But I ask again, where else can two people make $100,000 a year without college degrees?
I now know that I have a two-year Associate Degree from that rip-off technical college, but it didn’t help me get a trucking career in any way, so I don’t count it as a real college degree. Really, I’m still trying to block from my memory the dumb and enormously costly age of my life.
The only thing my $22,000 student loan does now is encourage me to be the guy everyone calls by clicking the wrong button on the remote control as they let their TV screen go all blurry. Anyway who made these remotes? Chimpanzees Retarded?
I suppose The Wicked Overlord and I should still sell cocaine, steal a store, or hit the street corner in tiger-striped spandex to make $100,000 a year outside of trucking… but I don’t look so good at spandex. In comparison, the last thing I need is a ride to a hoosegow named Butch and a mistress.
I think I should still call “The Donald” and see if he wants a partner to support him with his real estate projects with little capital or experience? I don’t see it happening either, somehow. Hey, if I could find him a respectable hair stylist, could he pay me a nice chunk of change? Nah, I guess he likes the bird’s nest that he calls fur, really. No, if in a brief amount of time I try to raise my salary dramatically, it’s back to pulling vans.
Hello! Hey! You said that within a month, I will double my salary! How’s the job?
Say you worked for $20,000 a year at a factory and decided to double your salary based on about $10 per hour). You’d either have to work a lot of hours or step into administration, which would turn you into a dick immediately. Just admit it. You assumed that. And you know that one day, your new co-workers will be delighted to call you “boss.” Not. No No.
As I said before, under normal conditions, a lot of overtime is probably not available. You’d actually have to go back to school for two to four years to get any kind of degree in order to become a director. In trucking, this is not the case. Usually, the normal truck driving school runs anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks.
So in principle, a two-week driving workshop will be attended and the remaining two weeks spent choosing a decent business to work with. It probably won’t even take a full two weeks to find a good company especially with another book, wink wink). Message Subliminal? And what subliminal message?
The typical novice drivers salary plan begins at $40-45,000 a year, any-who. Voila! Voila! In one month, double your salary! Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend a two-week school to my high school bully, considering how amazing it sounds. Why not, money tease, you? In Chapter 17, we will get into it as we talk in more depth about truck driving colleges.
I’d like to take another second to reiterate that I don’t promise you that you’re going to make 40-45,000 dollars a year. That’s what most recruiters claim and I definitely did with The Evil Overlord, but you might not be cautious when picking a carrier if you’re not careful.
If you have ever done some sort of driver compensation analysis (and I’m guessing that’s one of the first things you did; you selfish pig), you might have found that the U.S. Department of Labor Website estimates that $38,200 a year is earned by the typical truck driver. You may have noted, too that the number is a little less than the $40-$45,000 I quoted here. Yeah, well, Math Guy. Explain one of these.
Ok you have to note that this average of $38,200 is for all truck drivers, for instance. That includes everything from the top-earning Over-the-Road drivers all the way down to the local delivery guy who earns $10 per hour while making it his mission in life to dent your house with any piece of door trim.
Now, if we do the math (and you know I did it), $10 per hour for 52 weeks and 40 hours per week is $20,800. But you will see how the low amount places the average $38,200 in its own dent. And I’d be able to bet there’s a lot more of them than $60,000 made by truckers.
I side with the trucking recruiters here, too and when I look at real-life cases, it makes sense.
If an amateur driver doesn’t get all giddy and run at the first company who gives him a measly 22 per mile, they could start at, say, 32 per mile with a company. The OTR trucker runs 120,000 miles a year on average. Right there, that’s $38,400. You are now beating the national average according to that.
But there also needs to be more funding pouring in to get you up to the $40-45,000 that my friend’s recruiters and I are citing. Where does it come from then, Calculator Boy? Firstly, a protection incentive is provided by most firms. This typically costs only 1 a mile because you’ve driven without an injury all year long. So once you’ve run 120,000 miles, you’ve only got an additional $1,200 paycheck. Up to $39,600, that takes you. Gettin’ near, but, Sir Algebra, we’re still not there.
Yeahh, I know that. But did you know that truckers often get paid for other items frequently? For fuel saving or efficiency incentives for shipping the loads on schedule, certain firms have fuel bonuses. They also sometimes pay you, based on their pay plan, whether you have more than one stop on a load, if you shuttle trailers locally, or if you are a flatbedder, for tarping a box.
If the truck breaks down or if the company can’t find a load for you, you’ll just still get billed. And let’s not forget that you will actually get holiday pay after the first year, too. For all miles run during the year, that’s also another 1 ⁇ per mile. Or others will pay you an estimate of what you’ve made all year round.
And last but not least, you’ll actually run more than 120,000 miles a year if you’re not a complete lazy slob. Heck, this past year, I raced 127,000 miles without even breaking a sweat. Except for the moment that of course, I saved an abandoned truck that had no air conditioning. And for two days, I sweated as they were trying to find me another vehicle. But that’s entirely another matter. Let’s just say, in multiple ways, I was hot.
So you can clearly see that a driver will easily get in the range of $40-45,000 for all this increased compensation. So, Mr. Smartypants, there. Never again challenge me! Buying How To Find a Perfect Truck Driver Job will be your penalty, and will walk you through all the extra pay bullshit that right now puzzled you.