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How Much Does A HGV Driver Make? 

A HGV driver is known for their trucks. Getting huge loads from one location to another. Naturally, if you are thinking of taking this up as a career you need to know how much you will make.

Personally, I wouldn’t suggest going into any job because of the money. You need to enjoy the job because no amount of money is going to make you happy if you are not enjoying what you spend most of your time in. Work!

How Much Does A HGV Driver Make? 
Different Types Of HGV Drivers

Firstly, we must define what a HGV driver is. There are 3 different categories. These normally do determine your pay grade.

7.5 tonne driver

This is the smallest type and is known as LGV (light goods vehicle). If you passed your driving test before.

Drivers who passed their car driving test before 1st January 1997 will have grandfather rights. They can therefore drive these vehicles for personal use. However if you want to do this professionally, you need to carry out the 35 hours of CPC training required.

Class 2 (Rigid vehicle)

This class of HGV driver is also known as class C. These are vehicles over 3.5 tonne and you can tow a triler weighing 750kg.

Class 1 (Articulated Lorry)

These vehicles are over 3.5 tonne and can tow a trailer over 750kg. Also known as C+E class.

Average Salary Of A HGV Driver

The average salary of a HGV driver across all categories is £34,595. Not bad considering the training is so short. Let’s see a breakdown according to the different classes.

7.5 tonne vehicle

Average hourly rate for a 7.5 tonne HGV driver is £11.78. Don’t forget a lot of people only need a CPC if they passed their car test before 1997. This equates to around £22,183 per annum.

Class 2 driver

The average hourly rate for a class 2 HGV driver is £14.70 per hour. Therefore this would equate to £35,644 per year.

Class 1 driver

Given the shortage of drivers the average at the moment is closer to the £40,000. However there are a few places especially in Willenhall who pay in excess of £50,000.


The average salary of a HGV driver is actually very high considering the training can be done in 2-4 weeks. Furthermore, it is even easier to become a HGV driver after the new rule changes on 15th November 2021.

You can now apply for a Class 1 provisional directly. This has made a lot of people want to apply. It will also affect salaries in the future.

It is better to get in early to lock in a yearly salary from early on.

All of these figures were taken from and

Good luck with your journey and in any case we wish you all the best from Simply Medicals.

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