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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 5,670164$27.80/hr$19.65/hr$24.29/hr$25.70/hr$31.35/hr$39.26/hr
Northeast Minnesota 1,90093$28.69/hr$19.74/hr$24.15/hr$25.65/hr$32.54/hr$40.65/hr
Northwest Minnesota 3,450107$26.24/hr$19.38/hr$23.14/hr$24.96/hr$30.76/hr$35.39/hr
Southeast Minnesota 3,610129$28.49/hr$19.27/hr$24.15/hr$25.56/hr$32.40/hr$39.91/hr
Southwest Minnesota 4,050130$25.76/hr$18.14/hr$20.11/hr$24.83/hr$30.37/hr$37.71/hr
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 16,700306$29.75/hr$20.30/hr$25.26/hr$29.22/hr$32.68/hr$40.69/hr
Minnesota 36,460948$28.39/hr$19.66/hr$24.29/hr$25.82/hr$32.30/hr$39.91/hr
U S 1,903,4209,517$26.07/hr$15.91/hr$19.97/hr$25.02/hr$31.04/hr$37.67/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining1,080$26.13/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities26,990$25.77/hr
Financial Activities90$28.29/hr
Professional and Business Services1,200$25.35/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services330$24.15/hr
Public Administration100$24.32/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 680$25.02/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 740$25.13/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,000$25.18/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,250$25.56/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,820$25.71/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,900$25.65/hr1.8%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,070$29.89/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,420$25.62/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,870$24.96/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,870$24.72/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,210$25.71/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,210$24.85/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,450$24.96/hr5.3%
Southeast Minnesota 3,610$25.56/hr4.3%
Southwest Minnesota 4,050$24.83/hr4.8%
Central Minnesota 5,670$25.70/hr4.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 16,700$29.22/hr4.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,960$29.08/hrN/A
Minnesota 36,460$25.82/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.