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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 2020, there were 929,470 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $19.74, and the average annual wage was $41,050.
In private industry for light truck drivers, there were 21,610 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 248.9.
|Case characteristic||Number of cases|
Nature of injury or illness
Sprains, strains, tears
All other natures
Part of body affected
Multiple body parts
Source of injury or illness
Worker motion or position
Floors, walkways, ground surfaces
All other sources
Event or exposure leading to injury or illness
Overexertion in lifting or lowering
Fall on same level
Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles
Struck by object or equipment
Fall to lower level
 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 work injuries totaled 53 for light truck drivers during 2020, compared to 79 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