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How much does a HGV driver earn?

What is a HGV driver and what do they do?

A HGV driver is someone who drives a large lorry or truck. They may be self-employed, own their own lorry or work for another company. The job of a HGV driver is to transport goods from one place to another, which might include driving long distances, or through different countries especially around Europe.

How much do HGV drivers earn in the UK, depending on their role and employment status?

There are many different types of HGV drivers in the UK, each with their own unique salary depending on their role and employment status. Some HGV drivers are self-employed, while others may own their own lorry or work for a company. No matter what type of HGV driver they are, however, all of them play an important role in keeping the UK economy moving.

Self-Employed HGV Drivers

Self-employed HGV drivers typically earn the most, as they are able to set their own rates and work as much or as little as they like. That said, self-employed HGV drivers also have the highest costs, as they need to cover their own vehicle maintenance, fuel and other expenses. HGV drivers who own their own lorry also have high costs, but they are typically able to earn a steadier wage as they are not beholden to the whims of self-employment. It’s also worth considering whether or not a self-employed HGV driver owns their own trailer to fill with goods or if they pick up trailers

Employed HGV Drivers

Those HGV drivers who work for another company are usually paid an hourly wage, with some receiving additional bonuses or commissions based on performance. These types of HGV drivers typically have the most job security, but their earnings potential is usually lower than that of self-employed or owner-operated drivers.

Overall, HGV drivers in the UK earn a wide range of salaries depending on their specific circumstances. However, all HGV drivers play an essential role in keeping the UK economy moving and deserve fair compensation for their hard work.

How much do HGV Drivers earn per journey in the UK?

The average wage for a HGV driver in the UK is between £13.50 per hour on the lower end and £25 per hour at the upper end, for more experienced Class 1 drivers. This may be higher or lower depending on whether the driver is self-employed, owns their own lorry, or is employed by another company.

One of the benefits of being a self-employed HGV driver is that you can choose your own hours and how many journeys you make. This means that you can earn more per hour if you are willing to work longer shifts.

Some HGV drivers are paid by the journey, which can be between a few hundred pounds to a thousand for international journeys.

What influences the wage of a HGV driver?

There are a range of different factors that influence the wage for a HGV driver, such as experience, or what the driver is transporting (such as chemicals or fragile goods).

Other factors that can influence the wage of a HGV driver are the areas that the driver is expected to drive. For example, the wage of a driver who makes all of their journeys within an 8-hour shift will be different to that of a driver who drives long journeys, into different countries over the space of 2 or 3 days.

How to become a HGV driver in the UK

If you want to become a HGV driver in the UK, then you should contact L&T transport. They will be able to provide you with all the information that you need about becoming a driver, such as the necessary qualifications and the training that is required.


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