Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location. Excludes "Logging Equipment Operators" (45-4022).


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)
496,570 0.9 % $15.43 $32,090 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.80 $11.78 $14.53 $18.12 $22.33
Annual Wage (2) $20,390 $24,500 $30,220 $37,680 $46,450


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)
Warehousing and Storage 74,800 11.03 $15.15 $31,520
Employment Services 40,830 1.31 $13.00 $27,040
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 34,760 3.39 $11.92 $24,790
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 23,850 3.31 $16.19 $33,680
General Freight Trucking 19,550 2.13 $16.75 $34,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warehousing and Storage 74,800 11.03 $15.15 $31,520
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 2,170 8.49 $17.40 $36,190
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,330 8.07 $28.86 $60,030
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 870 7.28 $18.19 $37,830
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing 10,690 6.39 $15.68 $32,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 7,330 8.07 $28.86 $60,030
Natural Gas Distribution 190 0.17 $26.40 $54,910
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 660 0.17 $24.13 $50,200
Metal Ore Mining 60 0.15 $23.73 $49,360
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 2,900 1.71 $22.72 $47,260


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)
California 55,150 3.86 1.01 $17.42 $36,240
Texas 37,660 3.56 0.93 $13.58 $28,240
Illinois 25,200 4.47 1.17 $14.51 $30,190
Indiana 24,150 8.59 2.25 $15.52 $32,270
Ohio 23,970 4.74 1.24 $15.18 $31,580




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)
Kentucky 15,350 8.70 2.28 $14.79 $30,760
Indiana 24,150 8.59 2.25 $15.52 $32,270
Arkansas 7,740 6.70 1.76 $13.28 $27,620
Tennessee 16,330 6.15 1.61 $14.36 $29,880
Georgia 22,980 6.02 1.58 $14.19 $29,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 180 0.28 0.07 $19.97 $41,530
Hawaii 900 1.54 0.40 $19.54 $40,640
North Dakota 1,150 2.84 0.75 $19.51 $40,590
Wyoming 950 3.42 0.90 $19.18 $39,890
Alaska 720 2.27 0.60 $18.82 $39,150





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 16,970 4.66 1.22 $14.35 $29,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,090 4.16 1.09 $19.48 $40,520
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 11,770 5.21 1.37 $14.46 $30,070
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,800 3.71 0.97 $13.83 $28,770
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 8,280 7.13 1.87 $15.60 $32,450
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 7,970 8.97 2.35 $15.14 $31,490
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 7,670 12.85 3.37 $14.69 $30,560
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 7,630 3.64 0.95 $14.01 $29,150
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,800 1.32 0.35 $17.63 $36,670
Columbus, OH 5,660 6.19 1.62 $14.50 $30,150