Posted October 22nd, 2019

Are you thinking of starting a career as an ADR driver? Are you thinking how much can I earn as an ADR driver? Well, you’ve come to the right place, we will be discussing both of these questions in this article, speaking to you about your potential earnings as an ADR driver.

There is no simple answer to the question “how much can I earn as an ADR driver?” as there are many factors that can vary how much you will earn driving an ADR vehicle. The first varying factor is the level of ADR training that you have. There are a number of different ADR courses available, each one will train you on how to deal with different substances e.g. all classes compared to only being taught class 7 which would only give you knowledge on dealing with radioactive substances.

The average salary for a Tanker Driver in Southampton is around £33,072*

According to the popular job search site Indeed, the average salary for an ADR driver can range from “approximately £8.87 per hour for Van Driver to £14.41 per hour for Tanker Driver”**. This shows that depending on the size of the vehicle you’re driving, the amount you get paid can vary. 

Additionally, the type of load that you are carrying can also affect your earnings. This is because businesses often offer higher rates as an incentive if you will be delivering high-risk products.

For example, an experienced Class 2 ADR Tanker Driver could potentially earn upwards of £30,000 per year***

Finally, experience is key. A lot of HGV and ADR jobs could require some previous experience in this field before you can be considered for the job. The more experience you have, the more likely you’ll be considered for higher paying jobs. This is because experience, especially in a highly skilled job role as an ADR driver, shows to the companies that you know what you’re doing and again links to them being able to trust you to do the job more safely and efficiently.

Hopefully, this gave you an insight to what you can earn as an ADR driver, and that there are many varying factors that can affect your pay. Once you have achieved your ADR licence, you may want to think about getting a few years’ experience in order to potentially increase your earnings for the future. If you haven’t already achieved your ADR licence, we provide a number of ADR training courses, which can be viewed using the link below.

  • ADR Class 7 Placard
    ADR Class 7 – Radioactive only
    From: £350.00
  • ADR class 1 explosives product Placard
    ADR Class 1 – Explosives only
    From: £350.00
  • ADR Core, Packages & Tanks
    ADR Training – Core, Packages & tanks
    From: £700.00




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