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Adam Phillabaum

Adam has been working at PayScale since 2006. He started as a contract writer, and eventually moved over to be a full-time nerd. Most often he writes about the latest features and products that PayScale is releasing.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho in Computer Science. He worked for two years at The Boeing Company and earned his Master of Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Most Recent Posts by Adam Phillabaum
  • The PayScale Index, now with Canada

  • Your Company, Your Job

    PayScale's latest feature allows you to compare pay, benefits and work environment for job at a specific company.   We'll walk you through this feature and show you how you can use it. 

    Let's say you are interested in a job as a mechanical engineer at Ford.   These are the questions you’d have if you were looking at that job:

    • How well does Ford pay its mechanical engineers?
    • What are the benefits?
    • Are people at Ford happy in their jobs?
    • What about Chrysler? Or GM?

    To answer those questions, we created a page for our users to drill down for a specific job at a specific company.

  • What is PayScale Doing? What is This Blog?

  • Google is Hiding the +1 Button on Mobile

  • Truck Driver Salaries: Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

    "You know the difference between a fairy tale and a trucker tale? A fairy tale starts with: 'once upon a time...' and a trucker tale starts with: 'You're never going to believe this sh*t'...". - Don Floyd

    Name: Don Floyd
    Job Title: Long Distance Truck Driver/ Owner Operator Trucking
    Where: Don's owner operator trucking job is based in Enid, OK
    Truck Driver Salary: $66,000 = $0.60 per mile x 110,000 miles. See truckers cost per mile calculation below. (Owner operator trucking jobs typically pay more than just being a truck driver.)
    Years of Experience: 31 years of truck driving experience, 10 years in owner operator trucking jobs

    Truck Driver Salaries: Owner Operator Trucking Jobs

    Job Description of a Truck Driver: To drive a truck with capacity of more than three tons to transport materials to specified destinations. In owner operator trucking jobs, the driver is also responsible for finding and scheduling loads.

    We all wonder what it would be like. We've bought the little pieces of the puzzle, but we've never put it all together. What is it like to be a long distance truck driver? And what are the benefits and drawbacks of owner operator trucking jobs? I own a Pabst Blue Ribbon trucker hat. I own a 64 ounce thermos that is waiting to be filled with truck stop "high octane" coffee. I've driven 600 miles in a single day. But, there is still so much to learn about long distance truck drivers.

    Salary Stories recently interviewed truck driver Don Floyd about his many years on the road. Don explained the job description of a truck driver, the differences between owner operator trucking jobs and other truck driver jobs, truck driver salaries, and just how much coffee it takes to keep a driver going. If you've ever dreamed of a life on the open road, keep reading!


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