Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
943,840 1.0 % $12.76 $26,530 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.10 $8.82 $11.58 $15.79 $20.79
Annual Wage (2) $14,770 $18,350 $24,090 $32,840 $43,250

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 152,550 $18.39 $38,250 1 5
General freight trucking 48,550 $14.75 $30,670 2 19
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 36,200 $13.35 $27,770 3 46
Auto parts, accessories, and tire stores 35,560 $8.31 $17,280 4 247
Building material and supplies dealers 35,120 $11.28 $23,450 5 179

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Wired telecommunications carriers 420 $20.81 $43,280 147 1
Motor vehicle manufacturing 120 $19.54 $40,650 201 2
Federal government (OES designation) 3,030 $18.92 $39,360 63 3
Support activities for water transportation (6) $18.92 $39,350 (6) 4
Couriers 152,550 $18.39 $38,250 1 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 16,850 $11.52 $23,950 0.979% 498
Wisconsin 24,220 $11.47 $23,860 0.900% 587
Pennsylvania 49,450 $12.25 $25,490 0.896% 586
Utah 9,060 $13.01 $27,060 0.869% 437
Virginia 28,970 $11.70 $24,330 0.853% 574

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 21,120 $15.06 $31,330 0.665% 493
Alaska 1,950 $14.83 $30,850 0.667% 360
Illinois 45,810 $14.74 $30,650 0.794% 475
New Jersey 32,500 $14.19 $29,510 0.840% 517
Maryland 19,750 $14.03 $29,180 0.808% 482

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
Albany, GA MSA 990 $15.26 $31,750 1.809%
Yolo, CA PMSA 1,540 $16.94 $35,240 1.748%
Eau Claire, WI MSA 1,210 $11.27 $23,440 1.681%
Victoria, TX MSA 550 $11.57 $24,070 1.598%
Altoona, PA MSA 880 $11.76 $24,450 1.523%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Asheville, NC MSA 840 $17.00 $35,360 0.772%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 2,530 $16.97 $35,300 1.107%
Yolo, CA PMSA 1,540 $16.94 $35,240 1.748%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 2,680 $16.30 $33,910 1.110%
Brockton, MA PMSA 1,190 $16.05 $33,370 1.194%

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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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