How low can company driver pay go? Pretty low in Mexico

| 9/18/2007

The driver of the very first Mexico-based truck to come into the United States in the controversial cross-border program earns a mere 13 cents per mile and $20 per day for expenses.

Luis González drove the first truck from Monterrey, Mexico, to North Carolina. He has more than 10 years’ experience and is among the company’s best, according to an article in the San Antonio Express-News detailing the first delivery under the cross-border program.

With more than 10 years of experience and an impeccable driving record like González reportedly has, company drivers in the U.S. can easily earn three times as much as González.

An informal survey of company driver pay offerings with 10 or more years experience had many U.S. companies paying 40 cents per mile and up, with some companies reporting driver pay at 50 cents per mile with that kind of experience.

As far as expenses go, the $20 a day González was paid is far below the $52 per diem allowed by the IRS for U.S. truckers.