Knight Orientation Pay:$150.00 for Three Long Days!

Discussion in 'Knight' started by Surfer Joe, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. Surfer Joe

    Surfer Joe Heavy Load Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Cape Ann, Massachusetts
    Ok, to all you potential newbies out there that are considering signing on with one of the big mega carriers;

    Most, if not all are considered 'bottom feeders', that is, they don't pay much more than minimum wage while at the same time, they will work you like a dog.

    But, you will get much needed experience.

    That being said, Knight might be better avoided completely. The extremely low pay for your own valuable time in an orientation is a direct indicator of what is to follow, if you were to sign on with them.
    Check out as many other companies as possible. There are plenty of them out there.
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  3. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    There giving you a career for your future, when I went May orientation in Phx the week started with 20 people by the end of there were like maybe 7 and 3 of us left the lot on friday, two in trucks they flew me to Jacksonville to pickup an abanone truck, but thats another story entirely..
  4. HotH2o

    HotH2o Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    Bunyan Springs, Colorado
    So you signed up for Knight. Accepted their terms and now want to cry about it because you think it isn't fair? Wtf is this world coming to?
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  5. VA CDL Holder

    VA CDL Holder Medium Load Member

    Jun 14, 2011
    I have a orientation with them on Tuesday in PHX, how was it? What if I blow the driving test? Do they send you packing or do they have a trainer thing like Swift does? Just asking if you can help me out with some inside scoop.
  6. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    Back then it was dont hit anything, you'll go for a drive then they have you make right into the lot (do not hit the curb) pull around and back it into a spot. There were not second chance back then , dont know about now.
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  7. Boriqua

    Boriqua Light Load Member

    Feb 12, 2014
    Rockport, Texas
    Thank you for teaching him the error of his ways. Love the support by the elite few on this site. If nothing the thread is educational on who to stay away from out there and in here.
  8. 207nomad

    207nomad Medium Load Member

    Jul 8, 2015
    And, when I went through orientation with May back around 2002 in Layton, Utah, they did all of the above plus gave me the company car to use while I wasn't attending orientation. Their only request was not to go out and get a wasted at the bars and drive back to the hotel.
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  9. bigblue19

    bigblue19 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2007
    Midland WA
    They pay for hazmat $85 and TWIC $125 and post hire DOT physical renewals and endorsements.
    They are not the best or worst. But the people out of Portland that can handle a 14/3 schedule make $1000 to $1400 a week + .05 in bonuses that are not hard to get.
    A non- student starts at .38 or .43 with bonuses2650 avg per week which she (friend with 12yrs at knight as a driver) says is avg on the company board in Fairview OR. $12,084 per qrtr add $1590 for bonus? $54,696 per yr with bonus $48,336 without. 64% get all bonuses 29% get half and the rest get less the half. You will probably lose the fuel bonus in the summer (noAPU)
    This is for a new driver not guys there a year or more. This does not include any accessorial or vacation pay that is gross divided by 52. Nor does it incude sliding scale for under 500ml runs or stop offs
    My friend in Visalia Ca who went back to work for them after trying local makes .43 after 2 yrs runs 14/3 and made over 60k last year. He works out of Tulare The median family income is like 52k for the country. I am not a recruiter nor do I work there. But on the I-5 corridor talk to the knight drivers that look like they belong in a truck. I made good income at every OTR carrier I worked at. It was all the micromanaging donuts I did not like.​
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2017
  10. Coover

    Coover Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2016
    They do... $50/day ;-). What other job/career in America expects you to work for below minimum wage, or do work and not get paid. That's right trucking, why cuz it's just part of the job.
  11. 1278PA

    1278PA Road Train Member

    Dec 5, 2015
    Does Knight provide a hotel room for you to stay at while during orientation? If so that's a lot of money they put out with the $50 a day for more then half of the people not to make it anyway.
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