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How much do you pay your drivers?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by shovelracer, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    What is the going rate for drivers using your equipment. I have a guy that drives dumps for a paving contractor, but they dont push with them. He has his own plow truck, but since he isnt insured Im debating making him one of my drivers. We havent talked wages, but I normally pay 18-20 for an entry level driver. He's a little older and more responsible so I could expect him to do more on his own without me babysitting. What are the current ranges for drivers?
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Nobody hires people to drive their trucks?
  3. Niteman9

    Niteman9 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    The company I sub for pays 25 an hour to drivers driving their truck.
  4. snowangel13

    snowangel13 Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 18

    I see drivers getting 16.00 up to 30.00 per hour depending on their experience and work performance. try starting him off at a lowere rate and evaluate his performance on his first or second night out and then go up from there.
  5. paying for help

    I pay shovel help by the job and not by the hour

    If I am paying for the truck, fuel and insurance, I would take most of the value of the
    plow work but offer a percentage of the value of the plow work performed.
    That way they have an incentive to be productive and I dont have to supervise.
    This is assuming quality help.

    And, I would make the driver respond to any complaints or callbacks. If there were
    compliments, I would award those with bonuses.

    Partnering is less hassle then hourly employees
  6. snowguys

    snowguys Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    i pay my drivers 25 a hour
  7. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    I pay my drivers between 20.00 and 23.00 per hour. During a storm I buy food and drinks for all my guys. At the end of a storm I buy a beers for every one.
  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Thats better. Thanks for the replys. I also will by my crew food depending on the time of day. If we finish early evening I'll by dinner. If its morning I'll by breakfast. Any other time of day they just seem to want to go home.

    OK here's the second part. If you where to pay the shovelers hourly what would that be. I usually start at 15 and the guys ho have done it enough to know the accounts get 18.
  9. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    We pay shocelers between 15.00 and 19.00 per hour.
  10. dannyslawn

    dannyslawn Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Sorry I mean Shovelers.
  11. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    If you want them to show up again, pay them well...best advice I got from a competitor.
  12. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    I agree with avatare 100%. you dont have to follow them and babysit them. if you start to get complaints then check up on them and see if you can corespond with the driver.
    overall, the drive is doing all the work and making your customers happy. with gas lower these days then last year, you can overlook some of the cost for the truck.

    If you were to pay them per hour, an experienced driver and mature driver usually deserves 25-40 per hour. depends on how much you are making. if he plows 4 driveways in an hour and you make 120 dollars. If you pay him 30-40 bucks...you still keep the customer, you get a profit, and he is happy. Though, more of a ''partnership''/trust with a driver is the way to go. they will feel more obligated to go the extra mile and return to the job and take care of the truck.

    my 2 cents...
  13. Wow - I worked as a driver for a company here in Toronto called "The Gardener" not long ago and he only paid $11.00 and shovelers only got $10.00....

    I knew he was cheap but man, that is really cheap... lol
  14. MeeksCo

    MeeksCo Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Wow is right! at $11 an hour...you are better off working retail which secures you hours instead of hoping it snows! Come to Cleveland and work for me! haha.

    LET IT SNOW !!!!
  15. LOL no kidding man. When I worked for Clintar (massive huge company here, thousands of trucks) I was getting $19.00 per hour.

    I don't know what I was thinking when I signed on with those other fools.

    I'm just happy to be setup on my own now...
  16. turk

    turk Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I saw a local company in my area looking to hire drivers for $10.00 an hour, I had to think long and hard before I decided not to apply (lol). The ad said you only get payed and work when it snow no guaranted hours. All I can say is good luck to them.
  17. kah68

    kah68 Senior Member
    Messages: 238

    I start my guys at $16, if they get done within the time frame on a regualr basis and don't tear up the equipment they go up from there.