Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
1,508,620 0.5 % $19.15 $39,830 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $14.67 $18.24 $22.66 $28.10
Annual Wage (2) $24,880 $30,500 $37,930 $47,130 $58,440


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 551,960 61.55 $19.83 $41,250
Specialized Freight Trucking 209,890 53.36 $18.87 $39,260
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 62,790 8.78 $21.10 $43,900
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 52,410 30.72 $17.50 $36,400
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 34,730 6.50 $17.71 $36,830

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 551,960 61.55 $19.83 $41,250
Specialized Freight Trucking 209,890 53.36 $18.87 $39,260
Support Activities for Road Transportation 32,460 38.74 $15.77 $32,810
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 52,410 30.72 $17.50 $36,400
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 21,820 23.70 $18.98 $39,480

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 25,990 5.44 $27.32 $56,830
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 550 0.12 $27.09 $56,350
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 140 0.45 $26.62 $55,360
Postal Service 4,670 0.72 $26.14 $54,380
Spectator Sports 320 0.25 $25.86 $53,790


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 136,060 13.20 1.12 $17.89 $37,220
California 116,070 8.27 0.70 $20.19 $41,990
Pennsylvania 68,500 12.34 1.05 $20.15 $41,920
Illinois 64,580 11.59 0.99 $21.15 $43,990
Florida 63,330 8.85 0.75 $17.48 $36,360




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 26,230 28.99 2.47 $19.65 $40,880
Arkansas 30,700 26.94 2.29 $18.33 $38,130
North Dakota 9,520 25.61 2.18 $20.82 $43,300
Iowa 35,620 24.58 2.09 $18.13 $37,720
Wyoming 6,150 22.56 1.92 $20.80 $43,270




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,090 9.86 0.84 $24.06 $50,050
Nevada 8,700 7.82 0.66 $21.95 $45,650
District of Columbia 580 0.90 0.08 $21.77 $45,290
Massachusetts 21,050 6.67 0.57 $21.75 $45,240
New York 48,990 5.81 0.49 $21.29 $44,280





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 35,760 9.98 0.85 $23.08 $48,000
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 29,330 11.49 0.98 $18.15 $37,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 27,810 7.27 0.62 $20.25 $42,120
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 26,320 11.81 1.00 $19.76 $41,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 26,170 12.80 1.09 $19.42 $40,400
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 21,690 4.28 0.36 $22.42 $46,630
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 21,000 18.39 1.56 $20.95 $43,570
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 16,930 9.97 0.85 $20.92 $43,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 15,360 8.97 0.76 $21.15 $44,000
St. Louis, MO-IL 15,140 11.93 1.01 $20.19 $42,000