Story of Kenyan earning Ksh700K per month driving trucks in the US

Story of Kenyan earning Ksh700K per month driving trucks in the US

The American transportation system is dominated by monster trucks that traverse the 50 states and deliver various goods.

However, little is known about how lucrative the venture is, with some drivers behind the wheel taking home Ksh700,000 a month.

This is the story of Samuel Mulwa who ventured into truck driving in the USA in 2020.

The Kenyan who lives in the US revealed that he got into trucking thanks to his friend who had worked in the industry for six years.

Samuel Mulwa inspects his truck in a US parking lot.


He stated that he started working in the US medical field before deciding to quit to join a trucking school following his friend’s advice about the money-mining transportation industry.

“I went to a trucking school and followed a five-week program. I paid Ksh 447,000 and was trained in the basics of the program,” he stated.

Mulwa added that when taking a test, he had to work with a trainer for a few weeks to help him with some basics of driving the truck and techniques not taught in school.

Despite the high fee charged, the truck driver indicated that his investment paid off as he earned an average of Ksh 180,000 per week in his first year.

“The pay is dependent on experience. It’s definitely well worth it. If you drive five days a week and you get on average Ksh178,000 and after tax it will be about Ksh155,000.

However, he noted that his pay had increased after being in the industry for two years.

Nevertheless, he revealed that cargo transportation was not easy as many think, highlighting the challenges of maneuvering the monster vehicles.

“It was scary because reversing is very difficult. On the highway you just have to look in the side mirrors.

“Not everyone can ride, but it’s very rewarding. One of the biggest challenges is the weather. The wind can be crazy here at times,” he said.

For UKTN looking to join the trucking industry in the US, Mulwa advised UKTN not to go for the money but to follow their passion given the high demands placed on the job.

“You have to love what you do because it’s worth it. Don’t focus on money. You can imagine driving 5000 kilometers,” he said.

He also advised UKTN to have the appropriate documentation required during the registration process, such as a work visa and identification card.

An image of trucks in the US.