Truckers don't get paid by the hour. Depending on the job, they may get paid by the load or the mile. By the mile is more typical in highway trucking, but ice road truckers probably get paid by the load. Also a factor in IRT is the actual route itself. While one driver on a "less hazardous" route may fetch $50,000 another trucker on a more dangerous route (like the Dalton, currently seen on Season 3 of History Channel's Ice Road Truckers) can net upwards of $120,000 for two to three months of hauling. On the other hand, the death toll on this "road" averages out to almost 1 death per mile of the "road".