Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
1,466,740 0.6 % $18.97 $39,450 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.89 $14.55 $18.16 $22.56 $27.64
Annual Wage (2) $24,730 $30,270 $37,770 $46,920 $57,480


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 524,030 60.62 $19.76 $41,100
Specialized Freight Trucking 196,910 51.89 $18.60 $38,690
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 64,400 9.04 $20.93 $43,530
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 54,750 30.57 $17.36 $36,110
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 35,850 6.68 $17.67 $36,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 524,030 60.62 $19.76 $41,100
Specialized Freight Trucking 196,910 51.89 $18.60 $38,690
Support Activities for Road Transportation 32,060 40.03 $15.69 $32,630
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 54,750 30.57 $17.36 $36,110
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 22,890 24.32 $19.10 $39,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 4,880 0.73 $25.98 $54,040
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 26,600 5.54 $25.92 $53,900
Spectator Sports 360 0.28 $24.77 $51,530
Household Appliance Manufacturing 40 0.07 $24.48 $50,920
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 540 0.11 $24.38 $50,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 124,560 12.35 1.07 $17.86 $37,150
California 115,640 8.26 0.72 $20.03 $41,660
Pennsylvania 65,670 11.98 1.04 $19.88 $41,360
Florida 63,670 8.96 0.78 $17.34 $36,070
Ohio 61,550 12.51 1.08 $19.18 $39,890




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nebraska 25,880 28.70 2.49 $19.52 $40,600
Arkansas 29,120 25.64 2.22 $17.94 $37,320
Iowa 33,200 23.08 2.00 $17.40 $36,180
North Dakota 7,520 21.14 1.83 $19.37 $40,290
Tennessee 54,050 21.04 1.82 $17.98 $37,390




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,260 10.58 0.92 $23.20 $48,250
Nevada 8,550 7.68 0.67 $22.34 $46,470
New Jersey 39,130 10.38 0.90 $21.09 $43,860
Massachusetts 21,730 6.97 0.60 $21.00 $43,670
New York 50,320 6.03 0.52 $20.86 $43,380

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 32,860 9.28 0.80 $21.83 $45,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,470 7.20 0.62 $19.41 $40,380
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 26,860 10.75 0.93 $18.22 $37,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 24,240 11.02 0.96 $19.86 $41,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 24,040 12.01 1.04 $19.27 $40,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,600 4.54 0.39 $22.17 $46,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 20,550 18.01 1.56 $20.87 $43,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 15,460 9.21 0.80 $20.67 $43,000
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 15,440 9.17 0.80 $19.99 $41,580
St. Louis, MO-IL 14,670 11.67 1.01 $19.70 $40,970




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Joplin, MO 5,190 69.94 6.06 $22.60 $47,010
Fort Smith, AR-OK 5,070 44.05 3.82 $21.61 $44,940
Chattanooga, TN-GA 9,170 41.73 3.62 $15.49 $32,210
Morristown, TN 1,640 38.20 3.31 $21.09 $43,870
Cedar Rapids, IA 4,960 36.54 3.17 $16.37 $34,060
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 6,030 31.32 2.71 $17.66 $36,740
Laredo, TX 2,650 31.28 2.71 $15.48 $32,200
Texarkana-Texarkana, TX-AR 1,640 31.22 2.71 $18.16 $37,760
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 13,480 30.36 2.63 $21.99 $45,740
Lebanon, PA 1,310 28.41 2.46 $16.69 $34,720