What do you consider good pay?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by NewWorldTrucker, Apr 21, 2024.

  1. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Last Few of the OUTLAWS

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hesperia, Ca.
    Post paystub with hours or it didn’t happen :cool::D
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  3. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    My idea of good pay has always been a little bit more than I’m making.
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  4. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    Your spending habits play a big part. Do you have a sit down breakfast for $15, or can you get by with McDonalds Mcmuffin for $4.00 ? Funny thing, I'm always amazed when I see a driver paying for something at the register and he pulls out a crumpled wad of paper $$ from his pocket and another guy who takes money from his wallet.
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  5. trips74

    trips74 Medium Load Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    chicagoland, il
  6. trips74

    trips74 Medium Load Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    chicagoland, il
    Why we never truly get ahead of the game. Truckers our backbone of America yet we make chump change compared to some kid sitting in mommies basement streaming videos games or even better your social influencers. Now sure it's comes down to individual needs or lifestyle but truckers should somehow make way more then we do. And some companies will proudly advertise hiring for 100k a year. In this current economy that only 75k a year of course I can't prove that but with stupid inflation it's probably not far off.
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  7. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Nobody but you decides what you should make. There is no Commissionor of Fair Pay.
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  8. FloridaRetired

    FloridaRetired Light Load Member

    Mar 28, 2024
    Someone may be right they deserve this or that much pay for all the hard work and sacrifice but if there are that many others willing and capable to do the same then it is a driver supply and demand game.
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  9. Pepper24

    Pepper24 Road Train Member

    Dec 3, 2010
    Your question doesn’t make sense.It’s the same thing as what is cheap frieght.Is $1900 good and $1899 low?Is $3 a mile good and $2.99 cheap?Theres always more to consider than a dollar amount
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  10. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    I think you are correct and this could be the the tool used to improve pay and conditions for entry-level drivers. If driver groups where to make a concerted & combined push for longer training & higher standards to certify training has been completed several big issues could be improved.

    CDL schools train just to pass the state exam, so new drivers show up at companies and have no real-life polishing (cannot back, block fuel pumps, show up at customers demanding things or cannot handle their ELDs, etc). FMCSA no longer let's newbies show up with a permit & take the road test. Newbies are required to have Entry-Level Driver Training from a school before the road test. Likewise, an organized list of requirements in real-world trucking that any first employer/trainer must verify the newbie can demonstrate before going solo, is an idea. Also, I'd want a functioning 2-way radio and proper use or requirement to be on during certain situations & maneuvers. We can all add our individual items. Instead drivers don't organize their voices, complain that ATA & companies that do organize their voices don't add our voices to their efforts, or accept random from foreign lands with no culture of driving on our roads just will never fit in.

    Also make the requirements to open a trucking company be much stricter & include financials allowing for more comprehensive training & checking of inexperienced drivers.
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  11. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

    Dec 27, 2007
    Elkhart, IN
    It’s not hard to get a good paying driving job if you have a clean driving record and experience. You just have to be willing to do stuff a lot of people don’t want to do. Working nights and weekends, longer hours, hauling hazmat or permit loads. Those Sysco food service drivers make good money, but it’s work. Early AMs, rolling cases of food down a ramp on a 2-wheeler into the back entrances of restaurants and schools. Not a real glamorous job.
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