Trucker Piece Work Wages- “The Method”

Trucker Piece Work Wages

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In Today’s World of Trucking do trucker piece work wages fairly compensate the employee drivers for THE TIME THEY SPEND “At Work” ?

Most Over the Road truck drivers are paid Piece Work wages such as cents per mile ( CPM). This means that only when the truck is actually in motion is the driver considered to be working. This is the “method” of payment which drivers have grown to accept.

Because of the piece work  WAGE METHOD of wages, drivers end up “working” in excess of 70 hours/week.  Duties such as fueling, waiting ( detention time, waiting for loads), paperwork, pre and post trip inspections, weather and traffic delays….. etc….

It’s not uncommon for a driver to work 80 hours/week, often it can more.  So how much do drivers make an hour?
Below figures shows drivers at 40cpm driving 2500 miles/week = $12.50/hr

Based on 80 hours/week
Driving 2500/week
paid .40cpm

Entry level drivers earn anywhere from 20cpm-35cpm AVERAGE + 28cpm
Below figures shows drivers at 27cpm driving 2500 miles/week = $8.43/hr
Based on 80 hours/week
Driving 2500/week
paid .27cpm

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