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
Southeast Minnesota 4,110517$23.60/hr$15.52/hr$18.57/hr$22.07/hr$28.18/hr$36.08/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and Mining980$26.56/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities25,700$23.81/hr
Financial Activities160$24.25/hr
Professional and Business Services1,760$23.98/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/A$21.91/hr
Public Administration90$22.83/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 700$21.98/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 750$21.45/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 810$26.17/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 1,420$22.23/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 1,690$27.04/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 1,870$24.13/hr-1.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 2,030$24.33/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 2,480$22.58/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 2,800$22.03/hr4.3%
Northwest Balance of State 2,810$22.21/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 2,970$21.97/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 3,130$23.82/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 3,230$21.51/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 4,070$21.85/hr6.5%
Southeast Minnesota 4,110$22.07/hr7.0%
Central Minnesota 5,470$23.58/hr15.8%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 15,600$25.16/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 19,020$25.07/hrN/A
Minnesota 35,150$23.84/hr6.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Light Truck Drivers 15,680$18.75/hr5.6%
Rail Yard Engineers, Donkey Operators, and Hostlers 60$23.43/hr6.7%
Locomotive Engineers 840$34.11/hr-16.2%
Subway and Streetcar Operators N/AN/AN/A
Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners 690$24.88/hr20.7%
Crane and Tower Operators 460$26.04/hr12.6%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 110$26.57/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.