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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,800,330 0.6 % $21.91 $45,570 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.54 $16.85 $21.00 $26.16 $31.38
Annual Wage (2) $28,160 $35,040 $43,680 $54,400 $65,260


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 880,710 59.63 $22.23 $46,230
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 80,780 8.23 $22.95 $47,730
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 68,770 16.51 $20.81 $43,280
Warehousing and Storage 57,140 4.99 $23.33 $48,530
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 53,340 3.81 $20.50 $42,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Truck Transportation 880,710 59.63 $22.23 $46,230
Support Activities for Road Transportation 45,290 44.42 $19.04 $39,600
Waste Collection 44,670 24.88 $21.14 $43,960
Logging 8,660 17.75 $19.64 $40,860
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 68,770 16.51 $20.81 $43,280

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,130 0.28 $32.73 $68,080
Telecommunications (8) (8) $31.64 $65,800
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 110 0.05 $30.98 $64,440
Other Pipeline Transportation 400 4.45 $30.14 $62,690
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 340 0.09 $30.05 $62,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 191,490 15.81 1.27 $21.76 $45,260
California 138,380 8.14 0.65 $22.74 $47,300
Florida 87,960 10.22 0.82 $20.20 $42,020
Pennsylvania 82,330 14.08 1.13 $22.43 $46,650
Ohio 74,090 13.68 1.10 $21.64 $45,010




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 34,700 28.67 2.30 $20.18 $41,980
Nebraska 26,360 26.95 2.17 $21.49 $44,710
North Dakota 10,560 25.35 2.04 $25.04 $52,080
Iowa 38,470 24.95 2.01 $21.07 $43,820
Wyoming 6,340 23.53 1.89 $24.13 $50,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,380 7.54 0.61 $27.71 $57,630
District of Columbia 530 0.75 0.06 $25.37 $52,760
North Dakota 10,560 25.35 2.04 $25.04 $52,080
Nevada 11,760 8.73 0.70 $24.48 $50,920
New York 62,360 6.64 0.53 $24.26 $50,460





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 67,740 7.13 0.57 $25.40 $52,830
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 58,680 16.45 1.32 $22.95 $47,740
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 52,370 11.28 0.91 $24.19 $50,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 41,840 6.84 0.55 $22.79 $47,400
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 38,610 12.95 1.04 $21.78 $45,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 36,510 13.61 1.09 $21.15 $43,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 27,240 9.56 0.77 $23.50 $48,880
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 25,040 16.77 1.35 $22.94 $47,710
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 24,730 12.54 1.01 $20.46 $42,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 24,470 9.45 0.76 $19.87 $41,340