A new survey looks into the different attitudes and perceptions of male and female truck drivers towards their day-to-day lives within the trucking industry.

The survey results were released on February 13, 2023, by JW Surety Bonds.

Survey participants included 386 truck drivers. Sixty percent of the survey respondents were female, while the remaining 40% were male.

The survey showed that female truckers feel somewhat less safe than their male counterparts, but also that they feel less lonely and they have fewer regrets about entering the trucking industry than male truck drivers.

See key takeaways from the JW Surety Bonds survey below.

  • 68% of female truckers feel safe when working, compared to 78% of male truckers.
  • 92% of male truckers believe young people should get into trucking.
  • 92% of female truckers feel respected by fellow female truckers. 
  • 74% of male truckers feel respected by female truck drivers.
  • 92% of male truckers regret getting into trucking, compared to 66% of female truckers.
  • 79% of male truckers frequently feel lonely on the road, compared to 65% of female truckers. 
  • 59% of male truckers feel fairly paid, 26% feel underpaid, and 15% feel overpaid.
  • 52% of male truckers make under $50,000, 47% make $50,000-$100,000, and 1% make over $100,000.
  • Female truckers felt safest when they had a bat or club in their car (74% reported feeling safe), followed by pepper spray (72%). 
  • Pepper spray was also the most common self-defense item for male truckers (55%), followed by a bat or club (51%).
  • Only 8% of male truckers said they have never faced harassment on the job.

The infographics below provide additional information the the survey results.

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