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Occupation Snapshot | Light truck drivers, 2015-2019 | January 2021


Background

Light truck drivers operate vehicles, such as trucks or vans, with a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 26,000 pounds or less. These workers pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver them, and they may also load and unload the vehicle.

As of May 2019, there were 923,050 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $18.52 and the average annual wage was $38,520.

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses

In private industry for this occupation, there were 23,070 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 270.1.



Table 1. Number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work by selected case characteristics, light truck drivers, private industry, 2019
Case characteristic[1]Number of cases

Nature of injury or illness

Sprains, strains, tears

9,860

Soreness, pain

4,110

All other natures

3,060

Fractures

1,870

Bruises, contusions

1,830

Part of body affected

Back

4,920

Multiple body parts

2,480

Knee

2,060

Shoulder

2,050

Ankle

1,450

Source of injury or illness

Vehicles

6,330

Containers

5,260

Floors, walkways, ground surfaces

3,830

Worker motion or position

3,270

Parts and materials

1,650

Event or exposure leading to injury or illness

Fall on same level

3,670

Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles

3,490

Overexertion in lifting or lowering

3,000

Struck by object or equipment

1,690

Fall to lower level

1,470

[1] Data shown correspond to Nature, Part, Source, and Event codes based on the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System 2.01 developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Fatal occupational injuries

Fatal work injuries totaled 79 for light truck drivers during 2019, compared to 83 during 2018.


Sources

Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) 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 and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.

 

Last Modified Date: February 3, 2021