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What loads pay the most on trucking?

November 24, 2021 | Fork Freight

Truckers are always asking themselves this question. The answer is actually pretty simple, but it might surprise you. While there are some loads that pay well, they aren’t always the ones that are worth your time. If you’re looking for a load to haul across state lines, be sure to take a look at what’s available in your area first! This article will tell you what types of loads usually give drivers the biggest bang for their buck when hauling them across state lines.

There are several factors that contribute to the value of a load. The first is distance. How far will you have to drive? Some truckers are willing to take loads that are much farther away for much less money than they would be willing to haul shorter distances for. This is especially true if it’s out of state, or if you’re hauling a load to a neighboring state. It’s important to keep a fair market rate in mind when considering how much money you’re going to make off of it.

Using the old formula of $2.50 per mile will give you a good idea of how much a load is going to pay. For an owner operator, your gross estimated revenue should be around $450K per year. This is working 52 weeks a year and 5 days per week with travel distances averaging 750 miles daily for the entire workweek!

The exceptions to this rule are live animals, hazardous materials, or perishable cargo. Of course, you’ll generally be paid more for these types of loads than with standard shipping freight. If you’re up to the challenge of hauling something that’s a little more dangerous than your average load, you could really boost your pay and get yourself a nice bonus!

Most truckers find that they make the most money when hauling loads with multiple stops. It’s not always necessary to haul something like grain or steel with this option, but if you can find it, take it! The reason? Freight that has more than one destination is paid per stop instead of by the mile.

The last major factor is the weight of the load. Shipping costs are directly related to how much it weighs, so if you have a chance to haul some extra heavy cargo, take it! Having said that, however, try not to get caught up in hauling loads that are too massive for your truck. Keep in mind that you’re responsible for anything you haul, and if you’re hauling a load that’s too heavy for your rig, you could find yourself paying expensive fines.


If you’re looking for a little extra cash on your next cross-country haul, keep these tips in mind and see what you can find! Thanks for reading this article! We hope you found the information helpful. Happy trucking!

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