I'll classify a few ways lease operators are paid some of these methods of extra pay also reach back to the
company drivers and forward to the operator running his own authority. The best way to see how these categories are usually
bundled together is to get over to the Trucking Calculator where you can experience working the numbers on various ways all
truckers are paid especially the Lease Operators
Lease Operators are Paid by several different methods or any combination
of the following.
Cents Per Mile (cpm) on loaded and dead head miles
Cpm on loaded miles, but less cpm
on dead head mile
Empty miles pay "Company approved
Percentage of the Load (usually no pay on dead
Fuel Surcharge, Company Scale
Fuel Surcharge based on the National Average Fuel
Price also known as "Full fuel surcharge
If they run their own trailer they are paid more
run the companies trailer they are paid less but they can drop and hook and swap loads
Companies Pay a set cpm
for running refer units
Companies also pay fuel surcharge for running refer units
Most companies will
also pay based on other load requirements such as
Number of Drops
Number of Hours To Onload and Offload
Typically the lease operator is paid cpm on loaded and dead head
and receive a fuel surcharge on his fuel.
the other primary way they lease operators are paid is by a percentage
of what the load pays none on the dead head, if the company can get a fuel surcharge from the shipper the trucker is generally
paid full fuel surcharge.
In some cases the lease operator is paid a flat rate of what the load is paid fuel surcharge
The next most important thing to a lease operator to how much he is paid is how much he has to pay the
Lease operators that purchase or lease their truck through the company are usually compelled to settle
for the companies maintenance program. Sometimes even if the truckers credit is shaky the company will make it easy for them
to lease through the company. These maintenance programs, so called, are cleverly devised schemes to bleed the trucker for
ridiculous sums of money. If the operator wants to lease a truck through them they make him pay a flat cpm rate on all of
his loaded miles to cover the full and complete maintenance of the truck, it all sounds good when there selling it to you.
With the same money the operator loses on the maintenance program he could buy a brand new truck every year, and
have the most expensive warranty program money can buy and still have money left over to have time for his family and a reward
for the earnest effort and contribution he makes to society. Instead he becomes a slave, yes, he's given the choice to
turn down a load if he wants to, but he's become so desperately to make some good on his investment he runs everything
every where and all the time sometimes without seeing his family for months on end, if he's managed to keep them together.
Running constantly is the only way he can catch up.
Oh yes, one more little thing, if the truck is not run as
a team truck there usually is no way the trucker can make good on the deal, none. This one's for free, it's
a taste of what you'll find out if you buy the book, and if you do you'll find a lot more.