How does a sliding pay scale work?

Some trucking companies have established a sliding pay scale as the way they pay their Over-the-Road drivers.  Typically, a sliding pay scale will pay drivers a different CPM depending on the length of haul for the load they are on.   The longer the length of haul the lower the CPM & the shorter the length of haul the higher the CPM. Since the driver’s pay under a sliding pay scale changes based on the length of haul it makes it difficult for drivers to fully determine what their overall CPM will be before accepting the job.

Here is an example of a potential sliding pay scale:

0-100 Miles        = $0.52 cpm

101-200 Miles    = $0.50 cpm

201-300 Miles    = $0.48 cpm

301-400 Miles    = $0.46 cpm

401-600 Miles    = $0.44 cpm

601+ Miles        = $0.42 cpm

Recruiters of trucking companies that offer sliding pay scales will normally tell the driver that sliding pay scales are advantageous because they compensate the driver more for shorter length of hauls. The higher pay is designed to reward the driver for the extra time wasted on short loads. Nevertheless, potential drivers of sliding pay scale companies must keep in mind that they will be compensated the least amount for long length of hauls.  If the driver gets nothing but long length of hauls it means their effective CPM pay will be on the low end of the scale.