I get paid by the mile and I don’t push myself very hard so I am probably on the low end when it comes to truck driver earnings. I get paid 36 cents a mile and at 50 mph that comes out to be $18 an hour. On a good day I’ll drive 500 miles, but on a bad day I might only drive 100 miles. My paychecks fluctuate. What I really like is that I don’t have a boss looking me over the shoulder. I plan my route; I start when I want, stop when I want. My responsibilities are simple: get the load delivered on time, safely and legally. I don’t socialize much with other truck drivers, mostly because I’m kind of a loner and partly because they are a bunch of fat, scruffy, dirty, uneducated white guys.