By Callie Krosin
Now is the time to become a snow plow driver. The Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, raised its hourly rate for plow drivers to $125, and is offering drivers a $250 signing bonus and $250 performance bonus if they respond to 90% of calls.
It is not the time to own a snow plow business, however. The insurance for some Massachusetts snow removal companies is about $100,000. In 2008, insurance coverage was $900 annually.
There are additional costs such as fuel and equipment. The profit is also never guaranteed as winters are generally unpredictable.
The statewide shortage of drivers forces towns such as Chelmsford to raise hourly wages and find new ways to recruit new drivers.