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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 3,130223$21.80/hr$16.40/hr$18.09/hr$20.87/hr$24.88/hr$29.51/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining920$21.22/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities25,180$23.58/hr
Financial Activities140$24.02/hr
Professional and Business Services2,030$23.35/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services120$19.18/hr
Public Administration90$23.95/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 760$20.57/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 770$25.80/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 810$21.55/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,380$22.68/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,500$22.90/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,720$22.20/hr-1.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,760$22.96/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,180$21.88/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,930$20.79/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 3,030$21.46/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,110$22.61/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,130$20.87/hr4.3%
Southeast Balance of State 3,150$20.71/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 3,720$21.40/hr7.0%
Southwest Minnesota 4,450$21.30/hr6.5%
Central Minnesota 5,250$23.28/hr15.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 15,830$25.17/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,180$24.95/hrN/A
Minnesota 34,860$23.42/hr6.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 16,070$18.68/hr5.6%
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers 70$25.13/hrN/A
Locomotive Firers N/AN/AN/A
Locomotive Engineers 890$30.70/hr-16.2%
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators N/A$35.89/hrN/A
Subway and Streetcar Operators N/AN/AN/A
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 540$21.23/hr20.7%
Crane and Tower Operators 480$24.18/hr12.6%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 110$26.47/hrN/A

  • 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.
  • Collect delivery instructions from appropriate sources, verifying instructions and routes.
  • 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.
  • Read and interpret maps to determine vehicle routes.
  • Check all load-related documentation for completeness and accuracy.