As a prospective trucker looking for new opportunities, don’t you want to work with a top-paying carrier? This certainly means comparing the starting pay per mile, but the best trucking jobs offer compensation in other areas as well. Here are the categories to ask about when looking for a new truck driving job.
- Type of mileage pay: Look for a carrier that pays by practical miles as opposed to short miles. Practical miles include modern interstates and help you avoid small towns. Short miles represent the shortest distance between point A and point B, but the route may not be practical for a truck driver. Practical mileage pay provides you with a paycheck that better represents the miles you actually drive.
- Pay increases: As with any career, the best trucking jobs start at the bottom of the pay scale. A carrier that offers predictable pay increases as you become more experienced helps you climb the ladder faster.
- Bonuses: Look for sign-on bonuses when you first get started as well as performance, fuel and safety bonuses paid monthly or quarterly.
- Detention pay: You may arrive at a location ready to load or unload, but you’re left waiting on someone else. Carriers that compensate you for your time at the loading dock help you feel more appreciated.
- Layover pay: If you’re ready to take a load but no assignments are available, this is called a layover period. Some carriers compensate truck drivers for their time waiting for dispatch to send them out.
- Breakdown and maintenance pay: It’s not your fault if your rig breaks down. Many carriers realize this and compensate drivers for time spent stranded on the road or waiting for repairs to be completed.
- Specialized freight pay: If you go to the trouble of earning hazmat and oversized load certification, you should expect extra pay for hauling these types of specialized freight.
Clearly, earning money as a trucker is about much more than what you earn per mile. To help you find the best trucking jobs out there, check out the Jiggy Jobs website. Then connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more.