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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
1,903,420 0.5 % $ 24.20 $ 50,340 0.3 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.77 $ 18.54 $ 23.23 $ 28.82 $ 34.97
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,710 $ 38,570 $ 48,310 $ 59,950 $ 72,730


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 862,700 57.81 $ 25.11 $ 52,240
Warehousing and Storage 91,630 5.53 $ 22.48 $ 46,760
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 84,040 9.06 $ 26.03 $ 54,150
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 69,940 17.53 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 59,150 4.32 $ 22.52 $ 46,840

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 862,700 57.81 $ 25.11 $ 52,240
Support Activities for Road Transportation 50,230 47.42 $ 20.80 $ 43,260
Waste Collection 44,270 23.05 $ 22.96 $ 47,770
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 69,940 17.53 $ 22.98 $ 47,790
Logging 8,070 17.14 $ 22.30 $ 46,380

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

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 280 0.86 $ 31.97 $ 66,490
Support Activities for Water Transportation 3,890 4.33 $ 31.72 $ 65,980
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 330 0.09 $ 30.38 $ 63,190
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 58,120 6.27 $ 30.15 $ 62,720
Spectator Sports 260 0.22 $ 30.01 $ 62,420


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.



Map of employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers by state, May 2021


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 202,270 16.54 1.22 $ 23.15 $ 48,150
California 179,450 10.86 0.80 $ 25.06 $ 52,130
Florida 88,980 10.34 0.77 $ 21.62 $ 44,980
Pennsylvania 87,390 15.65 1.16 $ 23.69 $ 49,270
Ohio 86,200 16.57 1.23 $ 23.51 $ 48,900


Map of location quotient of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers by state, May 2021


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 32,560 27.34 2.02 $ 23.60 $ 49,090
Nebraska 25,740 26.86 1.99 $ 25.59 $ 53,230
Iowa 37,170 25.03 1.85 $ 24.16 $ 50,260
North Dakota 9,730 24.62 1.82 $ 26.41 $ 54,920
Wyoming 5,840 22.40 1.66 $ 25.72 $ 53,500


Map of annual mean wages of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers by state, May 2021


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)
Washington 34,510 10.77 0.80 $ 27.49 $ 57,190
District of Columbia 620 0.93 0.07 $ 27.18 $ 56,530
Alaska 3,020 10.22 0.76 $ 27.13 $ 56,440
New Jersey 44,800 11.64 0.86 $ 27.09 $ 56,340
New York 62,040 7.16 0.53 $ 26.63 $ 55,390



Map of employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers by area, May 2021


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 63,590 7.33 0.54 $ 28.17 $ 58,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 60,790 16.94 1.25 $ 24.39 $ 50,720
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 54,600 12.90 0.95 $ 27.33 $ 56,840
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 49,540 8.66 0.64 $ 24.61 $ 51,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 45,870 15.83 1.17 $ 23.73 $ 49,360
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 38,240 24.99 1.85 $ 24.78 $ 51,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 35,370 13.67 1.01 $ 25.00 $ 51,990
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 29,040 10.94 0.81 $ 25.63 $ 53,310
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 28,490 13.46 1.00 $ 24.44 $ 50,830
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 25,070 13.92 1.03 $ 24.51 $ 50,990


Map of location quotient of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers by area, May 2021


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)
Laredo, TX 4,970 51.17 3.79 $ 20.94 $ 43,560
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 10,770 44.06 3.26 $ 26.59 $ 55,300
Joplin, MO 3,010 39.17 2.90 $ 25.29 $ 52,600
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 3,220 38.45 2.85 $ 24.89 $ 51,770
Stockton-Lodi, CA 9,620 37.55 2.78 $ 25.42 $ 52,880
Midland, TX 3,480 36.59 2.71 $ 24.58 $ 51,120
Fort Smith, AR-OK 3,640 35.39 2.62 $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Odessa, TX 2,200 32.96 2.44 $ 25.49 $ 53,010
Lincoln, NE 5,580 32.80 2.43 $ 26.53 $ 55,180
Cedar Rapids, IA 4,370 32.07 2.37 $ 27.67 $ 57,550