Carrier-to-Carrier Comparison

Possible gross earnings based on 110,000 miles, 100 trips
Advertised
Base rate
Advertised
O/O Inputs
Input
Costs
Annual Costs
& Deductions
Administration
Fees
Paid Pick &
Drop: Extras
Possible
Annual
Gross Revenue
Possible
Annual
Net Revenue
Profit or
Safety
Bonus
Possible Fuel
Surcharge
Recovery
Total
Possible
Earnings
Actual $
per Mile
Carrier A $1.05 base plate $3,000 $3,000 $25 per P&D
Avg. 2/trip
$120,500 $117,500 4% or $4800 $8,250 $127,100 1.15/mile
Carrier B $1.18 base plate
ins. @ 6%
permits, fees
$3,000
$7,800
$500
$11,300 $250/mth or
$3000/year
$129,800 $115,500 $6,600 $122,100 1.11 / mile
Carrier C $1.10 base plate $3,000 $3,000 $250/mth or
$3000/year
Tarp - $30
P & D - $25
Avg. 1 extra
$126,500 $120,500 $12,100 $132,600 1.20 / mile

Fuel Surcharges: A = 5% of carrier's revenue, avg $1.50 per mile B = 6¢ per mile on all miles C = 10% of 0/0 mileage earnings

This chart compares three fictitious carriers. The second column shows their advertised mileage rate. The next four columns show the 0/0 inputs, or costs of doing business with the carrier. Total gross earning potential — including picks and drops and extra fees — is shown in the eighth column, with the revenue after deductions shown in column nine. Columns 10 and 11 show bonuses and possible fuel surcharge recovery from the carrier, bringing the total possible earning potential to column 12. The last column is the real mileage rate after all the calculations. As you can see, the advertised rate may not necessarily mean that much. When you calculate all the possible revenue sources and deductions, the per-mile rate can change pretty quickly.