Percentage pay pulling tanker, what will it pay?

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  1. CruzControhl

    CruzControhl Light Load Member

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    Found a job pulling tankers that i think i would like, offering 25% of trucks gross...only problem is ive never been paid like that and i skeptical about it...
    I guess i should have asked what most guys take home per week. Any advice? Its an established company with many years in the game.
     
  2. "semi" retired

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    You should be skeptical, it's the shadiest way to get paid in trucking. Reputable or not, they're not going to tell you what that load really paid, 25% of what? 1st trucking co. I worked for in the late 70's, pulling a dump trailer, I was told I got 27% of the trucking charge. I did that for quite a while, year and a half, one day, the boss tells me to pick up a check for the trucking charge, after a little math, I was making more like 22%. I quit shortly after, and never worked for % again. It can work out, on say some kind of dedicated deal, mileage about the same deal, except, you know what you are making per mile. By the hour was the only way I trucked for the next 30 years.
     
  3. ncdriver1

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    I would only do that if it was a dedicated account that I would run, with a consistent linehaul rate and freight. Remember you'll be forced dispatch, so that cheap freight or pita customer noone wants to deal with will fall into your lap.
     
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  4. slim shady

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    I worked for QC on percentage
    27% iirc of the linehaul and $18 hr for everything else, the rate was on all my check stubs. I was paid very well.
    Checks were wrong a few times, But they were quick to fix them.
     
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  5. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

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    Usually it is a percentage of the linehaul revenue - the actual amount the carrier charges for moving the load. As a company driver, you will not receive a percentage of the fuel surcharge (because you're not buying the fuel). You might also receive accessorial pay for things like demurrage (detention time), layover, washouts, etc.
     
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  6. CruzControhl

    CruzControhl Light Load Member

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    Upon researching this company one driver stated that they show you what the truck grosses that way you know you're being paid fairly.
     
  7. "semi" retired

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    I have no problem that they are paying you 25% of some mystery number. It's a bad business practice telling a truck driver what that load really pays for fear of being undercut by some O/O that will work for nothing. Just be careful with % . Hit the wrong button, as I say, I have no problem with the 25% of some mystery number, just be careful with %, that's all. Remember, sitting in traffic or waiting on a load, you make less and less per hour, that wasn't for me.
     
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  9. CruzControhl

    CruzControhl Light Load Member

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    "Hit the wrong button"? And what you're saying about the mystery number and o/o makes perfect sense.
     
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  10. ErieMcDreary

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    I worked percentage for a couple years, found out the company was skimming about 5% right off the top, then giving the percentage of 95%. Still, it was decent money on outbound loads. However, backhauls absolutely sucked, which dropped the overall mileage pay. Also remember, deadheading pays NOTHING!
    This was back in the 90's, outbound worked out to about $.43cpm, inbound was around $.12cpm. Of course I had a "large car" so I didn't mind too much, until I realized I couldn't afford to buy any nice things.
     
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