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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
Minnesota 36,460948$27.69/hr$19.17/hr$23.68/hr$25.18/hr$31.50/hr$38.91/hr
U S 1,903,4209,517$25.42/hr$15.51/hr$19.47/hr$24.40/hr$30.27/hr$36.73/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining990$30.01/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities26,820$25.12/hr
Financial Activities100$27.81/hr
Professional and Business Services1,160$24.80/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services320$23.56/hr
Public Administration90$23.99/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 680$24.40/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 740$24.50/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 1,000$24.56/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,250$24.92/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,790$25.06/hr1.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,820$25.06/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,070$29.15/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,420$24.99/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,870$24.34/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,870$24.10/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,210$25.07/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,210$24.23/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,270$24.41/hr5.3%
Southeast Minnesota 3,400$24.93/hr4.3%
Southwest Minnesota 3,780$24.25/hr4.8%
Central Minnesota 5,190$25.01/hr4.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 16,250$28.33/hr4.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,960$28.36/hrN/A
Minnesota 36,460$25.18/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.