Should I be happy with this 70k a year job even though I hate NYC traffic?

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  1. STransport

    STransport Light Load Member

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    After three years of driving with the same company that hired me after I received my CDL, I find myself hating the job more and more. What we do is pretty easy to be honest. It's flatbed, manual 10-speed trucks, no tarps, unload with machine occasionally, home every night, paid holidays, making 70k a year and a short commute to work. It is just the area we deliver to is 90% the five boroughs of NYC and I can not stand the wasted time stuck in and dealing with traffic (plus cars constantly performing unsafe actions to get around me). I am thankful to still have a clean CDL after three years, but feel the longer I stay is like playing a game of Russian roulette.

    Can I do better at this point with less city?

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  3. Hurst

    Hurst Registered Member

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    Thats all up to you.

    Money isnt everything. As long as I can cover my bills and take time off when ever I want, I'm not working any harder than I have to.

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    yessir Medium Load Member

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    I resigned from my current job yesterday making 85k a year going manhattan monday thru friday with a liftgate and a pallet jack electric of course i did it for a while and got side swipped in the city 2 times by cars even though i always pull my chair back and relax soon i get into the lincoln tunnel i still get cursed at, yelled at, disrespected by other drivers, taxi drivers, dump trucks all of them are always in a hurry and don't give a #### about how they drive and mind i'm always recording they could see the camera and still do the stupid move.
     
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  5. Chinatown

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    Stress is like a cancer, it eats away until it kills you.
    You probably just added 10 years or more to your life. Congratulations on that!
     
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  6. Chinatown

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    You can do a lot better. Do a line haul job with a company like Estes Express, R&L Carriers, Old Dominion Freight Lines, and make the same or more just doing terminal to terminal/drop & hook.
    Some tanker jobs are real good and don't have to deal with grouchy customers. I saw an ad the other day with Trimac Transportation doing a team regional run and each driver in the team makes over $100K.
     
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    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Your screen name rang a bell, so I checked, and you said you were moving to South Carolina. What happened to that plan?
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    How about Matheson Tri-gas
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  8. DTP

    DTP Road Train Member

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    $70K is good but not great $ for trucking, especially dealing with the stress and nonstop BS of NYC. You can absolutely do better or at least as good $-wise.
     
  9. pmdriver

    pmdriver Road Train Member

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    Just about every city in this country has turned that way. So getting away from home will be just that, you will still have over crowded roads, at least you get to see home bed sometimes, otherwise you be doing the same thing in same conditions but seeing home if you lucky once a month.
     
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    The Linde Group - CDL $7,500 Sign-on Bonus! - Feura Bush, NY
    Apply on company website. www.lindedrivers.com
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  11. STransport

    STransport Light Load Member

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    Well that sucks, I made a long reply and it did not seem to post and now seems to be lost.

    Anyway, glad you remember me Chinatown. SC didn't work out at the time. Could not find a good job or a house I liked.

    That Linde Group doesn't sound too bad. Kind of far upstate though.
     
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