No, trucking does not pay enough….that’s why the U.S. and Canada are suffering from a lack of drivers to keep those wheels rolling.
I’m sure you many of you have watched tv shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’.
In this show, there are guys are going out in the Bering Sea, in the middle of winter, going fishing. Interestingly enough, they never have any trouble finding guys to work out on those boats, in spite of the extreme weather and the dreadful working conditions.
Why? Because the money for those jobs is huge. That’s WHY the guys go out on these boats. Big money.
It’s the same with oil rig workers. They are out in the middle of the nowhere in the freezing cold weather. But, the money is big….that’s why they don’t have any trouble finding people to work there.
Driver Wages Have Flat Lined
The same is not true in trucking, unfortunately. Where the money was once there in driving….. the money is now poor compared to what it once was. It’s to the point now, where there’s a shortage of drivers, because of the low wages, and the driver shortage has become a huge problem for the trucking industry.
The big carriers have been slow out of the starting gate, figuring it out. They can see it looming on the horizon, but don’t care enough about it, to do much to resolve it.
Drivers are leaving their trucking jobs to take up local work in construction and be home every night, as opposed to being on the road for weeks and bring home less money.
Share the Wealth: Put More $$ in the Driver’s Pocket
Driving a truck for a living, for the average driver nowadays, simply doesn’t cover the cost of paying the bills at home. The cost of living on the road doesn’t allow for setting aside enough money for a rainy day or for a retirement fund.
The money is just not there anymore, which is too bad, because this was once a great job. This was a great industry, even though there were sacrifices. But it paid well back then.
It was worthwhile financially to drive for a living. However, considering the low wages of the average truck driving job, that’s no longer true anymore. The trucking companies are going to have to get on the bandwagon and raise the pay because soon they’re going to find themselves simply out of good drivers… and the problem will continue to grow out of control.
They may be able to get drivers from foreign shores, but the cost of the insurance claims of a cheaply paid, low skilled workforce, along with the damage the poorly trained drivers incur, will eventually put some of the carriers, out of business.
They’re going to find themselves with huge fleets and no reliable guys to drive the equipment.
It is pretty tough for a CEO these days to justify his new Mercedes, yards full of brand new equipment, hundreds of office staff, glass tower buildings, yet no one left to drive the trucks.
These companies must re-evaluate their positions and soon. It’s coming. There’ll be nobody left that’s any good to drive these trucks.
Trucking does not pay enough anymore, and that must change.
And the nation needs the trucks.