Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light Or Delivery Services

Drive a truck or van with a capacity of under 26,000 GVW, primarily to deliver or pick up merchandise or to deliver packages within a specified area. May require use of automatic routing or location software. May load and unload truck. Exclude "Couriers and Messengers" (43-5021).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
977,920 1.0 % $12.65 $26,320 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.03 $8.75 $11.48 $15.57 $20.68
Annual Wage (2) $14,630 $18,200 $23,870 $32,390 $43,010

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Couriers 162,710 $18.00 $37,440 1 6
General freight trucking 53,180 $15.10 $31,410 2 17
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores 36,740 $8.16 $16,970 3 256
Building material and supplies dealers 34,660 $11.28 $23,470 4 173
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 34,200 $13.09 $27,230 5 56

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Wired telecommunications carriers 400 $20.58 $42,800 156 1
Federal government (OES designation) 3,130 $18.80 $39,110 61 2
Pipeline transportation of natural gas 50 $18.28 $38,020 246 3
Natural gas distribution 200 $18.23 $37,910 202 4
Power generation and supply 390 $18.19 $37,840 160 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Kentucky 16,790 $11.24 $23,380 0.977% 449
Virginia 32,030 $11.18 $23,260 0.946% 539
Georgia 34,010 $12.13 $25,230 0.899% 469
Pennsylvania 49,430 $12.20 $25,380 0.896% 536
Idaho 5,060 $11.47 $23,850 0.895% 380

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 21,610 $14.88 $30,940 0.675% 456
Illinois 45,740 $14.53 $30,210 0.789% 438
District of Columbia 1,630 $14.41 $29,970 0.274% 319
Maryland 21,560 $14.23 $29,600 0.887% 421
Alaska 1,930 $14.11 $29,340 0.673% 334

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Roanoke, VA MSA 2,620 $10.02 $20,830 1.884%
Yolo, CA PMSA 1,560 $16.54 $34,390 1.766%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 1,170 $11.40 $23,710 1.588%
Victoria, TX MSA 530 $11.44 $23,790 1.495%
Albany, GA MSA 810 $13.55 $28,180 1.454%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Iowa City, IA MSA 260 $16.96 $35,290 0.385%
Yolo, CA PMSA 1,560 $16.54 $34,390 1.766%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 2,290 $16.46 $34,240 1.011%
Brockton, MA PMSA 1,080 $16.38 $34,060 1.089%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 2,950 $15.70 $32,650 1.209%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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