What's good pay?

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  1. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    What is considered good money nowadays? Is making between 60k and 70k considered good money? Or is making 80-90k good money? Well I'm sure 80-90k is good money. But it seems alot of driving jobs pay 60k or 70k. It's more then I make now. Just want other drivers opinions

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  2. ABFer

    ABFer Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It seems that most drivers make in the low to mid $20s/hr. That would be in the $45,000 range with no OT. The difference is made up in the OT hours and $60,000 is doable at many places. Road drivers are in the mid $.50's/mile range like $.57 or so and it seems that $75,000+ is not too hard to attain and $100,000 is possible. Since it's all in the extra hours it takes away from our quality home time.
     
  3. double r

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    It really all depends on where you live, cost of living. Around here, anything 16/hr and up is good pay. 20/hr and up is great pay.
     
  4. Moneyman01

    Moneyman01 Proud to be a dad!

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    I make 19 a hr and I barely get by and I can't even pay my parents rent. It sucks. I need to make more money. My buddy just got hired at toro for there private fleet and there average pay is 66k a year.

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  5. Lazlo

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    Every one in a while one of the REALLY old guys at work talk about how back in nineteen dickety-2 when they started at Sysco they only made $8/hr. Damn glad I missed out on those days.

    I know sometimes I feel like I cant make it as fast as my wife and kids can spend it...Seems I heard somewhere the median household income is just south of 50K. Around here most driving jobs pay just under 20/hr to start, commission type or performance based jobs (food/beer/etc) pay a lot more. How much money is "good" money is so subjective though. I know that in my situation 65K is the absolute floor for me right now...and if I made that we'd probably have to pull the kids out of sports and preschool and would have to at least consider downsizing in house...and that's with my wife working part time. I've looked at leaving but we're able to pay the bills, save a little and do things for our kids so $$$ is why I stay.

    KC's weird. Cost of living isn't too bad compared to most of the rest of the country, but driving jobs pay really well here. 15yrs ago I was making 45/yr (commission route)driving a Coke truck. Our hourly drivers there at the time made 17/hr. Ameriserve (predecessor to McClane) was tossing around what at the time seemed like crazy pornstar money (60-70+yr) + big sign on bonuses to get drivers, that caused all the other companies in the area to have to inflate their pay to keep their help.
    Now I make more but honestly with the way EVERYTHING else has gone up I was way better off then. Wages havent come close to keeping up with the cost of food, housing, energy, etc and it gets worse every year.
     
  6. Moneyman01

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    Lazlo I hear ya. It's crazy on how expensive everything is nowadays and are wages haven't gone up. I live at home with my parents because I can't afford to live on my own. Hell I can't pay my parents rent. I make 19 a hr and I barely get by. It sucks it really does. Saia called me today. Going back for my interview for linehaul and sounds like the job is mine. So at least I should start making more money then I am now. I have no idea how some of these people get by making 20 a hr with no ot. Straight 40 hrs. Even for a family with 2 incomes. I have no idea how people afford anything or get by.

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  7. grocerythrower

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    I have made between 60 and 70k every year since I moved back to OK and hired on at Sysco, I would like to make 90k but I think I can deal with what I am getting. We deserve better, at least the route drivers do, they deserve the moon in my opinion, they work harder than I do!

    I'm happy, thinking about going back on days just because, even then I will be ok with my pay, I pay the bills and save money, thats all I ask for.
     
  8. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    Hey man, if you go on nights you will never have to worry about not having company, I will blow your phone up, gotta keep up with what the top half of the country is up to!! ;)
     
  9. double r

    double r Dock delivery expert

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    Cost of living. I can survive on 40 hours a week and the wife works and she makes a little over 12/hr.. If I was single, I could still survive on 40 hours a week. It seems that your area pays to low for the cost of living in that area.
     
  10. Moneyman01

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    Idk maybe. I know groceries are expensive and gas. Rent for a townhome in the cities is 1200-1500 a month. Nothing is cheap anymore. And it can be depressing

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  11. ABFer

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    I would not want to be working this job and looking to buy a house today, there is no way I could afford the Taj Mahal I'm living in at today's prices vs my wages.
     
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    Matt Supah truckah

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    The cities is expensive. Kansas City northeast Kansas is not bad if you look for cheaper places to live. I know frito would be **** pay if we just got mileage or case pay but all the pay together ends up a good deal. Just have to figure out what's the most important money or schedule. Can't have both starting at a company.
     
  13. Moneyman01

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    No you can't have both but working weekends for 15 years but making great money isn't worth it to me. Go linehaul and be off weekends and making 70k is fine by me

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  14. Moneyman01

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    GT you going to go back on days? If you stay on nights go ahead and blow my phone up. Need company at night lol

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  15. grocerythrower

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    I am still on the fence right now, I have to see our bids in order to make a decision, I want the lowest case count possible, if I can get that and get the areas I want to run I will most likely go back to days, however I have learned that around here you can't count on anything, what has been solid for the last 3 bids may be totally different this time around.

    They are dragging around on getting the bids out, once they see fit to grace us with its presence I will know more. I got a cool new headset that I really like talking on, seems to work well and its totally legal in a CMV!
     
  16. Moneyman01

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    But I thought you couldn't talk on your headset at Sysco? Think your body can handle going back to days?

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  17. ABFer

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    No blue toof at Sysco? Was that negotiated with their union?
     
  18. grocerythrower

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    We can't, its their policy but its legal. I think so, thats why I want the low case count, I have no desire for 4000 cases a week!

    No its just company policy. They think we are idiots.
     
  19. lizard

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    No blue tooth no GPS either, just drive around in circles and hope
    you find your stops.
     
  20. CenturyClass

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    60 K for 14 hr days is not worth it to me. That's 10 hrs less than 2 full time jobs per week.

    If you have a 9-10 hr meet and turn then that might be a decent wage, but for all the sacrifices you have to make, definitely not worth it in my opinion.
     

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