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Entry Level Truck Drivers can make $40,000 per year

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According to a recent news report, enrollment is up for truck driving schools and they claim that a new, entry level truck driver can make $40,000 in their first year.  According to the article:

“The downside to driving a truck isn’t the pay — entry level salaries of nearly $40,000 are common.”

Read the full article from the Star-Telegram . . .  Then read the real facts about truck driver pay.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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13 Responses to Entry Level Truck Drivers can make $40,000 per year. - Post a Comment

  1. RKO

    I read an article or three concerning “bad” trucking companies and training schools. How do you know who to trust and not to trust. I want to get my CDL and drive for a good company.

    • Brad

      I am doing research on them also.I can tell you this much they are all about the same and they bad reviews are from people who quit or got fired for violating safety issues ect. I can tell you of 3 companies to stay away from they are CRST,CR-England and Werner don’t bother with them what ever you do. Goods ones are Stevens Transport,Swift,USA-Truck,Pam Transport,Prime,FFE,Millis,Schneider,Roehl,Knight. Schneider and Millis are the best of them.Look at all these and your options with them they are all good to start with and just remember you get out of it what you put into it and it won’t be easy the first yr. You will be out OTR for a yr. but you will be out 3-4 weeks at a time before you get home and for every 7 days out you get 1 day off and that is the norm anywhere. It also is a lifestyle change. I hope this helps.

  2. selena

    If you want an excellent company that actually does what they say their going to do and is all about safety go with ROEHL TRANSPORT, INC. What wonderful people. My husband and I are new to the trucking business and we have found that they are straight up in what they offer and say. GREAT COMPANY

  3. Charles

    Allen Smith has about the best information out here on this subject. So it appears you are at least headed in the right direction.

  4. Allen Smith

    Hi Selena: I always say that you will constantly hear negative things about any company and Roehl is no exception. Roehl Transport is one company we also highlight as a “good” company, appreciate the comment.

  5. Allen Smith

    Thanks Charles. Although nobody can say for certain how OTR truck driving will work out, we try to give honest and straight-forward information about the industry . . . even if it’s not what people want to hear!

  6. james

    40k/ywer? really?
    The enry pay level from most trucking compines is .32/ mile. I order to earn 40k/ year a begging trucker would have to drive 125 miles per week
    (125000 divided by .32 = 400000) which is 2,403.8462 miles a week for 52 weeks. Assuming they have 60 hours of driving that is 40.0642 MPH.
    The figures just do not add up.
    Show me a trucking which has this distance to drive each week for new drivers

    • Allen Smith

      That was the point of the article

  7. Mike S

    OK..I’ve read the article and can see the point.. I just think it comes down to the drivers attitude and what they are willing to sacrifice.. I am a new trucker, and in my first year I made 40k +.. My average a week was 2600 mls.. and had to start at .25 a mile, but within 6months was making .32 and when running east coast made .34 + getting paid for extra stops and retention.. I work for the company with the worst reputation out there it seems, but they have been good to me.. I do have to stay out for 4 to 6wks at a time and take any run they offer.. from 20mile runs to 2500mile runs.. Like I said its what your willing to sacrifice.. I just keep a good attitude and introduce myself to planners at all of our terminals and ask them “what crap do they need help with” and after the crap runs, they give me what I want.. A little back scratching never really hurts.. Every terminal I go to I here drivers complaining there are no loads and they cant get miles and so on and so on.. In the mean time I pick up my load and head out the door.. I stay busy.. And now after a year + I’m even concidering doing a lease with them.. I just dont want a prostar.. Like the old saying, “Its all what YOU make it”
    Now for the kicker.. I proudly work for Swift.. Regardless of the company you work for.. Put your best foot forward and do your best… Just remember at least you have a job, thats something to be greatful about..

    Thanks for all the great posts
    Mike S (CarmaCowboy)

  8. rob s

    40k a year is iffyfor a new school or hire to learn. But maybe. Alot of companys like swift. Werner. And schneder will offer about that or so BUT IF YOU HAVE NO EXPERIANCE DONT EXPECT THAT you can get lucky through private local ect. I worked for an otr company (No names) Right out of of school and its mot a 40K OR A 25K a year job so be warned dont believe the numbers just look and get what is good for your situation and lifestyle……

  9. Robert

    im thinking about entering this otr company and was wondering about Stevens transport.

    • Allen Smith

      Very poor reputation among drivers, Robert … they are a good example of a “starter company” … that I write and discuss about so often.

    • Brad

      They must not be that bad they have the best training program of any company out there,also all the starer companies are all the same as any company they have there good and bad points.You have to start somewhere and if you have bad credit ect. and don’t have the money up front to pay for school this is the way you have to go.Alot of it has to also do with the driver and the drivers attitude not the company all the time.3 Bad companies I would never work for are Werner(the big blue screw),CRST and CR-England.

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