What is the REAL average first year income for a new driver

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by SinCityShooter, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. SinCityShooter

    SinCityShooter Light Load Member

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    God bless you for you complete honesty. I did get that figure from the labor statics board but I think it may have been a couple years old. This is why I asked.

    The minimum wage part is what I don't understand. I assume that is for otr.
     
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  4. SinCityShooter

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    Britton is my 1st choice right now.
     
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    No complaints really. Other than the usual trucking/flatbebdding/wasted time at shippers type stuff at times. They're definitely not a mega. I don't take a lot of home time but living not too far from our flatbed yard, I get enough free weekends anyhow.

    I don't see myself going anywhere. Especially once I hit the two year mark this summer...with a decent raise.
     
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    While you’re correct to a large degree about non-factual claims regarding income, I know that $40k is absurd for a starting wage.


    Maybe I’m ‘above average’, but....in my limited experience, the $40k number is for the low hanging fruit that simply aren’t willing to put in the work required to actually land a good job.
     
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  7. SinCityShooter

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    That is really good to know. I have talked to someone there but I can't remember who it was. They simply told me to call them back after I get my cdl and they would put me to work. She said they do their best to get you home often. I'm looking at the refrigeration side.

    If I had to work for a mega it would be Schneider. A dedicated route like O'reilly Auto parts, as I know what they pay and I know what the driver needs to do. They only do 5 working days, off Sunday and Monday, home daily, fully electric pallet jacks and lift gate. Need hazmat for this job.
     
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    I get the feeling Sincity is asking a question but is not getting the answer he wants. Try again. Are you experienced and know all about trucking just looking for who pays highest or are you new and wondering if you make enough or just stirring the pot?
     
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  9. SinCityShooter

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    Who is steelcity?
     
  10. Midnightrider909

    Midnightrider909 Road Train Member

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    You will basically trade a year if your life for 40 to 45K and your interpersonal relationships will suffer. The wear and tear you put on your body and crappy truck stop food will likely take off another year on the back end.
     
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    If that is a real income then i would say its not terrible but not great either. My wife and I have been together for a while and she knows that I would be gone for a while. We trust each other and work together for a common goal, no matter what it takes. A year on the road will not kill my marriage anymore than it is now. I thought it would but after talking it out, we know it won't.

    Thanks.
     
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