Considering truck drivers are such a vital part of keeping the global economy running smoothly, it’s a shame they don’t get paid accordingly.
Unfortunately, the world hasn’t noticed how poorly truck drivers are paid. Or perhaps they don’t really care.
The media continually reminds us that the industry has its work cut out trying to recruit new truck drivers. But we all know the problem is less a driver shortage, more a pay shortage.
How the industry expects truck drivers to make a living on such low wages is anyone’s guess.
Where a truck driver drives their truck determines how well they get paid (or not). But it’s more than just location that decides truck driver salaries. There’s also miles travelled, size of vehicle, company, experience, qualifications, pay structure, and more.
A survey by Insider Monkey reveals the eight countries with the highest paid truck drivers. In reverse order, here’s the ones that made it onto the list…
- Sweden (€27,930)
Sweden is home to two of the biggest truck manufacturers in the world: Volvo and Scania. There’s plenty going on in the world of trucking here, and there’s some money to be made as a truck driver.
- UK (€28,720)
The UK is the world’s fifth largest economic power and seventh in the list of countries for highest paid truck drivers. The industry might have seen better days, but truck drivers are central to the country’s internal economic logistics.
- France (€35,695)
France’s logistics industry is more developed than the UK’s, which can be seen in the significant jump from the average UK truck driver salary.
- Australia (€36,515)
Australia is a huge country with a population spread far and wide, largely located on the country’s coastline. It also has one of the largest mixed-market economies in the world, meaning it has an impressive workforce of truck drivers to get things where they need to be.
- Netherlands (€36,985)
The Netherlands is ranked as the 17th largest economy in the world – an achievement it’s reached in a short space of time and in spite of its small population. The trucking industry is doing well here, and truck drivers’ salaries prove it.
- Canada (€37,295)
Canada ranks third on the list of countries with the highest paid truck drivers. Like Australia, Canada is also a large, sparsely-populated country, and it has a robust logistics network and hardy truck drivers to match.
- US (€42,805)
Taking another significant step up in truck driver salary levels, the US employs a large and well-paid fleet of truck drivers (although, the drivers might dispute that fact!). Working as a trucker still brings with it a sense of pride for many in the US, but truck driver salaries have dropped sharply over the years.
- Norway (€47,690)
As well as having the safest roads in Europe, Norway also boasts the highest paid truck drivers in the world. With its growing economy (one that doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon), Norway’s truck driver salary puts other countries to shame. Norwegian truckers are around €5,000 richer than those working in the US – and nearly €20,000 better off a year than UK truck drivers. What’s even more impressive is that most Norwegian drivers work ‘regular’ hours – 7.5 hours a day, five days a week.