Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
1,748,140 0.6 % $21.39 $44,500 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.22 $16.45 $20.42 $25.50 $30.77
Annual Wage (2) $27,510 $34,210 $42,480 $53,030 $64,000


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 870,170 60.10 $21.80 $45,330
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 79,180 8.37 $22.31 $46,400
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 66,570 16.27 $20.07 $41,750
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 48,520 3.66 $19.83 $41,250
Warehousing and Storage 48,500 4.82 $22.88 $47,580

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 870,170 60.10 $21.80 $45,330
Support Activities for Road Transportation 41,920 41.76 $18.37 $38,210
Waste Collection 40,780 23.64 $20.50 $42,650
Logging 8,760 17.78 $18.93 $39,380
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 66,570 16.27 $20.07 $41,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 40 0.08 $30.49 $63,410
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,360 0.32 $30.11 $62,640
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 29,880 5.02 $28.68 $59,660
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 290 0.07 $28.60 $59,490
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 130 0.06 $28.51 $59,310


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 182,370 15.34 1.25 $21.28 $44,260
California 137,930 8.26 0.67 $21.90 $45,560
Florida 85,390 10.14 0.83 $19.78 $41,150
Pennsylvania 80,810 13.98 1.14 $22.19 $46,150
Ohio 74,310 13.84 1.13 $21.15 $43,990




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)
Nebraska 26,540 27.36 2.23 $20.96 $43,590
Arkansas 32,640 27.20 2.22 $19.53 $40,620
North Dakota 11,000 26.39 2.15 $25.49 $53,020
Iowa 38,110 24.82 2.02 $20.46 $42,570
Wyoming 5,910 22.05 1.80 $23.76 $49,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,640 8.30 0.68 $27.04 $56,250
North Dakota 11,000 26.39 2.15 $25.49 $53,020
Massachusetts 25,790 7.31 0.60 $24.32 $50,580
Nevada 11,630 8.88 0.72 $24.25 $50,440
District of Columbia 510 0.72 0.06 $24.16 $50,250



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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)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 41,230 11.26 0.92 $23.91 $49,730
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 40,320 6.02 0.49 $24.54 $51,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 39,440 13.46 1.10 $20.84 $43,350
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 37,390 15.01 1.22 $22.55 $46,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 34,800 7.85 0.64 $21.91 $45,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 31,830 12.15 0.99 $20.85 $43,370
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 25,290 17.62 1.44 $22.96 $47,750
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 19,120 9.90 0.81 $24.10 $50,140
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 18,160 17.64 1.44 $22.61 $47,030
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 17,520 17.63 1.44 $23.05 $47,940