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: $15.17/hr
Median: $18.14/hr
Experienced: $21.82/hr

Current Employment
4,421 (2016)

Projected Employment
4,793 (2025)

Growth for Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload 92821.0%62.5%
General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload 90920.6%57.9%
General Freight Trucking, Local 62514.1%59.9%
Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance 1453.3%48.2%
Used Household and Office Goods Moving1433.2%48.5%

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.