Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators

Operate industrial trucks or tractors equipped to move materials around a warehouse, storage yard, factory, construction site, or similar location. Exclude "Logging Equipment Operators" (45-4022).

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)
605,390 0.9 % $13.50 $28,080 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.95 $10.45 $12.72 $15.81 $19.78
Annual Wage (2) $18,610 $21,730 $26,450 $32,890 $41,140

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Warehousing and storage 66,910 $12.84 $26,710
Building material and supplies dealers 42,300 $12.42 $25,820
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 26,240 $13.78 $28,660
General freight trucking 23,630 $14.99 $31,180
Employment services 22,850 $10.94 $22,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor vehicle manufacturing 4,730 $22.80 $47,420
Power generation and supply 760 $21.08 $43,850
Coal mining 660 $19.65 $40,860
Health and personal care stores 590 $18.46 $38,390
Performing arts companies 290 $18.28 $38,020

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
Arkansas 9,710 $11.77 $24,470 0.868%
Tennessee 21,340 $12.45 $25,900 0.816%
Georgia 29,270 $12.42 $25,840 0.776%
Kentucky 13,230 $13.47 $28,020 0.769%
South Carolina 12,620 $12.01 $24,990 0.715%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Michigan 22,470 $17.22 $35,830 0.521%
District of Columbia 220 $15.95 $33,170 0.037%
Hawaii 1,460 $15.93 $33,130 0.262%
Wyoming (7) $15.40 $32,030 (7)
Washington 13,950 $15.16 $31,520 0.545%

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
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 4,900 $14.12 $29,360 1.427%
Jackson, TN MSA 780 $11.52 $23,970 1.377%
Yakima, WA MSA 980 $12.25 $25,480 1.276%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 2,870 $14.74 $30,660 1.208%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 6,790 $12.05 $25,050 1.203%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 770 $22.54 $46,880 0.972%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 760 $19.52 $40,590 0.382%
Detroit, MI PMSA 10,340 $19.05 $39,630 0.523%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 580 $18.85 $39,200 0.350%
Tacoma, WA PMSA 1,710 $18.24 $37,940 0.722%

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

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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