Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer

Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,000 GVW, to transport and deliver goods, livestock, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form. May be required to unload truck. May require use of automated routing equipment. Requires commercial drivers' license.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
1,550,930 0.5 % $18.87 $39,260 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.85 $14.43 $18.14 $22.63 $27.39
Annual Wage (2) $24,640 $30,020 $37,730 $47,080 $56,970


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
General Freight Trucking 551,630 $19.72 $41,010
Specialized Freight Trucking 204,370 $18.69 $38,870
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 66,980 $20.47 $42,580
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 61,030 $17.51 $36,420
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 38,930 $17.71 $36,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal Service 5,370 $25.49 $53,020
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 300 $25.23 $52,470
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 770 $25.03 $52,070
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 25,820 $24.83 $51,640
Spectator Sports 400 $24.59 $51,150


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nebraska 27,210 $20.89 $43,450 29.683
Arkansas 30,900 $17.04 $35,450 26.924
Iowa 34,870 $18.01 $37,460 23.701
Wyoming 6,200 $18.86 $39,240 21.957
North Dakota 7,620 $18.39 $38,250 21.550

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 2,820 $23.79 $49,480 9.136
Nevada 9,420 $21.97 $45,700 7.988
New York 53,880 $21.16 $44,010 6.349
District of Columbia 560 $21.16 $44,010 0.877
Connecticut 12,010 $21.14 $43,960 7.285


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Joplin, MO 5,800 $22.47 $46,730 75.656
Fort Smith, AR-OK 5,080 $19.46 $40,480 43.234
Laredo, TX 3,390 $16.83 $35,010 38.967
Lincoln, NE 6,280 (8) (8) 38.746
Cedar Rapids, IA 5,240 $19.00 $39,520 38.352

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Fairbanks, AK 460 $25.82 $53,710 12.953
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 5,060 $25.20 $52,410 13.876
Danville, IL 610 $24.95 $51,890 21.630
Racine, WI 940 $24.02 $49,960 12.748
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 3,110 $23.49 $48,850 3.169


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010