How Much do Truckers Earn + How to Make Even More Money Trucking - OTR Solutions

How Much do Truckers Earn + How to Make Even More Money Trucking

The trucking industry is the backbone of the American economy, and truckers play a crucial role in ensuring that goods are delivered on time and in good condition.

However, despite the importance of this profession, many truckers struggle to earn a decent living wage.

The average annual salary for long-haul truckers is around $45,000, although this figure can vary depending on experience, location, and the type of cargo being transported. Some truckers earn as little as $30,000 a year, while others can earn up to $70,000 or more.

The high costs of fuel, insurance, and maintenance, and the pressure to meet tight delivery schedules, can make it difficult for truckers to earn a sufficient income. In this article, we will explore the earning potential of truckers, the challenges they face, and how they can increase their income by utilizing non-recourse freight factoring & tools for truckers from OTR Solutions.

The Challenges of Long-Haul Trucking

Long-haul trucking can be a challenging and demanding profession. Truckers spend long hours on the road, often away from their families and friends, and they must contend with traffic, weather, and mechanical issues.

The high cost of fuel and maintenance can also be a significant burden for truckers. According to the American Trucking Association, the average cost of operating a tractor-trailer is around $1.69 per mile, which can add up quickly for long-haul truckers who drive thousands of miles each month.

Another major challenge for truckers is the pressure to meet tight delivery schedules. Many truckers are paid by the load, which means that they are incentivized to deliver their loads as quickly as possible. However, this can lead to fatigue, which can be dangerous for both the trucker and other drivers on the road.

In addition to these challenges, truckers also face the uncertainty of not knowing when they will be paid for their deliveries. This can make it difficult for truckers to manage their finances and can lead to financial stress.

Tips To Make More Money Trucking

Being a trucker can be stressful and money typically helps that feeling! 

Here are a few of our top tips to make more money while trucking.

Optimize Your Routes

One way to increase your earning potential as a trucker is by optimizing your routes. This means planning your trips in a way that maximizes your efficiency and minimizes your costs. This can be done by using routing software or by working with a logistics company to plan your routes for you.

Negotiate Better Rates

Another way to increase your earnings is by negotiating better rates with your customers. This can be done by building relationships with shippers and brokers and by demonstrating your value as a reliable and efficient carrier. Carriers often forget that by asking for a small amount, $50-$100 more per load, is enough to offset the cost of showers, parking, and even the factoring fee.

Diversify Your Cargo

Diversifying the types of cargo, you transport can help you increase your income by expanding your customer base and taking on a variety of loads.

Invest In Technology

Investing in technology such as ELDs, telematics, and routing software can help you optimize your routes, reduce your costs, and increase your efficiency, which can lead to higher earnings.

Stay On Top of Your Expenses

Keep track of all your expenses and try to minimize them as much as possible. This can help you maximize your profits and increase your earning potential.

Keep Your Truck Well-Maintained

A well-maintained truck can help you avoid costly repairs and breakdowns and ensure that you are able to stay on the road and earn more money.

Non-Recourse Freight Factoring: The Cash Flow Lovers #1 Solution

One way for truckers to improve their income and expedite their cash flow is by utilizing non-recourse freight factoring from companies like us at OTR Solutions. 

Non-recourse freight factoring is a financial service that allows truckers to receive payment for their deliveries upfront, rather than waiting for the customer to pay. This can be a valuable tool for truckers who are struggling to make ends meet, as it allows them to have more control over their cash flow and avoid the stress of waiting for payment.

How Non-Recourse Freight Factoring Works

When a trucker delivers a load, they can choose to factor the invoice with us. We will then advance the trucker a percentage of the invoice and will handle the collection of payment from the customer. Once the customer pays the invoice, we will remit the remaining balance to the trucker, minus a small fee for their services.

Non-recourse factoring means that the trucker is not responsible for any unpaid invoices, which can provide significant peace of mind for truckers.

OTR Solutions handles the collection of payment, which can save truckers time and hassle. With OTR Solutions, truckers can focus on their deliveries and leave the invoicing process to the experts.

