Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators



Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location. Excludes “Logging Equipment Operators" (45-4022).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Northwest Minnesota 84085$20.59/hr$14.68/hr$16.61/hr$18.92/hr$23.98/hr$28.66/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Construction360$32.42/hr
Manufacturing3,220$20.87/hr
Trade, Transportation and Utilities4,170$21.56/hr
InformationN/AN/A
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services600$19.23/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Other Services20$18.24/hr
Public Administration20$22.74/hr
 
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State 60$18.64/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 120$19.77/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 180$22.44/hr-14.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 230$21.75/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 260$21.51/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 270$15.34/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 270$22.62/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 470$18.34/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 620$21.71/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 670$18.86/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 700$19.59/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 790$21.54/hr12.8%
Northwest Minnesota 840$18.92/hr10.5%
Southeast Balance of State 900$20.75/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 980$20.76/hr16.7%
Central Minnesota 1,300$20.10/hr4.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 4,590$21.77/hr6.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 5,130$21.45/hrN/A
Minnesota 8,430$21.15/hr7.5%


Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 45,070$16.96/hr5.5%
Helpers--Extraction Workers 50$20.98/hr21.3%
Tree Trimmers and Pruners 530$26.91/hrN/A
Helpers--Production Workers 7,420$14.62/hr14.8%
Crane and Tower Operators 460$26.04/hr12.6%
Fence Erectors 290$19.25/hr11.6%
Light Truck Drivers 15,680$18.75/hr5.6%
Hoist and Winch Operators 110$44.97/hr-1.6%
Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators 840$28.91/hr5.1%
Rail Yard Engineers, Donkey Operators, and Hostlers 60$23.43/hr6.7%


  • Perform routine maintenance on vehicles or auxiliary equipment, such as cleaning, lubricating, recharging batteries, fueling, or replacing liquefied-gas tank.
  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
  • Inspect product load for accuracy and safely move it around the warehouse or facility to ensure timely and complete delivery.
  • Manually or mechanically load or unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
  • Move levers or controls that operate lifting devices, such as forklifts, lift beams with swivel-hooks, hoists, or elevating platforms, to load, unload, transport, or stack material.
  • Position lifting devices under, over, or around loaded pallets, skids, or boxes and secure material or products for transport to designated areas.
  • Weigh materials or products and record weight or other production data on tags or labels.