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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 5,010149$28.20/hr$19.83/hr$23.69/hr$27.64/hr$31.19/hr$38.09/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining1,000$25.89/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities26,460$28.16/hr
Financial Activities200$28.93/hr
Professional and Business Services1,140$25.68/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services250$21.22/hr
Public Administration130$24.93/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 630$24.79/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 740$25.92/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 920$26.40/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,230$26.12/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,760$27.21/hr1.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,870$29.29/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 1,900$27.95/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,000$27.91/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,790$24.34/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,970$24.85/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,200$28.02/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,210$25.36/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,540$24.85/hr5.3%
Southeast Minnesota 3,640$26.56/hr4.3%
Southwest Minnesota 3,920$24.66/hr4.8%
Central Minnesota 5,010$27.64/hr4.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 16,540$29.75/hr4.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,680$29.73/hrN/A
Minnesota 35,590$28.11/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.