Occupation Snapshot | Light truck drivers, 2015-2019 | January 2021
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.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 79 for light truck drivers during 2019, compared to 83 during 2018.
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