My burning questions about crst

Discussion in 'CRST' started by Hokage87, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Hokage87

    Hokage87 Bobtail Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Broadview, IL
    I have a pre-hire letter from crst and i plan on pursuing gettin my training from Progressive Truck Driving School thru the WIA program.. my questions are...

    1. with me getting training from somewhere else how much will i start off making?

    2. will it be hard to find 2 other drivers in my area to do the 20/10 program?

    3. and how does the pay schedule work?

    please give me some insight it would br greatly appreciated!!!!
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  3. GasHauler

    GasHauler Master FMCSA Interpreter

    Oct 23, 2005
    I really think those questions need to be answered by the company. That is if you want solid factual information. Besides it may even change when or if you go there.
  4. maxwelltie

    maxwelltie Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2010
    Brookings, OR
    If you don't have other people to team with, CRST will put you together with a team. About the only consideration when they do this is smoking/non smoking and sex. They don't do compatability tests or hand you a questionaire to match you like a dating service. (a common belief amongst recruits)
    Pay at CRST (after training) begins at 0.22 per mile, split. This means you are paid for all miles of the truck, whether you drive them or your team mate drives them. This does not include while the other two team drivers are driving when you are on your 10 day break.
    Presently, 20/10 teams are getting a hair over 5,000 miles per week. So figure @5M miles, you're earning about $1100 per week to be split, or $550 per week for yourself. Also consider you are working about 3 weeks per month so your monthly average earnings to start are about $1650 per month gross.
    The amount you're paid increases over the first year.
    Also consider your team mate (s) may have more experience than you, so they may be paid at a higher rate. So for simplicity's sake, figure you are earning 0.11/mile for the total miles of the truck driven when you are on duty.
    As I recall, they pay weekly.
    Of those drivers I've spoken to on the 20/10 program, all agreed that CRST is very good about 20 on, 10 off. They will give you that in writing.
    The only question you really have to ask yourself is: Can I team drive with a stranger?
    I did it with another company when I started back in '72 and had no problem. However consider whether you can sleep in a bouncing truck. I was young then, just back from overseas where I slept in holes full of water, with bullets flying by, so sleeping in a bouncing Freightliner was easy.
    Remember. That team driver will be closer to you than a girlfriend, wife or anyone else. You are cooped up in a tiny cab for 20 days at a time. You better be able to get along with people pretty easily!
    Team driving is most profitable for the company, but it's what makes it so difficult for most drivers.
    If you're inclined to do it, go for it! When you get older in life, you don't regret the things you did. You regret those things you didn't do.
    Rollr4872, x1Heavy and Roscopeco Thank this.
  5. Hokage87

    Hokage87 Bobtail Member

    Apr 21, 2010
    Broadview, IL
    thanks a lot for all the info..I don't have a problem sharing space with someone as long as their not total a-holes..long as I have my ipod or my labtop ill be fine when im not behind the wheel. as far as sleepin in a bouncing I think I can manage that..I can deal with the 20/10 program..just hope I don't be stuck at .22 per mile for a long time..
  6. vinsanity

    vinsanity Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    South Florida
    Pay is twice weekly, tuesdays and thursdays. They use transflow. Look on their website for pay rates. Raises start the 3rd month after training. They get bigger after 6 months.
  7. deeproller

    deeproller Bobtail Member

    Apr 12, 2010
    SW Arkansas
    A driver from the Chicago area will find no short supply of co-drivers. Hell, half of my trainees were from the area! I'm pretty sure that for the 20/10 program co-drivers are assigned with no input from you. If you want to have some say in that, you'd be better off going the regular team route.
  8. westcoast

    westcoast Light Load Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    los angeles, ca
    is not just question of pay rate, is how many miles per week they can give u. if you have money set aside. then u ready to get the learning xperience in the trucking world.If you have a question in rule and regulation, call you D.O.T and they will give you acurate answers. Dont trust anyone else.
  9. kevstruckin1

    kevstruckin1 Bobtail Member

    Dec 6, 2017
    if i have cdl already and my wife does to how much will we make at crst?no experience,just wanna run team with my wife? ty
  10. driverdriver

    driverdriver Road Train Member

    May 30, 2011
    No one has posted on this thread in 7yrs

    Look at the bottom left at end of last quote.
  11. nightgunner

    nightgunner Road Train Member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Call them, they have just announced a very nice pay raise
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