Trucking ain’t what it used to be and it’s hard to bring in the bucks the way we used to.
Even with an increase in salary, wages haven’t been adjusted to inflation so in the end, we don’t see much of a difference.
But don’t get me wrong, I love trucking and the road. Like Hank Williams used to sing “When the lord made me, He made a ramblin man”. I wouldn’t change trucking for any other job in the world, BUT! I do want to be able to provide a good life for my family and of course, myself.
After all, what’s the point of working hard if you can’t make a living? Would a farmer work hard for his land under the sun for months to only get a couple of apples back? I don’t think so.
There are many ways of providing a good life for your loved ones within the trucking industry, you just have to know it comes with higher expectations and (in most cases) higher risks.
If you’re thinking about getting into the trucking industry or looking to make a power move into one of the niche markets with a higher pay, you have to be ready to face the dangers, pressure, stress and risks involved in the niche markets that can result in a higher paying job.
The first thing you need to do is: RESEARCH! RESEARCH! RESEARCH!
A savvy trucker is a better paid one too. Information is often the main difference between a regular gig and a higher paying one. And of course there are other factors that come into play such as:
Willing to take greater risks. Typically, better jobs come with a higher degree of danger involved.
We all know this one. With greater risk, comes more liability.
Higher skill level.
We often see a more complex skill set specific to the job required such as ice road driving experience.
A clean driving record.
Companies often demand more experienced truck drivers with 5+ years successful CDL experience with no incidents on their driving record.
Working in remote areas.
Some truck driving jobs demand working in a remote or sparsely populated area.
The cost of living for truckers in such an area could be considerably higher, too, if the work requires that the driver live in the area where the job is.
Now, you really wanna go to the next level? It’s time to invest on your equipment, truck and skills. Get that specialized truck. Upgraded from a day cab to a sleeper and do interstate and longer trips, go from a dry cab to a reefer, and so on. These are a few of the most lucrative markets that call for a business upgrade and therefore a pay upgrade:
Pretty self explanatory, grow your fleet, grow your greens.
This is one of the risky ones, hauling hazardous liquid materials can be a little dangerous and that’s exactly why it comes with above regular wage.
Ice Road trucking.
You need to make sure your truck can withstand the coldest weather and the fiercest snowstorm.
Again, pretty self explanatory.
There’s a lot of money to be made operating dump trucks within the mining industry.
Oversize Load Hauls.
Specialize in oversize hauling oversize your payback.
Build a team, get a sleeper cab and take turns for maximum payout and time management.
Hauling vintage cars, antiques, specialized equipment that requires specific tools and skills.
Acquire a financial product, invest in bettering your skills, your truck and therefore your business.