Company Driver Jobs
Most truckers start off as, and remain company drivers. The reality is that after a few years of experience, you can find a good trucking company that will pay you as much as a company driver as many owner operators make, minus the headache. Some great benefits of being a company driver
- Good Medical/Dental Benefits
- Retirement Plans
- Company pays expenses
- Avg start pay $25,000 - $35,000
- Less responsibily than O/O
Some company drivers advise you to never become an owner operator! I would not give the same advice.
Your decision to be an company driver and owner operator should be about more than money. After reading about company drivers and owner operators, you have a better idea about which route you will want to go.
I would advise being a company driver for at least a year before going Owner Op so that you can learn the trucking business more.
Most company drivers don't pay for tolls, scale tickets
, maintenance, lumpers
. Some companies however will required that you pay some or all of these things up front and you get reimbursed at the end of the pay cycle.
Some companies will give you expense money when you leave the terminal to handle expenses. Some expenses, like lumper fees are paid as needed with what's called a T-check or com-check.
For the most part, the largest responsibilities of a company driver are delivering and picking up the freight on time, interacting professionally with the customers.
Oh, and making sure that your weight distribution is legal.
Also keeping your vehicle in good condition. Take it to the shop or truck wash when needed. The object is to always drive road ready safe vehicle.
Company drivers of good companies can make a nice living with less amounts of stress (I mean compared to an Owner Op). To work with a good company you will need a good driving record and DAC report. If a company driver is responsible and does the job right he or she will do well.
Note: Never blow off appointment times or schedules. People need to be able to depend on their schedules. Sometime operations in the company are planned based on appointment times of freight delivery or pick-up. If they used what called JIT (stands for just-in-time) warehousing your delivery could shut down an entire shift or possibly a plant depending on how long you goof off. Don't goof off.
Now, will you be lied to about the time that you need to be there? Yes. Will they make YOU wait sometimes? Yes. These are the problems that government should make trucking companies and shippers/receivers solve or compensate drivers for, since they won't do it on their own instead of keep playing with hours of service.
HOWEVER..... That should not make you try to retaliate by blowing off you appointments. You don't know when they really do need you there at the time expected. The truckers that don't care about their appointment times are expendable. Don't be that guy/gal.
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What Do Company Drivers Make
Hourly Paid Company Drivers
Some truck drivers get paid hourly. Many of the hourly paid company truck drivers drive either locally or regionally. There is a pretty large gap in the rage of their pay within the same job descriptions especially when comparing some of the union jobs to non union truck driving jobs. The range can be all the way from $7 or $8 dollars up to $16 dollars for straight trucks depending on the company.
If you drive a tractor trailer hourly it can be from around $10 to $20 dollars. For a more detailed look at wages and even more information check out the
Dept. of labor report of earning for hourly truck driving jobs.
Over the Road Company Drivers
There is no quick on answer the question, "how much does a company driver make?" Especially not over the road company drivers. Many other questions must be asked to get a close to accurate figure.
A new company driver pulling a regular dry van hauling regular freight over the road can expect to get around $25,000 to $35,000.
An experienced driver pulling regular dry van hauling regular freight over the road can expect to get around $35,000 to $55,000.
An experienced driver pulling regular dry van hauling regular freight with an excellent driving record (which mean he or she could go to more selective companies can get $45,000 to $70,000.
If you specialize for instance heavy hauling, low boys, household, cattle, hazardous materials, even refrigerated you can expect to get paid more.
For top pay in your qualification range you must search for top paying trucking companies, they won't come to you!
To get the most accurate figures though you can simply pick up your local newspaper and look at what is being advertised in your area. Of course all the trucking companies that hire in your area will no be in your local paper because most carriers are located where it is cost efficient but they do operate and hire in your area. To find these companies, you need to search online or visit your local truckstop and pick up trucking jobs magazines located in the front of the building, just inside the door or near the drivers area.
Like I said there is a lot of variations. Smaller companies pay different amounts to drivers in different areas of the country. These trucking jobs are likely to be in your local newspaper. You will also see the conglomerates in local newspapers. What you won't see represented so much is the many, many midsized trucking companies. Don't just look in your local paper, it's less than 1 percent of trucking jobs available.
Of course pay amount for drivers will also vary based on if you are intra-state, regional or over the road. What were talking about earlier is basically over the road trucking, which are the easiest jobs you will be able to get hired at as a new driver.
Summer: All said and done a company drivers can make as much or more than an owner operator driving the same equipment and hauling regular freight, with the right company, if he or she keeps a clean driving record, find a good trucking company and get some experience.
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