Gender Pay Gap?Not for Women Truck Drivers
There are a few industries that are bucking the trend of wage inequality. Professional truck driving is one of them.
Women Truck Drivers Make Equal Pay
When it comes to the subject of wages in America, we have all heard the rumbles and complaints. From laborers to CEOs, there is a culture of wage inequality between men and women in America. According to Pew Research, while the wage gap has narrowed, it is by no means non-existent. Sources vary on exact percentages, but experts agree that women typically get paid between 80-84% of what their male counterparts can expect to earn in the exact same job based on the same levels of education. An up to 20 percent difference in pay between men and women 17 years into the 21st Century? It feels like we should be much further down the road to wage equality than we actually are. So this leaves us with a couple of questions: how can women take control of their careers to narrow the gap and what industries provide the best opportunities for women?
Studies have shown that women are typically safer drivers than men, a valuable asset in an industry that relies on timely, safe deliveries of goods to the American marketplace. The savvy and safe female driver can parlay a great safety record into higher earnings. Many trucking carriers award bonuses based on safety benchmarks such as accident-free miles driven. At Roadmaster Drivers School, we put a particular emphasis on safety training, both in the classroom and on the driving pad. It’s something that you may take for granted—being a safe driver—but it’s an essential skill for being a professional truck driver. It’s a skill that trucking companies are willing to pay their top performers for.