Highest Paying Trucking Jobs in 2019

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Written by Mike Skliar

Truck drivers face many difficulties and stress during their work, therefore their job deserves appropriate pay. Because nobody wants to spend hours and sometimes days and weeks behind the wheel and don’t get a good reward for that.

Usually, the jobs with the highest pay are in a specialized segment of the trucking industry. These jobs require pricey, specialized equipment and professional skill from the driver. That’s where top incomes are gained.

Oftentimes these jobs have danger and risk involved. The high pay can attract drivers, but the risks will be a total turn off.

Let us look at the highest-paying jobs for truckers.

Work for a Big Company with a Private Fleet

You can work with a big company that owns a private fleet. Walmart, for example, offers one of the highest salaries in the U.S. As a company driver, you can earn $70,000 – $85,000 annually.

This is a perfect opportunity for drivers who don’t want to become an owner operator yet but want to gain some experience and good income. However, Walmart has strict requirements you must meet.

Ice Road Hauling

$20,000 – $75,000 for a few months is possible if you do ice road hauling. But remember that this job brings a lot of dangers and challenges.

Liquid and Tanker Hauling

Hauling fuel or any other hazardous liquid always brings good pay. But the liability is pretty high for that. 

Hazmat trucking jobs are paid much higher above the average driver income. Besides hauling dangerous product, the driver can be exposed to toxic fumes when piping the liquid out.

Oversized Loads Jobs

Oversized loads are not the one driver would haul through the year, unless they work for a specialized company. Money from the oversized loads are a part of the annual income, however, the money is super good. 

We have already made a post about oversized trucking here.

Car Hauling

Being a car hauler is a profitable business, especially if you haul rare or vintage cars. The liability is very high, but the paycheck is high as well.

We talked about becoming a car hauler here.

Mining Industry

Operating a giant dump truck can bring a great income. For example, some mining companies in Australia pay more than $100,000 annually.

Team Trucking Jobs

Team driving is one of the highest paying trucking jobs. Because of nonstop delivery, the wage of team drivers is more than satisfying. 

However, team driving is known for quick “burn out” of drivers and stressful schedule.

Owner Operator Jobs

Being an owner operator, you can earn a good living. Owner operators get thicker paychecks when they correctly doing their work.

The risk here is more responsibility for your business, taxes, and a truck.

If you are looking for owner operator job, Owner Operator Land can satisfy your needs. We cooperate with several trucking companies which would like to become your business partner and provide you with regular loads. Call us or fill in the form, and we will contact you asap.

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Author Mike Skliar

As the truck driver recruiting agency's CEO, I deeply understand the unique challenges and demands truck drivers face.

Drawing from my extensive work experience, I bring knowledge in truck driver recruitment, logistics, and transportation management. I possess a comprehensive understanding of industry regulations, safety standards, and best practices, ensuring that the agency adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and compliance.

Now, looking back and remembering my path from the very beginning, it seems to me that this story is a lifetime. During all these years of development and growth of our agency, I took part in no less interesting projects in which my experience, knowledge and vision were needed. And I was also able to gain new skills, contacts and experience by participating in the development of these projects from various fields, such as cargo transportation, trucking companies, e-commerce, parcel delivery and much more! But the best is yet to come!

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