Vroom, vroom, let’s check out the highest-paying countries for truck drivers.
Truck drivers are the unsung heroes of the working world. I hate driving and I avoid it at all costs, which is a primary reason I’m thankful I live in New York City because I don’t have to deal with driving and all the responsibilities that come with having a car that I hated. Truck drivers make me really nervous because they’re on the road for so long in a really large vehicle carrying a lot of cargo, so I’m proud of the ones who do their job effectively and efficiently. Whenever I was on the freeway and there was a truck also driving near me I would try to pass it to avoid it because the trucks scared me.
I think it’s important that people are paid fairly for the work they do, especially when it’s work that I would absolutely not be interested in or good at. I wouldn’t be a great truck driver by any means. All around the world there’s need for the transport of various types of cargo, so truck drivers can pretty much live anywhere that there’s a need. This means it’s a lucrative and great for expats. It’d be interesting to see if any of the countries on this list are also one of the highest-paying countries for expats. It’s not easy to move to another country for work, so you want to make sure when you go you’ll be granted a nice salary.
In order to create this list, we picked the top 20 countries with high average salaries. For this, we sought help from Investopedia, World Atlas, and Gazette Review. We then compared the average salaries of truck drivers in those countries and placed them in order. To get the salaries, we used PayScale and converted them to US dollars to make the comparisons easier to understand. The higher the average annual salary for the country, the higher it ranks on our list.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the highest-paying countries for truck drivers.
Annual average salary: $ 32,828
Sweden is home to two of the largest truck manufacturers in the world: Volvo and Scania. Naturally, the trucking scene is pretty busy here and a lot of money is to be made in the industry.
7. United Kingdom
Annual average salary: $ 33,758
The UK ranks fifth in the world in terms of economic power, and 7th in our list of highest-paying countries for truck drivers. Truck drivers are the backbone of internal economic logistics. The commercial haulage industry in the UK has seen better days, but it’s still a highly desirable field of work.
Annual average salary: $ 41,957
The logistics industry in France is far more developed than that of the UK, which is why there’s such a salary disparity between the two countries.
Annual average salary: $ 42,922
Australia has one of the largest mixed-market economies in the world. Because Australia is so big, the population centers are sparsely located around the coastline. A huge army of logistics workers is required to keep the economy up and running.
Annual average salary: $ 43,464
Netherlands is one of the richest countries in the world. Despite the small population, it’s managed to become the world’s 17th largest economy. The trucking industry is booming here, which is why it’s one of the highest-paying countries for truck drivers.
Annual average salary: $ 43,830
At the third place on our list of highest-paying countries for truck drivers we have Canada that is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Just like Australia, it’s so large and the population is sparsely located across the country; therefore, it needs robust logistics support.
2. United States
Annual average salary: $ 50,310
The US has a very large, well-paid fleet of truck drivers to help sustain the economy, which is why there’s a huge boost in salary between this country and the previous entries on this list.
Annual average salary: $ 56,064
The Norwegian economy has been growing since the industrial era and it shows no signs of slowing down, which is why truckers here are about $6,000 richer than in the US and make much more money than in other places.
That concludes our list of the highest-paying countries for truck drivers. If you’re a proud trucker looking for a new place to live and work, hopefully our list has helped guide you in the right direction.