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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers. Excludes "Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors" (53-7081).


National estimates for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Industry profile for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Geographic profile for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

National estimates for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,797,710 0.7 % $ 23.42 $ 48,710 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.74 $ 18.20 $ 22.66 $ 27.89 $ 33.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,660 $ 37,850 $ 47,130 $ 58,010 $ 69,480


Industry profile for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 848,030 57.65 $ 23.76 $ 49,420
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 83,120 8.77 $ 24.72 $ 51,420
Warehousing and Storage 70,190 4.95 $ 24.20 $ 50,330
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 64,010 15.96 $ 22.27 $ 46,310
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 53,970 3.93 $ 21.99 $ 45,740

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 848,030 57.65 $ 23.76 $ 49,420
Support Activities for Road Transportation 45,670 44.83 $ 20.61 $ 42,860
Waste Collection 47,810 25.52 $ 22.65 $ 47,120
Logging 7,770 16.26 $ 21.08 $ 43,850
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 64,010 15.96 $ 22.27 $ 46,310

Top paying industries for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,080 0.63 $ 31.57 $ 65,670
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 360 0.09 $ 31.56 $ 65,640
Other Pipeline Transportation 260 3.18 $ 31.12 $ 64,730
Spectator Sports 220 0.20 $ 30.40 $ 63,240
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 44,220 5.75 $ 29.71 $ 61,800


Geographic profile for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 195,850 16.18 1.25 $ 22.80 $ 47,430
California 143,150 8.71 0.67 $ 24.71 $ 51,400
Florida 86,790 10.28 0.80 $ 20.74 $ 43,140
Pennsylvania 81,010 14.70 1.14 $ 23.97 $ 49,850
Ohio 73,160 14.24 1.10 $ 23.01 $ 47,870




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 35,940 30.51 2.36 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Nebraska 27,160 28.81 2.23 $ 22.62 $ 47,050
Wyoming 7,210 27.55 2.13 $ 26.44 $ 54,990
Iowa 37,600 25.58 1.98 $ 21.79 $ 45,320
North Dakota 10,030 25.08 1.94 $ 26.23 $ 54,550




Top paying states for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,420 8.18 0.63 $ 28.70 $ 59,700
District of Columbia 730 1.06 0.08 $ 26.61 $ 55,360
New York 58,280 6.71 0.52 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Wyoming 7,210 27.55 2.13 $ 26.44 $ 54,990
North Dakota 10,030 25.08 1.94 $ 26.23 $ 54,550





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 64,360 7.29 0.56 $ 27.38 $ 56,960
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 58,650 16.34 1.26 $ 24.27 $ 50,480
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 53,560 12.28 0.95 $ 26.10 $ 54,280
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 44,490 14.99 1.16 $ 23.21 $ 48,280
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 42,720 7.34 0.57 $ 24.13 $ 50,180
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 38,410 14.59 1.13 $ 24.03 $ 49,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 28,370 10.52 0.81 $ 25.10 $ 52,210
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 26,210 17.59 1.36 $ 25.57 $ 53,190
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 24,970 14.03 1.09 $ 22.42 $ 46,640
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 20,830 9.88 0.76 $ 23.93 $ 49,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 4,980 50.11 3.88 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 11,820 47.80 3.70 $ 24.40 $ 50,740
Joplin, MO 3,520 46.15 3.57 $ 21.06 $ 43,810
Odessa, TX 3,400 46.15 3.57 $ 24.28 $ 50,500
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 3,610 46.08 3.57 $ 19.90 $ 41,400
Fort Smith, AR-OK 4,250 41.19 3.19 $ 23.26 $ 48,380
Cedar Rapids, IA 5,150 37.57 2.91 $ 18.16 $ 37,760
Laredo, TX 3,560 35.85 2.77 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Greeley, CO 3,730 35.72 2.76 $ 25.81 $ 53,680
Lincoln, NE 6,150 35.32 2.73 $ 26.01 $ 54,100