I am currently looking at OTR truck driving as a career, and would like input and suggestions as to what I should look for and LOOK OUT FOR!.
I have been looking at various websites to try and get some idea as to what to expect as pay of a newbee driver, and the options of how to obtain my CDL without having to pay anything up front.
One company that I came across P.A.M Transport who will pay the majority of the CDL training fee. This is from the Drivers Solutions website Through the Driver Solutions company-sponsored training program, you will delay your training cost until you are well established in your new driving career. By choosing the P.A.M.'s sponsorship, you won't pay the regular full tuition of $5,995. Instead, P.A.M. has agreed to sponsor the first $4,900 of the tuition. Your commitment to the training cost is $1,095, paid at the end of your first year of employment with the company.
Mileage Pay Rate
New drivers begin at $.28/mile as a solo driver
Pay increases to $.29/mile after 3 months; $.30/mile after 6 months; $.31/mile after 9 months; $.32/mile after one year
Average 1st year weekly earnings - $650 to $750
First-year drivers can expect to make up to $40,000
P.A.M. Transport offers great benefits for new drivers.
MEDICAL, DENTAL and PHARMACY COVERAGE - Begins the first day after four months of employment
LIFE INSURANCE - Both basic and supplementary are available
401(K) RETIREMENT SAVINGS PLAN
PAID VACATIONS - 1 week after 1 year of employment; 2 weeks after 2 years; 3 weeks after 5 years
I would greatly appreciate if you veteran road warriors could advise, and suggest what I should be looking for in a good company, and CDL training program, and if the anyone of you have worked for or heard about PAM Transport
with the balance of $1,780.00 being deducted at $45.00 per week for 44 weeks. Pay and Benefits: