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: $16.61/hr
Median: $19.11/hr
Experienced: $23.32/hr

Current Employment
4,424 (2017)

Projected Employment
4,630 (2028)

Growth for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload 94521.4%63.3%
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload 88320%58.5%
General Freight Trucking, Local 64414.6%60.4%
Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance 1483.4%47.1%
General Warehousing and Storage1282.9%4.2%

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.