I get asked about this all the time. Since truck drivers are currently exempt from minimum wage laws under the FLSA of 1938, should that be changed? Yes, it should BUT don't get into the mindset that minimum wage is going to change your life. As I have said, drivers should get paid for all of their time, no doubt. For a company to comply with the FLSA as of today, a driver who has worked 70 hours in one week would need to be paid $616.25 before taxes (gross). As long as you are getting more than that, changing the FLSA would not change your life. I suppose some drivers would get more due to local laws but there would likely be some kind of exemption for interstate drivers that they would be subject to Federal Minimum wage. The point is this, don't worry about the minimum of anything. Don't work hard to get the least amount of pay. $616 a week is just over 30 grand a year. If that is all you are getting, quit. There is plenty more pay than that out there for you. There are already companies paying for all of your time. Make more, don't work more.
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Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.