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: $15.86/hr
Median: $20.25/hr
Experienced: $25.16/hr

Current Employment
4,656 (2019)

Projected Employment
4,815 (2030)

Growth for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload 93420%59.6%
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload 82617.7%54.1%
General Freight Trucking, Local 56612.2%56.9%
Glass Product Manufacturing Made of Purchased Glass2836.1%13%
Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance 2014.3%54.5%

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.