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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-3033 Light Truck Drivers

Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle. Excludes “Couriers and Messengers” (43-5021) and “Driver/Sales Workers” (53-3031).


National estimates for Light Truck Drivers
Industry profile for Light Truck Drivers
Geographic profile for Light Truck Drivers

National estimates for Light Truck Drivers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Light Truck Drivers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,010,040 0.7 % $ 20.50 $ 42,630 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Light Truck Drivers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.72 $ 14.59 $ 18.40 $ 23.46 $ 31.49
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,380 $ 30,350 $ 38,280 $ 48,790 $ 65,500


Industry profile for Light Truck Drivers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Light Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 309,410 33.37 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 91,430 56.27 $ 18.70 $ 38,900
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores 67,110 12.37 $ 12.44 $ 25,880
Truck Transportation 57,460 3.85 $ 21.73 $ 45,200
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 39,800 2.90 $ 19.12 $ 39,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Light Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 91,430 56.27 $ 18.70 $ 38,900
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 309,410 33.37 $ 26.67 $ 55,480
Florists 7,590 13.88 $ 13.16 $ 27,380
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores 67,110 12.37 $ 12.44 $ 25,880
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 28,760 8.47 $ 14.96 $ 31,110

Top paying industries for Light Truck Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $ 36.51 $ 75,940
Support Activities for Water Transportation 340 0.38 $ 31.80 $ 66,140
Telecommunications 90 0.01 $ 30.40 $ 63,230
Natural Gas Distribution 400 0.36 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 50 0.01 $ 28.54 $ 59,360


Geographic profile for Light Truck Drivers:

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



Map of employment of light truck drivers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Light Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 121,060 7.32 1.02 $ 22.28 $ 46,350
Texas 76,310 6.24 0.87 $ 20.19 $ 41,990
Florida 59,380 6.90 0.96 $ 18.84 $ 39,190
Illinois 57,470 10.23 1.43 $ 22.27 $ 46,320
New York 53,340 6.15 0.86 $ 21.31 $ 44,320


Map of location quotient of light truck drivers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Light Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 35,220 11.79 1.64 $ 20.09 $ 41,780
Illinois 57,470 10.23 1.43 $ 22.27 $ 46,320
Maryland 25,190 9.89 1.38 $ 22.01 $ 45,780
Louisiana 16,850 9.40 1.31 $ 17.52 $ 36,430
South Dakota 3,940 9.36 1.31 $ 18.96 $ 39,440


Map of annual mean wages of light truck drivers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Light Truck Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 1,520 5.15 0.72 $ 23.24 $ 48,340
New Jersey 22,970 5.97 0.83 $ 22.88 $ 47,590
District of Columbia 870 1.31 0.18 $ 22.52 $ 46,840
California 121,060 7.32 1.02 $ 22.28 $ 46,350
Illinois 57,470 10.23 1.43 $ 22.27 $ 46,320



Map of employment of light truck drivers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Light 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 51,360 5.92 0.83 $ 22.79 $ 47,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 44,570 7.79 1.09 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 40,680 9.61 1.34 $ 23.12 $ 48,090
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 25,150 7.01 0.98 $ 21.04 $ 43,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,740 7.63 1.06 $ 19.29 $ 40,120
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 19,720 7.43 1.04 $ 21.28 $ 44,250
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 18,730 6.46 0.90 $ 20.85 $ 43,380
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 18,070 7.37 1.03 $ 19.63 $ 40,820
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 16,940 6.55 0.91 $ 22.68 $ 47,160
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 16,490 7.36 1.03 $ 24.79 $ 51,560


Map of location quotient of light truck drivers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Light Truck Drivers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 2,370 24.15 3.37 $ 23.04 $ 47,920
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 11,710 19.36 2.70 $ 22.87 $ 47,560
Muskegon, MI 860 15.11 2.11 $ 15.44 $ 32,110
Ocala, FL 1,470 13.84 1.93 $ 17.96 $ 37,350
Bangor, ME 860 13.79 1.92 $ 18.65 $ 38,800
Rockford, IL 1,700 12.89 1.80 $ 21.35 $ 44,410
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 610 12.75 1.78 $ 20.66 $ 42,970
Lebanon, PA 610 12.46 1.74 (8) (8)
Decatur, IL 540 11.88 1.66 $ 22.81 $ 47,440
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 11,520 11.80 1.65 $ 19.40 $ 40,350