Trucking Carrier Pay – Drivers Expectations Changing the Industry

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Trucking Carrier Pay – Drivers Expectations Changing the Industry

Trucking Carrier Pay – Drivers Expectations Changing the Industry

Over the 30 years in the trucking industry, 22 years as a driver and 9 years as a business owner and driver recruiting firm. I have really seen both sides of this debate.  Shippers need to keep cost low and profits high.  Receivers need the same to pass along savings to the buyers and consumers.

But what about the drivers? 70 Hours worked is a really long week. Thousands of miles, backups lasting an hour and only going a few miles. These happen all week every week.

Not to mention shippers and receivers really could care less about the drivers parked at the dock for hours.  No one wants to work for free but the reality is truckers do and often. Carriers have increased the driver pay just enough.  Just enough to keep drivers content (not happy).  We as an industry are starting to see what years of underpay and lack of respect are costing the industry.

We have heard of the gems in the industry of carriers who care and pay well and treat you as human.  I was blessed to work for a few of those guys locally.  They shouldn’t be the unicorn they should be the norm.

 

As an industry we now see guys with years of experience going to be a dirt hauler or a warehouse worker why it;s cheaper to make 800$ per week and be home then to gross $1000 and have to pay for showers 2 meals a day if you are lucky, and be away from home for weeks on end just to arrive home Saturday Morning and leave out 34 hours later.

IT’s insane to think as an employer that this is okay at $1000 per week for 70 hours worked and over 150 hours in a truck per week.  

 

This pay breaks down to this with a take home of

$1000 a week with 70 hours worked = $14.28 Per hour 

$1100 A week with 70 Hours worked = $ 15.71 Per Hour

 

You see where we are going with this even with down time (sleeper berth ) you still are responsible for the truck so technically not off duty as if you were home.

 

150 hours in a week with your truck either driving at a dock or in the bunk sleeping $1000 per week take home = $6.66 Per hour

150 hours in a week with your truck either driving at a dock or in the bunk sleeping $1100 per week take home = $7.33 Per Hour

 

 

I can’t imagine any hour employee or executive that would ever get behind a wheel of a 80,000 lbs vehicle and travel from city to city for this pay.. Would you?

We can wait……………………

How about pay for your coffee, shower, meals, laundry? We can wait??

 

This is not an article to throw carriers or executives under the bus … but to shed light on what the growing driver shortage is really about. Pay !!!! Lack of Respect!!!

 

The older drivers are walking away from the industry as a whole. But carrier’s answers are open more trucking schools, okay that will work but who trains these drivers? New Drivers? Teaching bad habits to new drivers from new drivers. Great = more incidents and accidents and now you won’t hire these drivers even though you created this.

 

We need experienced drivers to teach the new drivers guys that have been in the truck for 3-5 years that can explain traffic patterns, how to drive in weather.

 

It will come down to changing how and what you think of your drivers it’s that simple. Your office folks are valuable no doubt but without the driver to move the freight you have nothing!

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