Occupation Snapshot | Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, 2016-2020 | January 2022
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a total weight exceeding 26,000 pounds for the vehicle, passengers, and cargo. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes that sometimes span several states.
As of May 2020, there were 1,797,710 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $23.42, and the average annual wage was $48,710.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, there were 43,500 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 259.7.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 766 for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers during 2020, compared to 843 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022