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Truck Driver Recruiter Wages Surpass Driver Pay

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Today, the average annual income for a commercial truck driver is roughly $34,000 and that is on a good year.

Various other truck driver jobs such as a local delivery driver averages $29,000 per year which is less than most social services workers.

As of January 2013, the number of people unemployed in the U.S. stood at 12,332,000 which is only 500,000 shy of meeting the maximum number in 1933 during the height of the great depression.

In a time of desperation, many look to long-haul trucking as a new, exciting and high-paying career. However, according to statistical salary averages, they may be looking in the wrong place.

Truck driver recruiter pay is surpassing driver salaries by nearly three times as much, depending on geographical area. One company is hiring truck driver recruiters by offering $400 per new-hire with the only stipulation being that in order to be paid, the new-hire must stay with the company for at least 14 days.

Examining the average pay for a truck driver recruiter within various cities across the United States, one can see how location can play a part in salary income:

  • New York City, NY = $85,000
  • Washington, D.C. = $77,000
  • Atlanta, GA = $76,000
  • Boston, MA = $74,000
  • Chicago, IL = $72,000
  • Los Angeles, CA = $70,000
  • Dallas, TX = $68,000
  • Houston, TX = $67,000
  • Detroit, MI = $66,000
  • Tampa, FL = $58,000
  • Tulsa, OK = $54,000

Of course, keep in mind that these figures only reflect the “average” pay for truck driver recruiters. There are recruiters in NYC earning income off of drivers as high as $142,000 per year and in Dallas as high as $112,000 for examples. Even in Tampa, Florida where earnings are usually low, recruiters with the best performance are pulling in as high as $97,000 for their recruiting efforts.

As in the company example above, at $400 per new-hire after fourteen days, a recruiter can earn $62,400 per year by hauling in just three new drivers per week and with the industry’s established driver retention plan still in place, there is never a shortage of new-hires for truck driver recruiters.

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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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