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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 5,850394$24.70/hr$18.39/hr$21.52/hr$24.17/hr$27.26/hr$32.67/hr
Northeast Minnesota 1,910314$26.68/hr$17.84/hr$21.95/hr$26.04/hr$31.88/hr$37.23/hr
Northwest Minnesota 3,570274$22.76/hr$16.03/hr$18.65/hr$22.37/hr$26.12/hr$31.83/hr
Southeast Minnesota 3,480443$26.51/hr$17.58/hr$21.02/hr$24.70/hr$32.78/hr$39.04/hr
Southwest Minnesota 3,980623$22.39/hr$13.07/hr$16.88/hr$21.89/hr$25.98/hr$33.82/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 15,770855$26.34/hr$18.76/hr$22.36/hr$25.77/hr$30.90/hr$36.19/hr
Minnesota 34,5401,278$25.26/hr$17.07/hr$21.19/hr$24.64/hr$29.79/hr$35.33/hr
U S 1,797,71012,584$24.11/hr$15.17/hr$18.73/hr$23.32/hr$28.71/hr$34.39/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining990$28.09/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities25,660$24.49/hr
Financial Activities110$23.85/hr
Professional and Business Services1,430$25.64/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services340$22.80/hr
Public Administration50$24.45/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 660$22.17/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 780$24.28/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 910$26.19/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,340$23.55/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,880$28.84/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,910$26.04/hr4.9%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,930$25.86/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,470$24.06/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,900$22.32/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 3,000$21.85/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,060$24.50/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,270$23.81/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 3,480$24.70/hr11.5%
Northwest Minnesota 3,570$22.37/hr6.5%
Southwest Minnesota 3,980$21.89/hr7.3%
Central Minnesota 5,850$24.17/hr7.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 15,770$25.77/hr4.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 18,620$25.63/hrN/A
Minnesota 34,540$24.64/hr4.1%

  • Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
  • Perform basic vehicle maintenance tasks, such as adding oil, fuel, or radiator fluid or performing minor repairs.
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Drive trucks with capacities greater than 3 tons, including tractor-trailer combinations, to transport and deliver products, livestock, or other materials.
  • Report vehicle defects, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicles.
  • Plan or adjust routes based on changing conditions, using computer equipment, global positioning systems (GPS) equipment, or other navigation devices, to minimize fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
  • Inventory and inspect goods to be moved to determine quantities and conditions.
  • Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
  • Follow special cargo-related procedures, such as checking refrigeration systems for frozen foods or providing food or water for livestock.
  • Operate equipment, such as truck cab computers, CB radios, phones, or global positioning systems (GPS) equipment to exchange necessary information with bases, supervisors, or other drivers.