If you’re considering a career as a truck driver, one of the biggest questions on your mind is probably “How much money do truck drivers make a year?”

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The short answer to that question is, “It depends.”

While truck driving does provide a great opportunity to earn competitive pay and benefits, there are many factors that will influence how much you will make as a truck driver.

No one is more important to our nation’s supply chain than truck drivers. Yet, historically, there have been massive pay disparities in the salaries and benefits available to those who chose to drive for a carrier and those who chose to drive independently.

With escalating perks for company drivers, the industry is asking: Is it better for a driver’s bottom line, and more importantly, their well-being to be an independent trucker or work for a mega-carrier?

Of course, the answer is subjective and based on individual needs and circumstances. However, it is important to understand that independent drivers commonly exceed company-backed and mega-carrier salaries as owner-operators, with the added–and substantial–lifestyle benefits of operating as one’s own boss.

While some of these perks from mega-carriers may sound tempting, there are meaningful trade-offs to consider, such as the inability to determine schedules and pick which types of freight to haul. As an independent operator, drivers can choose the type of freight they want to haul, the lanes they want to operate in and whether to do long-haul or short-haul loads. Drivers can also switch up their preferences whenever they want, manage their own schedules, and determine the benefits best suited to their own lifestyles. Most importantly, they decide when they get to be home.

VDV Royal also gives drivers the opportunity to lease a truck. That gives the aspiring entrepreneur the freedom to start his or her own business with no money down. VDV Royal offers a choice of state-of-the-art trucks equipped with advanced technologies to boost safety, including sensor tracs and lane deviation warning systems.

Contact us online or call our Recruiting Hotline at 224-254-4557 to speak to one of our recruiters. We’ll answer your questions and give you helpful information about how to start your own driving career with VDV Royal.