There are a lot of people that love driving trucks. But driving a truck is not a first choice for some people that are considering the industry.
So why become a truck driver?
Bottom line, it's the money. Truck drivers have a very secure occupation as long as they stay healthy and keep a clean driving record.
How much can you make? Anywhere from $40,000 per year to as much as $90,000.00. Even new drivers can do that their first year!
What's the catch?
How hard are you willing to work? Are you willing to be away from home? And for how long? Are you willing to work nights? Are you willing to load and unload your truck? All of these factors will have an effect on your pay.
Bottom line, the less you are willing to do, the less you will make. The more you are willing to do, the more you will make. It's all up to you.
As a rule of thumb, for every hour you are willing to work a week, you can expect to make that many thousands of dollars per year. So work 40 hours a week, you will make $40,000.00 per year. Work 60, make $60,000.00. Do you want to make $70,000.00? Then work 70 hours per week. You can legally work 84 hours per week and drive 66 hours per week under the Federal Rules.
There are plenty of job advancement opportunities in trucking. We have had several students that intend to start their own trucking companies and they start out here at Interstate.
You might want to become an owner operator with your own rig? We can give you the start you need but you will need two years experience before you would qualify for the insurance and financing necessary to become an O/O.
The Best News?
This industry pays on merit. Men and women make the exact same rate of pay. White, Black, and Brown skin color makes no difference in pay. The trucking industry is truly equal opportunity to a large degree. Sure there are some exceptions, but the major trucking companies that we work with are very committed to providing an opportunity that is free of prejudice.
Feel free to stop in our office to discuss the multitude of options in trucking.
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