• This is what had to say about trucker pay: "How do truck drivers get paid & how much do they make? So you want to know how much a trucker makes and how he/she gets paid? A typical trucker gets paid by the mile. He/she has to make as many miles as possible to achieve a good paycheck. While that trucker is sitting in dock, traffic, and shops they get paid typically NOTHING. A driver can make anywhere from .19 cents a mile to around .44 cents a mile. Depending on how long they've driven and many other variables. So to break it down to how much a driver brings home specifically is difficult but runs around $300 - $1,200 a week." Check out the website if you want more information on trucking.
  • Most employee drivers are paid by the mile. The average pay for a new driver is around .30 per mile. Some companies pay drivers a percentage of the gross for each load, usually something like 25 to 27% Some owner-operators who have leased their trucks to large carriers and haul only for that carrier are also paid by the mile. The rates offered to O/O's varies between .90 and 1.30 per mile. Other leased O/O's haul for a percentage that generally runs between 65 and 90% of gross. Some loads pay based on weight, with a rate per hundred pounds instead of mileage pay. Owner-operators with their own authority to transport goods negotiate their own rates either through brokers or directly with the shipper. For all of these drivers there is usually little compensation for wait time. Drivers can spend 6 to 8 hours waiting for a load. Some companies and shippers do offer detention pay, but in my experience it is not often and usually not enough. Generally, truckers are expected to give up at least two hours of their time before charging detention. Most brokers and lease carriers offer advances to drivers where they receive a percentage of the load pay before the load is delivered. This is often referred to as a fuel advance, and that is usually what it is used for. There are a few problems within the industry pay system including: The practice of using "short miles" instead of the actual mileage. Many commonly used mileage programs often short the mileages on a given route by 13%. The practice of "double brokering" a load, meaning that a cut has been taken off the gross of the load by one broker before it is passed to another broker who takes another cut before passing it to a driver. It is estimated that up to (but not always) 50% of the gross pay of a load is gone before it gets to a truck. The practice of charging a "fuel surcharge" that is not passed, or not fully passed, through to the person paying for the fuel. Excessive "lumping" fees for loading or unloading the truck, as well as pallet and other dunnage charges. Recenlty. legislation was proposed to combat double brokering and ensure that 100% of any fuel surcharge was passed on to the owner of the truck, but it was defeated.
  • Some get paid by the mile and the others get paid by the load.Like loggers,they get paid by the load.You can see some of them hauling butt in the mountain areas.
  • In the unionized trucking world road drivers or line haul drivers get paid by the mile (about 52 cents per mile). There is additional hourly pay for breakdowns, repairs, fueling, chaining, impassable roads, and waiting for loads. The average driver drives about 3,000 per week. Destinations are often based on seniority. City drivers (local deliveries) are paid by the hour, currently about $24.00 per hour with time and one-half after eight hours.
  • yes they are paid by the mile some companies (fewer and fewer)pay the drivers a percentage of truck revenue.both have good and bad points.percentage drivers make better money if the rates are high and he has minimal empty miles.mileage drivers however,make money if the truck is not sitting still
  • I was offered a per week salary for local loads of $2000-2200 or getting pay by the load. I am suspicious about the per week salary because I dont know how much the loads will pay and how many loads the company will do per day. What should I tell the owner of the company if he refuses to show me a load sheet on how much I will get per load. Also, do you think that $2200 a week is fair no matter how much the local loads pay or ask questions on this matter?

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