New owner operators getting paid 1.05 loaded miles plus fuel surcharge and .90 empty miles.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by pumpkinishere, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. roundhouse

    roundhouse Heavy Load Member

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    I agree

    the earnings , well, the profit , are what’s important ,

    Back in the 90s when diesel was right around a dollar a gallon and a $15,000 used truck was a nice truck, I leased my tractor to a company that took 25% off the top, but they had almost unlimited freight from one location that paid considerably more than anyone else.
    Fresh tropical fruit from central
    America. And when the boat came in there was a mad scramble to find enough trucks to get it all delivered.

    I was on my own for backhauls and I usually didn’t fool with them.
    The outgoing freight paid $1.25 and the backhauls usually paid about 80 cents max and were hard to load because the preloaded trailer I hauled out with , was so small, everyone expected a 53 van and the trailers were 40 foot reefer banana shipping containers that were too small for most normal cargo loads.

    The backhauls would take several hours to most of the day to load and most of a day to unload near home.

    I actually made more money by deadheading 300 or 600 or more miles right back and grabbing another pre loaded trailer at 1.25

    or not , my old truck was paid for and usually one 900 mile outbound trip per week was plenty of money for me.
    I’d leave Monday afternoon and get back Wednesday morning with $700 in my pocket after fuel and all other expenses
    Some weeks I’d do two or three . Just depended on how hard I wanted to work.
     
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  3. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    You know, many of you guys don’t get it and that’s why you guys post about the rates and don’t see the problems with this thinking.

    get it into your mind that it doesn’t matter what they keep, it is what you get.

    focusing on what they keep holds back people, it comes from the human nature of greed, when people don’t get places like landstar have sources of work with rates that make up the imaginary losses that the owner think they end up with.

    With landstar you can’t be lazy and expect the offers to come to you, you have to seek out agents to work with, there is a lot of money to be made as a team, it is easy to sell that team but it takes time and it takes participation.
     
  4. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

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    >$1.05/mi ($0.90 empty)

    Sounds like Swift's O/O program xDDD
     
  5. jamespmack

    jamespmack Road Train Member

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    I wouldn't operate my pickup for that rate.

    Last I knew a "mile" was 5280 feet. Loaded or empty. Why would you charge less because your empty.
     
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  6. roundhouse

    roundhouse Heavy Load Member

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    I know a guy that gets more than that for driving his sprinter van delivering expedited freight.

    he nets 78 cents a mile after fuel and insurance. that’s not counting replacing his van, but I know he got it cheap at an auction and paid cash, think it was like $5k or something .

    The current reimbursement rate for using a personal vehicle at work is 56 cents a mile.

    I didn’t crank my big truck for less than a dollar a mile in 1995 .
    There’s now way I’d crank one for anything less than $2 or $2.50 a mile if i still owned one today .
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Road Train Member

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    My pilot cars get $1.65 per mile plus motels
     
  8. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    2$ a mile to ME is my target as a leased on percent of load oo, if i lied, i could say i get that on all miles, but thats only loaded miles (though ive been trying and mostly succeding at keeping deadhead to 150 or under)

    So reality is closer to 1.75 all miles, i can survive and pay the bills at 1.50 but why shoot for the low end not the high end?
     
  9. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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  10. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    Dang yall were doing better as company drivers
     
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  11. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    Yup, less expenses. I figure my cost per mile is $1.20
     
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