Truck Transportation: NAICS 484

About the Truck Transportation subsector

The truck transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Truck Transportation subsector provide over-the-road transportation of cargo using motor vehicles, such as trucks and tractor trailers. The subsector is subdivided into general freight trucking and specialized freight trucking. This distinction reflects differences in equipment used, type of load carried, scheduling, terminal, and other networking services. General freight transportation establishments handle a wide variety of general commodities, generally palletized, and transported in a container or van trailer. Specialized freight transportation is the transportation of cargo that, because of size, weight, shape, or other inherent characteristics require specialized equipment for transportation.

North American Industry Classification System

The truck transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • General Freight Trucking: NAICS 4841
  • Specialized Freight Trucking: NAICS 4842

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in truck transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018
Oct.
2018
Nov.
2018

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

1,484.0 1,488.7 (p)1,488.5 (p)1,493.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

1,321.1 1,320.6 (p)1,318.4  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2017

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

52,760

First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

 

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

107,370

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

870,170

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

41,390

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for truck transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in truck transportation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018
Oct.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$24.32 $24.43 $24.61 (p)$24.67

Average weekly hours

42.5 42.1 42.1 (p)41.7

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018
Oct.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$22.14 $22.26 $22.38 (p)$22.62

Average weekly hours

42.7 42.5 42.3 (p)41.9

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2017
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

20.50 21.06 42,630 43,800

First-line supervisors/managers of transportation and material-moving machine and vehicle operators

       

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

14.46 15.48 30,080 32,210

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

21.16 21.80 44,020 45,330

Truck drivers, light or delivery services

17.76 18.76 36,940 39,020

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in truck transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2013 2014 2015 2016

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

493 503 546 571

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2017

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

Total recordable cases

4.2

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.9

Cases involving days away from work

2.1

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018
Oct.
2018
Nov.
2018

Producer price index

(p)144.3 (p)144.8 (p)145.3 (p)146.7

Percent change from previous month

  (p)0.0% (p)0.3% (p)0.3% (p)1.0%

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in truck transportation.

Establishments

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3rd quarter
2017
4th quarter
2017
1st quarter
2018
2nd quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

128,599 129,228 (p)130,113 (p)131,948

Local government

1 1 (p)1 (p)1

State government

       

Federal government

2 2 (p)2 (p)2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: December 13, 2018