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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
Northwest Minnesota 3,660106$27.69/hr$19.73/hr$23.41/hr$26.20/hr$31.17/hr$37.56/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining760$30.73/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities29,430$29.89/hr
Financial Activities170$29.66/hr
Professional and Business Services2,040$27.06/hr
Education and Health Services40$21.30/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services110$25.28/hr
Public Administration130$25.11/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 620$28.04/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 800$27.64/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 950$29.03/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,280$28.56/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,750$29.79/hr1.8%
St Cloud MN MSA 1,950$29.43/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 1,960$29.89/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,970$29.89/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 2,970$26.20/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 3,050$25.08/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,220$28.55/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,410$29.07/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 3,660$26.20/hr5.3%
Southeast Minnesota 3,840$29.25/hr4.3%
Southwest Minnesota 4,000$26.20/hr4.8%
Central Minnesota 5,460$29.30/hr4.1%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 18,870$30.79/hr4.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 22,190$30.71/hrN/A
Minnesota 39,390$29.89/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.