Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
1,556,510 0.6 % $19.40 $40,360 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.07 $14.86 $18.37 $22.86 $28.32
Annual Wage (2) $25,110 $30,910 $38,200 $47,540 $58,910


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)
General Freight Trucking 572,300 62.29 $20.04 $41,680
Specialized Freight Trucking 221,170 53.25 $19.19 $39,910
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 61,570 8.56 $21.35 $44,400
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 52,570 31.01 $17.82 $37,070
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 36,310 6.70 $17.94 $37,320

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 572,300 62.29 $20.04 $41,680
Specialized Freight Trucking 221,170 53.25 $19.19 $39,910
Support Activities for Road Transportation 32,870 38.46 $15.84 $32,960
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 52,570 31.01 $17.82 $37,070
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers 22,720 24.20 $19.66 $40,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing 220 0.17 $31.24 $64,970
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 90 0.29 $29.95 $62,300
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 27,390 5.73 $27.95 $58,140
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 590 0.12 $27.29 $56,770
Postal Service 4,920 0.78 $25.37 $52,780


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 144,900 13.70 1.15 $19.42 $40,400
California 122,660 8.58 0.72 $20.27 $42,160
Pennsylvania 70,980 12.68 1.06 $20.15 $41,920
Florida 65,410 8.99 0.75 $17.46 $36,310
Ohio 65,340 12.93 1.08 $19.10 $39,730




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)
North Dakota 13,690 33.94 2.84 $21.97 $45,700
Arkansas 33,060 28.63 2.40 $17.85 $37,130
Nebraska 25,890 28.30 2.37 $18.22 $37,900
Iowa 37,220 25.30 2.12 $18.89 $39,300
Wyoming 6,610 23.78 1.99 $21.89 $45,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 3,100 9.72 0.81 $24.65 $51,280
Massachusetts 20,720 6.47 0.54 $22.13 $46,020
North Dakota 13,690 33.94 2.84 $21.97 $45,700
Nevada 8,970 7.96 0.67 $21.91 $45,580
Wyoming 6,610 23.78 1.99 $21.89 $45,520





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-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 34,810 9.56 0.80 $23.96 $49,830
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 32,680 12.38 1.04 $23.03 $47,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 31,250 8.07 0.68 $19.95 $41,500
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 26,780 11.84 0.99 $20.19 $42,000
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 24,700 11.78 0.99 $19.86 $41,320
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,310 4.33 0.36 $21.85 $45,460
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 22,280 19.20 1.61 $21.45 $44,610
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 18,000 10.40 0.87 $21.03 $43,730
St. Louis, MO-IL 16,110 12.64 1.06 $20.41 $42,460
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 15,330 8.76 0.73 $21.97 $45,690