Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers

Drive truck or other vehicle over established routes or within an established territory and sell goods, such as food products, including restaurant take-out items, or pick up and deliver items, such as laundry. May also take orders and collect payments. Include newspaper delivery drivers. Exclude "Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services" (53-3033) and "Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers" (49-9091).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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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)
380,120 2.0 % $11.38 $23,660 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.02 $6.99 $9.79 $14.61 $19.63
Annual Wage (2) $12,520 $14,540 $20,370 $30,390 $40,830

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
Limited-service eating places 108,150 $7.40 $15,400 1 107
Full-service restaurants 19,640 $6.81 $14,160 2 110
Drycleaning and laundry services 16,550 $14.86 $30,920 3 14
Specialty food stores 13,580 $15.14 $31,490 4 12
Direct selling establishments 10,520 $13.71 $28,520 5 30

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Warehousing and storage 3,740 $16.78 $34,900 16 1
Dairy product manufacturing 4,130 $16.75 $34,850 15 2
Beverage manufacturing (6) $16.63 $34,590 (6) 3
General freight trucking (6) $16.50 $34,320 (6) 4
Seafood product preparation and packaging 170 $16.44 $34,200 61 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
West Virginia 3,380 $10.75 $22,350 0.496% 480
North Carolina 17,300 $11.11 $23,100 0.467% 586
Wyoming 1,110 $9.69 $20,150 0.461% 413
Idaho 2,600 $9.67 $20,110 0.460% 505
Kansas 5,310 $10.94 $22,760 0.409% 531

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New Jersey 7,310 $15.36 $31,950 0.189% 473
New Hampshire 1,300 $14.39 $29,940 0.215% 374
Massachusetts 5,340 $14.34 $29,830 0.168% 524
Vermont 570 $14.18 $29,500 0.196% 297
New York (6) $14.10 $29,320 (6) 532

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
Terre Haute, IN MSA 610 $7.80 $16,230 0.953%
Missoula, MT MSA 470 $10.47 $21,780 0.897%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 540 $11.29 $23,480 0.875%
Waco, TX MSA 740 $8.32 $17,310 0.791%
Bloomington, IN MSA 470 $7.43 $15,440 0.789%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jackson, MI MSA 40 $20.27 $42,160 0.071%
Brazoria, TX PMSA 70 $19.12 $39,770 0.093%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 1,010 $17.86 $37,150 0.158%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA (6) $17.13 $35,630 (6)
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 460 $16.84 $35,030 0.228%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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