I drove a truck for 38 years and NEVER worked for this little amount of money...........NEVER! But if you do want to "live" in a truck and make this small amount of pay then go to work for a company like Schneider. No one ever ask why this company is always hiring. Or why they have such a large turn-over of drivers? If you're not making at lease $ 68,000.00 or more then stay working for Micky-D's. My wife drives a truck and made $98,000.00 last year and is home almost every day. Since deregulation of the trucking industry and union busting pay and benifits have declined.
Wow, Karen. You're pretty rude. I guess your higher education didn't open your mind like it should have. BTW, I hold a bachelor's, but I am considering a trucking career. After working with the public (i.e., people like you), I like the idea of working on my own and traveling our great country.
45,000 ??? WHO CAN LIVE ON THAT, UNLESS YOURE SINGLE .... AND ITS A DIRTY JOB, FOR PEOPLE WHO DIDNT FEEL LIKE GOING TO COLLEGE - GLAD MY HUBBY AND I BOTH HAVE OUR MASTERS DEGREES, AND JOBS THAT EACH PAY MUCH MORE THAN THAT ...OMG......THATS PEANUTS !!!!!
karen51568.... it looks to me that 40k is what you need to spend in makeup yearly. btw, the jokes are about blonde's because you ARE stupid.
A kid could drive an 18 wheeler forward, but have you ever tried backing one of thise things up? LOL
I'm 53yrs old,divorced and have been over-the-road for 16 years.First 4 yrs hauling containers into the ports on the East Coast(which explains why I hate unions),last 12 years hauling cars(which explains why I'm still trucking).I have my own authority which is more work but has been worth it so far.When I see an article about trucking jobs available I always remember that the average turnover rate for the big trucking companies is around 100% a year.It usually takes a new trucker about six months to figure out that most recruiters are allergic to the truth and that dividing the average yearly advertised income by 40 hours a week bears no resemblance to their pay stub.Words of wisdom--Easy jobs dont pay well.Trucking(especially long haul)is hard on families.Union trucking companies will all eventually die from the weight of their pension costs.Vote for politicians who favor tough border enforcement and equal standards for all drivers.Chrome doesn't pay.Food for Thought--What would happen if every underpaid overworked overregulated 18 wheeler decided that from now on they would only drive a 10 wheel expediter?No more trailers,only straight trucks.How many more trucking jobs would that lead to?
Reading these comments are typical of the kind of people no one wants on their team. Whiners, truck stop cowboys and mile post counters. I have owned my own truck for 20 years and move oversize loads. Best money in the industry next to explosives. You complainers are free to complain all you want. Thing is, it is a good career choice. If it is not your thing then quit, but don't act like you did not know what was expected of you. You buy a or use the supplied fridge in the truck. Eat like you are at home, not "out every night". Live within your means and you will do fine. If the East coast scares you, run 11 Western. Oh yeah, then you gotta deal with snow and the mountains. In other words, it is a job you either love or love to hate. But man/woman up here people, it just wasn't your thing. Don;t want to fingerprint loads, run flat bed. Don't want to haul groceries, haul bulk. There is a freight out there for everyone, you just gotta look. Same with companies. If they invest in quality equipment for their drivers, then they want quality work and ethics in return. If you get fired or even asked to violate Federal laws over hours of service or equipment violations, turn your company in. If they show any form of reprisals, you can sue and win. Trucking is a good career but also comes with a lifestyle you must be willing to live. PS: Make sure you record every conversation with your dispatcher! You never know!
Shemardunn--why do you suggest recording the convos?
At .55 cents a mile and you get stuck waiting 2 days to get a load? No thank you.
Justin Thompson, I've read some of your tips on CareerBuilder.com and try to apply when looking for new employment. You need to change up your position with the company and start educating the "employeers" on how to write their ads. Just a short list. They should all include compensation parameters, When the position actually opens (ie. JCPenny looking for Xmas help in April or Home Depot who isn't actually hiring)After you spend all day looking at positions advertised and then take their very time consuming "On-Line" applications and tests you blow a entire day with no results. The most important things that need to be included is the company name and a contact name and way to contact the hiring manager via phone or emaEmail address for follow-up. It's very disheartening and degrading looking for a job with the current job searchs available. Might as well buy lottery tickets.
I thought the most in-demand job was being Obama's vacation planner.
I did it for 12 years. Had a heart attack while in Canada. Company picked up my truck the next day. Spent 4 days in the hospital then had to find my way back home. Couldn't even afford a bus ticket. Our health insurance paid $300 of the $10,000 bill. Told company "no more Canada." Tried forcing me to take another Canada run, fired for refusing. Ineligible for unemployment for violating company rules. You are not a person, just a truck number. If the truck isn't making money, someone else becomes the number. If you are homeless, and jobless, might be the right choice for you. The large number of open jobs in the industry should indicate even to the most gullable something doesn't smell right.