Benefits of Non-Recourse Freight Factoring

Non-recourse freight factoring can provide many benefits for truckers.

Improving Cash Flow

By receiving payment upfront, truckers can avoid the stress of waiting for payment, tedious task of managing their open receivables, not to mention allocating payments as they are received, and have more control over their finances. This can be especially beneficial for truckers who have unexpected expenses or need to make a large purchase, such as a new truck or trailer.

Reducing Financial Risk

As mentioned before, non-recourse factoring means that the trucker is not responsible for any unpaid invoices. This can provide significant peace of mind for truckers, as they no longer have to worry about the financial risk of carrying unpaid invoices.

Streamlining The Invoicing Process

OTR Solutions handles the collection of payment, allowing truckers to focus on their deliveries. This can save truckers time and hassle and allow them to spend more time on the road and less time on paperwork.


With non-recourse freight factoring, truckers have the flexibility to choose which invoices they want to factor. This allows truckers to only factor the invoices that they need to and retain control of the finances.

How to Earn More Money Trucking with OTR Solutions’ Tools for Truckers

Whether you’re unhappy with the current amount of money you’re making while trucking or perhaps you just want to scale your cash flow – our innovative tools for truckers are built with you in mind, the trucker.

Fuel Advances with Capital Fuel Card

The Capital Fuel Card is OTR Solutions’ very own fuel advance card. Unlike traditional fuel cards, the Capital Fuel Card is prepaid and requires no credit to use and still offers all the same perks as traditional credit-based fuel cards.

Our fuel card works at over 8,000 truck stops nationwide and enables you to save as much as $1.70 per gallon! We work with in-network fuel vendors like TA Petro, Speedway, & Ambest.

Capital Fuel Card

Lumper Fee Advances

Lumper fee advances can be a valuable tool for truckers looking to increase their income. These advances are a form of financing that allows truckers to receive payment for lumper fees upfront, rather than waiting for the customer to pay.

Lumper fees are charges that truckers incur when they are required to load or unload their own cargo, either because the customer does not have a loading dock or because the trucker is not able to use the customer’s dock.

These fees can add up quickly, and many truckers struggle to pay them out of pocket.

By utilizing lumper fee advances, truckers can receive payment for these fees upfront, which can help them manage their cash flow and avoid financial stress.

Lumper Fee Advance

Dedicated Support

Our dedicated in-house back-office support has your back always.

Dedicated Operations Team

At OTR Solutions, we pride ourselves on our industry-leading client satisfaction rating. When you partner with us for factoring, fuel card services, or ELEVATE, you can expect to be connected with a dedicated team who is responsible for managing every aspect of our services. Our team is committed to ensuring that your experience with us is positive and that your needs are met. We understand that every trucker’s business is unique, and we work closely with our clients to find the best solutions for their needs. Trust in our years of experience and let us help you increase your earning potential and improve your overall financial situation.

Accounts Receivable Team

We understand that when it comes to factoring, getting paid quickly is crucial for truckers.

That’s why we have a dedicated Accounts Receivable team that ensures your invoices are billed quickly and correctly.

This not only ensures that you receive payment for your deliveries promptly, but it also helps to build a strong and valuable relationship between you and your customers. We take care of the invoicing process from start to finish, so that you can focus on your deliveries and leave the billing to the experts.

Partner with OTR Solutions for factoring and you can rest assured that you will be paid promptly, while building strong relationships with your customers.

Broker And Shipper Approvals

We are dedicated to providing carriers with the flexibility and freedom to run and grow their business on their own terms.

One way we do this is by offering a robust broker and shipper approval process and team. This allows our clients the ability to seek out new and existing business opportunities, knowing that OTR Solutions will properly vet and monitor their customer’s credit situation. 

This ensures that our clients are working with reputable and reliable customers, which can help to reduce financial risk and improve cash flow. With OTR Solutions, carriers can have the freedom to seek out new business opportunities without worrying about the creditworthiness of their customers.

OTR Solutions Is The #1 Factoring Partner You Can Count On! 

Factor with OTR Solutions today and gain access to our innovative solutions and tools for truckers. We’re here to help you scale your cash flow.

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