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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.87/hr
Median: $18.89/hr
Experienced: $22.71/hr

Current Employment
4,566 (2018)

Projected Employment
4,815 (2029)

Growth for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload 89719.6%60.4%
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload 80817.7%54.9%
General Freight Trucking, Local 58512.8%57.3%
Glass Product Manufacturing Made of Purchased Glass2796.1%14%
Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance 2064.5%54.1%

Occupational Skills

  • Check vehicles to ensure that mechanical, safety, and emergency equipment is in good working order.
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures for transporting dangerous goods.
  • Inspect loads to ensure that cargo is secure.
  • Maintain logs of working hours or of vehicle service or repair status, following applicable state and federal regulations.
  • Secure cargo for transport, using ropes, blocks, chain, binders, or covers.