Since it's 12:25 a.m and I woke up to my 3 year old bumping heads with me after he apparantly crawled into bed with us at some point --- I will try to take some time and cover some of this for informational purposes. By the way, The back of his head hit my eyebrow bone and it hurt so bad that I actually saw stars and am feeling a bit loopie!!
So I thought I better get up and put some ice on it before I have a black and blue eye!!!
Anyway, let me see with this trucker lingo thing. Don't worry, we all learned the hard way.
Base pay = The bottom line pay. It is usually your cents per mile pay. There are other types of pay that a trucker can receive from time to time in addition to your 'base' pay such as:
LAYOVER=Obvious meaning, but just for information purposes, it's the type of pay a trucker receives for their wheels not moving. Each companies pays it differently, but a common way to receive layover is after the truck being broke down, or being "shut down" due to no dispatch after 24 hours. It's usually paid anywhere in the vicinity of $25.00 - $75.00 after the first 24 hours of the truck not moving. Each company is different though.
BREAKDOWN PAY = Some companies pay it in lieu of layover pay in the event of breakdowns only. Everyone pays differently - and some don't pay it all. I've seen it in the range of minimum wage to $20.00/hr. It will depend upon the company.
DETENTION = Detention is paid by a shipper or receiver to your company for holding up a truck at a dock too long. Depending upon the company's negotiations with the customer, it can be anywhere from $5.00/hour to $40.00/hour for owner operators after a certain period of time.
LUMPER PAY/UNLOAD PAY: A lumper is someone who unloads the truck for you. Usually they charge a flat rate or a per case fee to unload your truck for you. Usually the money is requested from your company (by you) and given straight to the lumper. However, if you unload the truck yourself, you will receive "unload" pay --- although it's the same thing. It took me a bit to figure that one out as well. But since many trucking companies don't want you touching freight the driver usually makes "less" per case than a lumper would.
SAFETY BONUS = If offered, it is a pay that company pays you for having no tickets or accidents during a specified time period. Some pay it monthly, others pay it quarterly or even yearly.
ON TIME BONUS = Is bonus money offered for having all your pick ups and deliveries made on time.
REFERRAL BONUS = Money paid for referring a qualified driver to the company you work for
I keep getting delayed here due to holding an ice pack on my eyeball!!! So this is taking longer than I anticipated and my brain ain't functioning!!!! Maybe one of the other lady drivers can finish some of the types of pay.
Some of the other "lingo" you will need to know is:
DRY BOX FREIGHT = Freight that is usually general commodities and doesn't require special types of trailers.
REEFER FREIGHT = Nope, it's not marijuana :) But it's actually a shortened term for refrigerated trailer or refrigerated freight. It's freight that requires temperature control either hot or cold.
FLATBED = Is freight that will fit on a trailer without sides. ALTHOUGH a flatbed can have a side kit and a tarp over it which then becomes a "covered wagon". However, flatbed freight is usually a trailer without sides and things are strapped on them. Requires tarps, straps, chains, etc. to hold the stuff on the trailer. Flatbeds haul anything from farm equipment, to cars, to general commodities.
STEPDECK: Is a flatbed trailer with what looks like a "step" at the front of the trailer. Usually equipment of some sort is hauled on a step deck, although I've seen onions, wood, and other commodities hauled on a step deck as well. It would give a flatbed driver a little more versatility with the type of freight he could haul.
TARP PAY = Is pay that is paid to a flatbed driver for taking the time and effort to place a tarp over a load. I've seen some that even pay extra for chaining or special tie down requirements.
EARNED HOMETIME: Your time at home.
DISPATCH/DISPATCHER = The person who sends you out on your loads. Can also be called a fleet manager.
I can't think of any others right at the moment, but as this thread progresses or perhaps whenever my head quits throbbing, I will take the time to add more. Maybe someone else can add to the list?
Maybe I'll even compile a list and post it on Layover. I think there was such a list on Layover at one point because I printed it out???? I will ask administration tomorrow.