|Quick Facts: Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers|
$48,310 per year
$23.23 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|4% (As fast as average)|
What Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers Do
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another.
Working as a long-haul truck driver is a lifestyle choice because these drivers can be away from home for days or weeks at a time.
How to Become a Heavy or Tractor-trailer Truck Driver
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck driving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
The median annual wage for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $48,310 in May 2021.
Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 259,900 openings for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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