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How to Score a Six-Figure Trucker Payday!

This is a bit of a meta-concept—The R&J Trucker Blog has a great bunch of recommendations for blogs by and for truckers you should be reading!
Written by Eric Titner

Whatever your reasons are for becoming a truck driver, it’s obvious what one of your goals is while working as one—to get paid! Every truck driver worth his steering wheel dreams of earning a monster paycheck while driving the open road.

Want a six-figure annual salary? Keep reading— helps you map out a route to your dream payday:


Truckers aren’t afraid to hustle, which often means working long hours and extra shifts whenever possible. Not only will this up your take-home pay, it’ll make you more valuable to your employer—a great bargaining chip to have when negotiating a pay raise.

Be Fearless

Take the jobs no one else will take—they pay more for a reason! Jobs that come with an added payload, namely danger, also come with more money. If you’re willing to haul cargo across treacherous icy roads or through dangerous, war-torn countries, you can put yourself in a position to make those six-figures.

Be a Boss

Buy your own rig, become an owner-operator, and you can expect to pull in over six figures. But don’t forget that as an owner you’re also responsible for all associated costs, like rig maintenance, which might eat into your bottom line.

Here’s the deal: Earning a six-figure salary as a trucker isn’t going to be easy, especially considering that the average salary is just about half of that ($49,000 in 2014). But where there’s a will, there’s a way!

The Road to Riches: How to Earn Six Figures in Truck Driving


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  • There is no question that a ton of peploe look down on truckers. For one, it would seem like anyone can do it. For two, a handful of drivers can do things that get a lot of public attention and make the rest look really bad like things they say on the CB, the way they drive, or the way they conduct themselves in public. Do you have to graduate from Harvard to be a truck driver? Of course not. But you need a skillset that most peploe simply do not have. You must live on the road, work insane hours, deal with all types of traffic, weather, and road conditions everyday, know all the rules and regs, navigate this great nation from one end to the other in a building on wheels , think and react very quickly, have great driving skills, be incredibly patient and tolerant, and live in basically a walk-in closet, amongst a ton of other things. There is so much to know if you want to be safe and reliable year in and year out. Anyone can go through the gears and get a rig rolling through Nebraska on an 80 degree day in July. But make a delivery in downtown Chicago at 8:00 a.m. on a 5 degree Monday morning in January on a sheet of ice in blinding snow and brutal traffic and you’ll see that there’s a lot to know and a it’s a tough lifestyle to live.

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