Did I understand correctly that an Ice Road Trucker can make upwards of $15,000 to $30,000 dollars in 60 days? Was this amount for the truck or was it the amount that the actual “company” driver made in that amount of time? For the type of hazard and driving conditions, that amounts to about $500 dollars per day. I am sure the truck makes much more money than that on an average day. I wonder if anyone crazy enough to actually look into a job like this ever took the time to add up the costs of actually working in the Yukon. I would think that the first thing a potential driver would look at is the cost to the family and friends of that driver. Would their family and friends be able to agonize over not knowing if they’d ever see their loved ones again? The second consideration is the tax liability. As one would guess, you are quickly elevated into a much higher tax bracket. Let me see, what is Canada’s tax rate? What do they tax a driver from the states? When that driver returns to the states, does the US take a bite? I am guessing the tax rate on that type of salary is probably in the neighborhood of 40%. What is the cost of traveling to the job? I am sure Southwest or Alaska don’t have too many direct flights to that part of the world! I am guessing it would cost a US driver around, lets say, $3000 dollars to get to that area. After taxes, travel expenses, new winter clothes and a variety of other winter survival gear, the glamor of high pay quickly diminishes.
For several months, I have posted, talked about and pleaded with drivers to apply with the company I work for. I have received, at the very most, two responses to my postings. Who could turn down a $50,000 dollar a year job to start? Home every weekend and a couple nights during the week? Brand new equipment and a boss that acts more like your friend than an actual trucking boss? I am astonished some professional drivers would rather risk their lives, family and friends for a few bucks more than a down to earth job here in the states. That’s ok though! If we can’t hire more drivers, it just makes my work schedule a lot more hectic and keeps those extra dollars rolling in!
PS…….. For those of you searching, the Yukon is NOT in Alaska! The Yukon is a Northern Territory of Canada. 🙂