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Trucker pay has plummeted in the last 30 years, analyst says

Here's how much truck operators would have made on average last year had trucker pay kept up with inflation since 1980.

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State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in on turnover, rates, pay, working conditions and more

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a misnomer for other things, low pay chief among them.

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Threading the needle through trade policy, regulation, hammer swingers and the erosion of the middle class

Readers' responses to a recent call for change to the 14-hour rule in the hours of service thread the needle through 30 and more years of American history and the erosion of the blue-collar middle class.

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A decade just to rebound: Pay and the driver shortage

With the exception of 2014-15, pay evidence of a supply/demand imbalance in OTR truckload drivers’ favor is not found during 2005-15, during which a driver shortage was documented for nearly every year by one analyst or another.

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One carrier’s work-around for the driver shortage

Landstar’s low turnover rate shows that strong earnings potential for drivers can soften a labor shortage by retaining solid operators.

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The first time I heard the phrase ‘driver shortage’ …

Tracking back to the origins of our February cover story questioning what might be the trucking industry's most unquestioned assumption: the driver shortage.

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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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POLL: The future of rates and driver pay models?

Looking out over the next decades, what do you see for mileage, percentage, hourly (or salary) pay models for leased and/or company drivers, and what's the future of rates for independents look like? Choose up to three of these scenarios or suggest your own under this poll.

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