A huge number of advertisements are published in various publications by hauliers claiming to be in urgent need of truck drivers. These ads promise very attractive salaries, starting bonuses, good home time, holidays, etc. Due to the overwhelming number of advertisements from companies looking for drivers, many people have begun to seriously consider the idea of a career as a truck driver. But do these job ads give prospective truck drivers an accurate picture of what they can reasonably expect to earn?
If you read these ads, all you will see are the dollar amounts that will potentially be earned. What you don’t see is how many hours you would have to work to earn those wages and whether that would be feasible for you. Also, some of the very high salary reports may be for experienced managers and not new managers. However, this may not be apparent from the advertisements.
Many advertisements for truck drivers are sent out by companies looking to hire long distance drivers. Salaries are usually advertised as an annual salary. But do the ads accurately reflect what new truck drivers can reasonably expect to earn? In most cases the answer is no.
Truck drivers are not paid by the hour, but by the mile. Truck drivers work long hours every day. They can easily reach 30 or more unpaid hours a week. This can be due to a variety of circumstances. These include spending long hours at a loading dock, getting caught in traffic jams, etc. This waiting time represents a large number of unpaid hours.
In addition, life on the road is very expensive. Truck drivers are mostly limited to food, snacks and drinks at truck stops. Truck stops have limited Description food choices and are expensive. Sanitary items and other daily necessities are also more expensive on the road. In addition to these costs, drivers also have to pay for showers and other items. The cost of living on the road can put a significant strain on the budget.
One of the advantages of a career as a truck driver is the short time it takes to obtain a driver’s license. Skills and training are required to obtain a truck driver’s license. However, it does not require higher education. Moreover, becoming a professional driver does not require much time. The training to become a truck driver can be completed in a few weeks or months. It depends on the educational institution offering the training.
Becoming a truck driver has proven to be a good career choice for many. Despite a less than desirable starting salary, a truck driving career offers many career opportunities. If you decide to become a truck driver, be prepared to work long hours without pay. You should be aware that the shortage of truck drivers is mainly due to high turnover. By working hard and getting hired by a good trucking company, you can eventually make good money in the trucking industry. Maybe one day you would like to own your own trucking company. Just don’t expect to earn high advertised salaries in the beginning.