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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
1,856,130 0.6 % $22.52 $46,850 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.01 $17.43 $21.76 $26.85 $32.13
Annual Wage (2) $29,130 $36,250 $45,260 $55,850 $66,840


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)
Truck Transportation 895,670 58.86 $22.79 $47,400
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 86,470 8.76 $23.71 $49,320
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 66,710 15.91 $21.53 $44,790
Warehousing and Storage 58,640 4.83 $23.57 $49,030
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 56,150 3.93 $21.16 $44,020

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 895,670 58.86 $22.79 $47,400
Support Activities for Road Transportation 47,290 44.94 $19.74 $41,070
Waste Collection 47,660 25.58 $21.70 $45,140
Logging 7,910 16.35 $20.25 $42,130
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 66,710 15.91 $21.53 $44,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,820 0.42 $34.88 $72,550
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 220 0.09 $31.17 $64,840
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 370 0.10 $30.15 $62,710
Scientific Research and Development Services 150 0.02 $29.74 $61,860
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 640 0.12 $29.28 $60,900


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 199,500 16.05 1.27 $22.09 $45,940
California 146,730 8.44 0.67 $23.29 $48,450
Florida 92,530 10.52 0.83 $20.53 $42,700
Pennsylvania 86,370 14.63 1.16 $23.11 $48,060
Ohio 77,150 14.16 1.12 $22.48 $46,760




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)
Arkansas 36,680 30.13 2.38 $21.28 $44,250
Nebraska 27,570 28.07 2.22 $21.90 $45,550
Wyoming 7,130 26.10 2.07 $25.29 $52,600
North Dakota 10,690 25.30 2.00 $25.96 $53,990
Iowa 38,900 25.11 1.99 $21.06 $43,800




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,570 8.09 0.64 $28.77 $59,840
North Dakota 10,690 25.30 2.00 $25.96 $53,990
New York 63,090 6.63 0.52 $25.58 $53,210
District of Columbia 640 0.88 0.07 $25.58 $53,200
Wyoming 7,130 26.10 2.07 $25.29 $52,600





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 69,680 7.22 0.57 $26.20 $54,500
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 60,900 16.65 1.32 $23.37 $48,600
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 55,400 11.85 0.94 $24.54 $51,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 46,160 7.40 0.59 $23.02 $47,890
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 41,960 13.75 1.09 $21.96 $45,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 36,960 13.47 1.07 $22.63 $47,060
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 29,670 10.32 0.82 $23.87 $49,640
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 27,490 13.88 1.10 $20.69 $43,030
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 25,300 16.44 1.30 $23.93 $49,770
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 24,730 9.36 0.74 $20.00 $41,590