Ice Roads, Jobs and the Almighty Dollar

I recently did some research on who was visiting my site and what they were searching for. It amazes me that almost 75% of the visitors to the Trucking Blog were searching for such topic as “How much money does an Ice Road Trucker make?”. Most of the searches were targeted at the show. It seems as if the “glamorization” of trucking and trucking on a bed of ice has gotten to the head of many well meaning, fellow truck drivers.

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. 🙂

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5 comments

  1. Hey Dude, thanks for the info. on ice trucking you posted in the trucking blog. I’m just a fella entertaining a career change. It looks like I’ll be a truck driver by default. Can you advise me on what outfit you work for and how I can get started? I have a valid class A CDL w/ all endorsements but no OTR experience.

  2. hi out there everybody, i need some help please, have been asked to do this for my partner, (mark) he has been driving for 28 years, all over europe, down the gulff, sadia, easten europe before the wall went down, hes done a lot, we live in England, and he is very interested in ice road trucking, we understand that a working visa shall be requied etc, but how do we go about getting into ice road trucking etc for jobs, plus do there take drives from England? we need all the help we can get please, HELP HELP, you can contact us on sky1957@aol.com, thankyou

  3. If you like Ice Road Truckers, you should check out Deadliest Catch. If you haven’t seen it before, Deadliest Catch follows the now legendary captains and their crews as they endure the brutal Bering Sea doing one of the deadliest jobs in the world – Alaskan Crab Fishing. In tomorrow night’s all-new episode, the Cornelia Marie heads to land for repairs while Greenhorn Moi locks horns with Capt. Keith on The Wizard! New episodes premiere every Tuesday night at 9PM on the Discovery Channel. http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/deadliestcatch/deadliestcatch.html

  4. If you like Ice Road Truckers, you should check out Deadliest Catch. If you haven’t seen it before, Deadliest Catch follows the now legendary captains and their crews as they endure the brutal Bering Sea doing one of the deadliest jobs in the world – Alaskan Crab Fishing. Don’t miss the season finale of Deadliest Catch as the captains race to catch the last of their remaining quotas while battling ice and equipment issues. Also, Time Bandit’s Scottie makes a near fatal mistake working the hydraulic system. The wildest, hardest, and roughest season ever is about to come to a close– and you don’t want to miss a minute! The Deadliest Catch season finale airs Tuesday night at 9PM on the Discovery Channel. http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/deadliestcatch/deadliestcatch.html

  5. I am new to your blog and am interested in what company you are working for and talking about listed above.

    “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? ”
    Thanks, Ron
    vpuckett11@bresnan.net

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