North American countries like the USA and Canada are becoming a hub for immigrants around the world and even thousands of Indians settle down in these countries every year. Most of them reach these countries to look for jobs and make a living. Since these are developed countries and have a strong economy, all the legal jobs have decent pay including trucking. But how much do they really earn? There are a few Indians from these countries who are truck drivers and share their experiences of driving in foreign countries. Some of them even share the income that they make and that gives us a fair idea of how much do they make.
USA $200,000 to $225,000
Satnam Singh, who owns a truck in the Yuba City in northern California for years now. He explains his different experiences and how the trucking life is different in the USA compared to Punjab, India. He also says that many from Punjab come to the USA to get into the trucking line. Satnam says that he works for about 10 to 12 hours every day and there are a few days off. He earns about $200,000 to $225,000 each year that translates to about Rs 1.6 crore annually or about Rs 13 lakh monthly. Since he owns the truck, he decides when to work but then he has to spend a lot of the maintenance too.
Here is Vijay, a trucker who works in Canada. He is from British Columbia and is doing trucking for six years. Vijay says that it is a job and he does not own a truck. He works five days a week and there are job benefits like the employer providing 50% medical insurance to him. In the video, he talks about working in different situations and how difficult it can be to drive and control the truck in the sub-freezing temperature of -35 Celcius in the winters.
Vijay’s truck also has a bunk bed inside the truck so he takes rest during long journeys too. His truck has an 18-speed manual transmission that allows him to get out of the tricky situations but it sure is a lot of work too. He has a CB radio installed that he uses to ask the other truckers about the condition of the road ahead. In Canada, truckers are required to stop for 30 mins every four hours so that the fatigue does not set in. He earns about 66,000 CAD or about Rs 28 lakh by working 12 hours a day. While working long hours, he earns even more.
USA – $60,000
This trucker from the USA works in the Californi area. He also does not own the truck and drives it as a job. He shows the trailer of the truck in the video and it sure is lavish and luxurious compared to the standard Indian trucks. It gets all the modern features including bunk beds, storage place, air conditioner, and many more such things. They also have stoves to cook food in the truck. As per the video, he earns about 5,000 USD every month depending on his duty hours, which can be higher too. Manpreet also explains that it is much easier to work in the USA compared to India, especially because the cops do not stop them across the state borders and there is no corruption involved too.