How Much Should I Pay a Driver for a One-Day New York-Area Run?

Just once a year I need to hire an owner/operator or a trucking company with several 53' enclosed trailers. The job is a bit odd -- they start in New York City. (I know, I know! The good news is that it's on a Saturday at 5 a.m. and it's only on major streets -- no loading docks involved).

We load up (driver does not touch cargo) and drive about 150 miles away. Wait there for a couple hours (we provide free lunch) and then drive back to NYC, possibly with a stop along the way.

It seems like paying per mile might not work here -- it's not all that many miles but it is a long day, and there's that NYC factor.

Another possibility -- drive out of NYC, stay overnight in the truck, drive next day.

I'm not in the trucking business and I have not a clue of what the fair price should be, or how to find people who are interested. Any advice much appreciated.


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Nov 23, 2011
Thanks! I need your advice! NEW
by: Anonymous

Many thanks for your excellent advice. A Jewish trucker -- who knew? (My nice Jewish mother would be so proud!) Hope you have time off for Thanksgiving -- I'll definitely reach out to you after the holidays -- understand that this job is not for you but maybe you can give me some advice on where to find drivers, rent trailers, etc.


Nov 23, 2011
nyc drivers NEW
by: TruckerYitz

if ya didnt have to do that saterday morning, i could help ya out. but i do the jewish sabath, no driving rom friday sundown to sat nite sundown.

as for pay, i think most truckers that live in the nyc area charge minimums . it used to be 350+tolls for an owner operater your trailer. lots of guys do the pier work in ny nj area. so finding someone shouldnt be that hard.

if you are renting a tractor from mendon, or bidddle etc then a driver in the aera would probably settle on a flat rate for the day but some might want like 15/hr minimum

anyways i live 90 milkes from nyc grew up there and very familiar with nyc and surrounding area.
my number (347)YITZ-411

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