Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services

Drive a truck or van with a capacity of under 26,000 GVW, primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages within a specified area. May require use of automatic routing or location software. May load and unload truck. Exclude "Couriers and Messengers" (43-5021).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
834,780 0.7 % $14.96 $31,120 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.35 $10.29 $13.62 $18.29 $24.86
Annual Wage (2) $17,370 $21,410 $28,330 $38,040 $51,700


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 134,650 $22.01 $45,780
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores 39,460 $9.68 $20,140
General Freight Trucking 35,440 $17.27 $35,930
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 34,980 $14.82 $30,820
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 34,410 $13.36 $27,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 250 $24.45 $50,850
Postal Service 2,790 $24.45 $50,850
Motion Picture and Video Industries 400 $23.44 $48,760
Metal Ore Mining (8) $22.19 $46,160
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 134,650 $22.01 $45,780


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Montana 3,620 $13.28 $27,630 8.370
Wyoming 2,310 $14.56 $30,290 8.193
Louisiana 14,850 $13.55 $28,190 7.933
Georgia 30,330 $14.73 $30,640 7.800
Utah 8,830 $12.75 $26,520 7.450

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 1,530 $17.39 $36,170 4.962
Maryland 18,050 $17.22 $35,810 7.210
District of Columbia 1,720 $16.69 $34,710 2.701
New Jersey 24,380 $16.46 $34,230 6.332
Massachusetts 19,410 $16.38 $34,080 6.124


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Casper, WY 810 $14.83 $30,840 20.309
Altoona, PA 1,140 $13.74 $28,570 19.841
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 770 $14.29 $29,720 16.900
Dalton, GA 1,020 $13.88 $28,870 15.263
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 1,330 $15.55 $32,350 13.839

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Redding, CA 630 $21.73 $45,190 10.317
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 5,740 $19.97 $41,540 5.841
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 760 $19.54 $40,650 6.534
Dover, DE 340 $18.97 $39,450 5.692
Rochester-Dover, NH-ME 500 $18.61 $38,700 9.108


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010