The minimum hourly wage in France (SMIC) is 11.07 euros, as of 1 August 2022
In accordance with the National Collective Agreement of 3 February 2022 (extended) and decree of 29 July 2022 introducing an increase in the minimum wage, the gross hourly wage is 11.07 euros at present.
Below, you can find the minimum wage on 1st of August 2022 based on conventional wage scales in the transport sector.
Hourly wage for workers in the road transport of GOODS
|Group||Definition of driver’s coefficient||Coefficient||Hourly rate|
|3 bis||Driver of a vehicle weighing up to 3,5 T GVW||118M||11.O7 €|
|4||Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 3,5 T and up to and including 11 T GVW||120M||11.O7 €|
|5||Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 11 T and up to and including 19 T GVW||128M||11.O7 €|
|6||Driver of a heavy goods vehicle weighing more than 19 T GVW||138M||11.O7 €|
|7||Highly qualified driver of a heavy goods vehicle||150M||11.12 €|
Under the French collective agreement, drivers of lorries and articulated vehicles with a total mass exceeding 3,5 t, engaged in international transport are considered equivalent to group 7 with a coefficient of 150M. The minimum wage for these drivers should be 11, 12 € / gross / hour.
According to the national collective bargaining agreement for road transport, the hourly pay for workers in the road transport sector and auxiliary transport activities must be increased according to the years spent in the company:
+2%, +4%, +6% and +8% after respectively 2, 5, 10 and 15 years of service in the company.
Extra hours rates
|Extra hours paid + 25% *||Extra hours paid + 50% *|
|Long distance drivers – weekly hours||36h to 43h||More than 43h|
|Long distance drivers – monthly hours||152h to 186h||More than 186h|
|Short distance drivers – weekly hours||36h to 43h||More than 43h|
|Short distance drivers – monthly hours||152h to 186h||More than 186h|
* Extra hours increase when working hours exceed the statutory maximum number of working hours per week (35h for long distance drivers; 39h for short distance drivers).
- More than 3 hours: 25.65 € prime/day
- Less than 3 hours: 11.03 € prime/day
It is considered to be night work every hour worked between 9 pm and 6 am (according the Article 1 of the Agreement of November 14, 2001 on night work related to the National Collective Agreement for road transport).
Less than 50h worked between 9 pm and 6 am / month
Hourly rate + 20 %
More than 50h worked between 9 pm and 6 am / month
Hourly rate + 25 %
The detailed classification of posts by group, which makes it possible to determine to which coefficient an employee must be assigned during their posting to France, can be found on the Légifrance website at the following links:
– road freight transport: Agreement of 16 June 1961 on manual workers; nomenclature and definition of jobs – Annex I Article – Accord du 16 juin 1961 relatif aux ouvriers ; nomenclature et définition des emplois – annexe I – Légifrance (legifrance.gouv.fr)