Ground Driver, Am I Being Underpaid?

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by Domino34, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. Domino34

    Domino34 New Member

    Hello everyone, I've been driving for a FedEx Ground contractor for several months now and recently got moved to a better route and am unsure if I'm being compensated fairly for the bigger route.

    Originally I was on a mixed HD/Ground route that ran under Ground, I drove about 150 miles, averaged 70-100 stops and maybe 90-150 packages and a couple pick ups every now and then. I was working on average about 40 hours a week and was paid $100 a day or $500 a week, assuming no weather or holidays.

    I've now been put on a totally ground route, in a bigger truck driving 60 to 70 miles a day and averaging 70-90 stops and anywhere from 250 to 300 something packages, and about 10 scheduled pickups, usually picking up at least 100-200 or so packages. So I end up working about 50 hours a week if not a little more, and am being paid $120 a day, or $600 a week now.

    Now I am unsure how the contractors are paid, so I dont know if this is actually a fair amount, but $100 extra a week over my old route seems a little cheap for the amount of extra work involved. Sorry if I went on a little long here, I'm just hoping someone with a little more experience here can tell me if $600 a week seems low for the kind of route I am running now. Thanks in advance.
  2. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Pick up the pace and the pay will seem more fair.
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  3. Domino34

    Domino34 New Member

    It's not really an issue of my pace. I have several pickups that can't be done until after 5pm so I get done about the same time every day no matter how fast I'm moving, which is reasonably quick in the first place.
  4. UPS4Life

    UPS4Life Active Member

    So your busting your ace for roughly 12$ an hour.... I think I'd be looking for employment elsewhere.

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  5. It will be fine

    It will be fine Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't call 70-90 stops in 10 hours busting your ace.
    If you're waiting for pickups, start your day later. Some deliveries will complain that you're later but who cares.
    The only way to know if you can make more from your contractor is to ask for it. If he thinks you're worth it he'll find some more money for you, if not move on.
  6. bbsam

    bbsam Moderator Staff Member

    Yes. You are underpaid. Most Ground drivers and contractors are. Express will probably be more than happy to hire you.
  7. Yes. Im a part timer. Work a max of 30 hours a week. Roughly bring home 400 bucks. Plus I have the dental insurance, 401k deducting at 8%. Also taxes already taken (but I claim 3). U sir in my opinion are being screwed. Dont know how guys work for that side of fedex. Our payrate sux compared to ups and the time it takes to reach top pay. But what they do to u guys should be illegal.
  8. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Your pay is about average for Ground, and you are definitely underpaid. This is the essence of the Ground scam.
  9. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Underpaid is relative to your qualifications.
  10. robdabanks

    robdabanks Member

    Want to keep guys around, pay half of what the route makes.

    On another note, what's up with the new unlisted pickup crap?
  11. It will be fine

    It will be fine Well-Known Member

    The address entering for unlisted I imagine is to start hitting guys for double stops. They want random pickups scanned with the delivery stop so they don't have to pay stop settlement.

    You don't always want to keep guys around. If they are bad, you're better off underpaying and having them quit then dealing with unemployment.
  12. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Sounds about right to the ground guys on my route (and there is about 3 of them over my entire route). They get paid between 500-600 a week and over time doesn't count for them so no matter how long they work it's the same amount. And no benefits.

    Now I'm young as he stated on the forums before but even so I couldn't see my self working for ground even as a job to just hold myself over until I get an interview for something in my field.

    To pay someone 600 a week flat with no overtime even you are working 50 hours is an absolute crime
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  13. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Is that a real question? Have a chat with the UPS guys on your route and find out how much they're taking home.
  14. RALD276

    RALD276 New Member

    Do we live in a capitalistic or socialistic economy? The pay is what the market will bear. As it turns out, we pay a little over 50% of the route gross, give paid time off and paid holiday pay and paid sick leave. Yes, we don't have a 401K or medical, but who can afford that obama care scam crap any way...(another topic for another day - but somehow the public at large buys into the lies)

    We pay our noobs $100 a day to run 30-40 stops that way we just break even. Full route drivers get more. IF you are really doing the stop/mile combo you claim and no other attitude/safety issues, I would pay you more.
  15. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    Yes but what market are you in? New York? L.A?
  16. Goldilocks

    Goldilocks Well-Known Member

    That's right, you are a machine not a person!
  17. calcio56

    calcio56 Active Member

    Who cares, this is brown cafe. Not purple paradise
  18. Domino34

    Domino34 New Member

    Thanks for all the input everyone. I do know we're underpaid compared to Express and especially UPS, just wanted to see how the pay stacked up against other Ground guys. Looks like I'll just have to discuss the issue with my contractor.
  19. kickpackage1

    kickpackage1 Member

    FEDEX GROUND SUCKS GET OUT all you are doing is making FRED richer
  20. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Thanks for the idiotic free market Libertarian "lesson". IF you weren't a greedy, opportunistic follower of Fred (read scumbag liar), you'd pay a living wage. If you're a contractor, you're certainly getting your fair share.
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