How Much Do Truck Drivers Earn in Canada?

This article outlines the typical truck driver salary or wage that a trucker earns in Canada, and discusses the job marketplace.

Money and job search

The immediate future is bright for truck drivers in Canada as there are currently more jobs than applicants to fill them. Truckers fill many roles in the nation’s economy. How you apply and qualify as a driver depends on the laws and procedures of your province.

What is the Salary of a Truck Driver in Canada?

The full-time earnings for truck drivers were between $35,000 and $50,000 in 2014, according to Living in Canada. The median hourly pay is $18. Pay varies widely based on the job and the experience that drivers bring into it.

The Glassdoor.com website posts an average truck driver salary in Canada of $46,880, based on a survey of 529 drivers.

How Do You Become a High Earning Driver?

The answer is that since income relates to experience, the longer you stay and accumulate the time the higher will be your expected earnings. Long distance drivers earn the highest incomes as much as $71,000 per year.

Regional variations can be quite large as some areas such as Alberta-based long haul drivers can make as much as $100,000 in a year.

The trucking business does have a turnover of people who come into the industry and give it a try. After some time they either decide they don’t like being out on the road or they move into other non-driving positions.

How Do Truck Drivers Earn?

Apart from monthly salaries and punching a time clock for an hourly wage, employers often pay by the kilometers you drive. Long distance truckers usually get paid per kilometer; the more kilometers you drive, the better you earn.

The mileage method of payment is arguably one of the issues that contribute to the driver shortage. Drivers who do take these jobs and self-employed truckers make more than the average for the industry. However, it comes at the cost of uncertainty, paying your business costs, and the hassle of bookkeeping. Pay by the kilometer means that delays, wait times and heavy traffic means lowered earnings.

The Canadian Trucking Job Marketplace

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Driving trucks commercially is a rewarding occupation with great responsibilities. When you are in charge of a vehicle that weighs tens of thousands of kilograms you need to be alert and physically fit at all times. You will go out on the open road but also navigate narrow streets safely, racing the clock, in search of final destinations.

Depending on the truck-driving career you choose you might work a daily delivery route or haul point-to-point between regional depots. If you enjoy the road and you can be away from home for days at a time you can haul freight across the continent as a long haul driver.

Are There Any Jobs for Truckers?

Thousands of trucker jobs go unfilled each year in Canada, and that number appears to be growing, according to The Globe & Mail. The average age of drivers climbs as fewer new drivers enter the industry and senior drivers retire. One of the reasons may be changing priorities of younger Canadians, who seek a different balance between personal life and work.

Additionally, as an important mode of transportation, trucking is connected directly to industries that have a demand for reliable and responsible people. Truck drivers also find opportunities that take them into higher paying careers in management.

Comments

  1. I am serching for a job as a truck driver , i live in spain and i alredy have about 14 years driving experience on trailers on the european roads i wish if someone could put me through or offer me an oportunity of a trucking job in canada

    • I’m original from Holland and started 10 years ago at Trans-X in Winnipeg, Manitoba, they provide you a work permit etc. its a pretty good company to work for, you need to be able to cross border between Canada-USA, so you need to have a clean criminal record, you also can try H&R in Lethbridge, Alberta (head office now in Calgery, AB)

      This 2 company’s recruit drivers from Europe, there is also Bison but won’t recommend them to work for.

      Good luck, it’s worth moving to Canada but the first 3 year can be hard, but when you final have you’re Permanent Resident card you can live and work where ever you want here 😉

      • Hey, do you know of any company of no long distance transportation that could recruit me, I’m from Spain, and provide me a work permit, etc…
        I have 1-2 years of experience on driving trucks, but not of long distance.

  2. The mileage method of payment is really a setback for most drivers. This becomes worse when you know that your route is usually slow and always having traffic delays. It’s just unfair that delays, wait times, and heavy traffic that would increase the time you’ll spend getting to your destination would not add to your earnings.

  3. I agree, thousands of trucker jobs go unfilled each year in Canada and it’s not helpful that they have a turnover of people who come into the industry and give it a try. Maybe when they review the salary, a lot of people would troop into the field to fill the role again.

  4. Newton Smith says:

    Yeah, income relates to experience and so people feel the longer you stay the higher your expected earnings will be. But there some passionate drivers who are very good at the job and still earn little. Maybe that is why a lot of people prefer long-distance routes because it earns them the highest incomes.

  5. Charlie Leo says:

    My granddad was a local truck driver and he was paid very high. He taught my dad would take over but he didn’t. Now I am beginning to like the career and I’m already thinking of going into it. Not really because of the salary though. I just love the road adventures.

  6. Joseph Kalando says:

    Hi there my name is Joseph, i am a young male age 24 years working as a long haul truck driver in zambia, i have 3years experience of double trailer and wish to work as a truck driver in canada need help

  7. Lemma sintayehu says:

    I Iame Lemma sintayehu I am ave truck driver. from Ethiopia awthe free entrusting this job to driving work Canada

  8. Temitope Monsuru adetunji says:

    Am temitope Monsuru adetunji
    From Nigeria
    Am a good experience truck driver
    With experience of 18yrs
    But I will like to continue my skills of driving in Canada/USA
    If I can invited from any good company there
    And I can assure. You my best services at all times

  9. Me and my husband are thinking into being a couple driving truck.
    We wanted to do driving within Canada, are there companies who would allow this?
    What is your thought on this?

  10. Muhammad siddiq says:

    Hi….
    I am muhammad siddiq.i am pakistani.
    Right know i am living in UAE.i have international driving licence form UAE.
    I want to work with u as a heavy truck driver.
    Who to apply in this companie.i have a experience as a heavy truck driver 8 years

  11. George Gondwe says:

    Hi there
    I am an international truck driver from Zambia. Am currently working for Southgate trucking, doing Zambia and South Africa route.
    How can I get a job in Canada? I really need to work in Canada as a truck driver.
    Please help…

  12. I am a Nigerian living in UAE love driving as a career, I have more than 10years experience in truck driver I will be happy if I can get opportunity in Canada

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