first. Then, little by little, time out gets longer, and longer......... then your miles start dropping. Next thing you know, you're out 4 or 5 weeks, and bringing home 500 bucks. The philosphy is, "a hungry driver is a happy driver"...... theory is, if you are hurting for money, you won't complain where you go, or how long you're gone.
    Ranger70 Thanks this.
  4. roadkill4512

    roadkill4512 Medium Load Member

    May 9, 2008
    My first year I averaged $925 gross. I started at .31 mile, ran my rear off and never turned down a load nor ever had a service failure. Being dependable and a little bit of a squeaky wheel helps for more more miles.
  5. lonewolf4ad

    lonewolf4ad Road Train Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Displaced to Colorado
    Pay has gone down in alot of companies for rookies. SWIFT was 25cpm when I checked with them recently, JB Hunt was 28cpm, and FFE I am going back to with experience is gonna actually be 31cpm ( I was at 33 when I left).
  6. gcpumpkin

    gcpumpkin Bobtail Member

    Aug 29, 2011
    Renton, Washington
    can you drive 500 miles everyday? California? after you get your CDL, Be prepared for a couple months of intense studying and a lot of time away from family. OTR you might not see home for 3 months either. .26 x 500 = 130 x 7 = 910. That doesn't include wait time, sitting, repair, traffic, etc...........
  7. sammycat

    sammycat "Oldest Hijackerette"

    Apr 11, 2010
    Rochester, NY

    and is the life you want to make that amount of money? Not be home, eat on the run, sleep at a shippers, miss showers, pee in a jug, be asked to break the rules (HOS), run junk equipment to get miles?

    .......just saying it's not easy and you REALLY need to do your research before you jump out of a job or career that is dependable to driving where you pay week to week may change by ALOT and nothing is dependable except the crazy 4 wheelers!
  8. Truckersmooth

    Truckersmooth Light Load Member

    Aug 24, 2011
    Denver, CO
    Newbie pay in most industries is low.. Whats cool is even at the low end of things starting out in trucking I would right about where I am working in warehouse anyway. I'm kind of at my ceiling for my position and instead of going up further in logistics I figure that it's not what I want to do with my life so instead of spending mind numbing days going to business school to become a supervisor or manager with the same stress I already have or maybe more, I would rather do something I've always dreamed of doing. I won't lose much money to start which is nice! I think anyone willing to lose money to go into trucking would have to do it with a Passion to do it and not for the money.
  9. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    western pa
    i work on % so the idea is to drive less miles not more----i am still trying to figure the ins and outs of it---sometimes its better sometimes its not so good--but usually am bringing home--850 <> each week---going out generally monday am and home friday night --its a bit hard for me to tell if it is good or not--recently i did a 5 hr trip and got 360---but also have done a 7 hr trip and got 120--just depends on the rate
  10. canuck in da truck

    canuck in da truck Road Train Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    western pa
    you have to take everything into consideration tho --such as taxes --cost of living and such as well--my mortgage here is about 1/2 about what my rent was for a dumpy bachelor apartment in toronto---but in general--wages are lower in us in pretty much every sector
  11. sw1241

    sw1241 Light Load Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Ashtabula, Ohio
    My first year after being off for 26 years i made 66k
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