Whatever type of pay package your driving job features, you have the potential to earn well above the industry average on your W-2 — plus the great benefits above and rapid growth:
- $42,480 – average industry-wide driver wage (U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- $49,585 – average first-year Schneider driver (figures throughout this page based on this example)
- $88,000 – earning potential for Schneider driver, depending on type of driving job
Starting off – the money you need to get the training you need
- Paid CDL training options – driving school tuition reimbursement, up-front tuition payment or other funding sources available
- Paid orientation – your transportation, lodging and most meals are on us with a set daily pay rate and your first paycheck during your second week
Your first 3-6 months on the job – embrace the learning (and earning) curve
- 70-80 percent earnings capability – it takes a few months to adjust to the rhythms of the road, but stay the course: the efficiency and consistency you need will come! Never judge your career decision by your first couple paychecks (average $685/week first 3 months, $893/week next 3 months).
- Keeping perspective – your patience will pay off — in about the time it takes your debt-ridden college friends to finish one semester, you’ll have passed the biggest hurdle of your career.
The last half of your first year – it pays to be patient
- Now that’s more like it – As you grow as a driver, your paychecks will grow with it, and typically by this stage, you’ll start approaching 100 percent capability. Accordingly, you can expect paychecks to be north of $1,100/week within this timeframe.
- Experience is where the money is – a driver 10 months into the job won’t earn as much as a driver 10 years into the job, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you will climb the pay ladder — with automatic annual increases, regular pay package upgrades and expanding career paths.
Beyond your first year – pay will only get better from here!