Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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
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)
406,910 2.0 % $11.36 $23,620 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $5.96 $6.94 $9.66 $14.59 $19.81
Annual Wage (2) $12,400 $14,430 $20,090 $30,350 $41,210

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Limited-service eating places 125,050 $7.50 $15,590
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 62,070 $14.04 $29,210
Full-service restaurants 21,100 $7.40 $15,400
Drycleaning and laundry services 17,210 $14.65 $30,460
Direct selling establishments 12,110 $14.26 $29,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers 1,450 $20.56 $42,770
Grain and oilseed milling 80 $17.23 $35,840
Wireless telecommunications carriers 30 $17.19 $35,760
Animal food manufacturing 70 $17.11 $35,590
Dairy product manufacturing 4,810 $17.00 $35,350

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
Montana 2,610 $10.31 $21,450 0.648%
Wyoming 1,410 $8.89 $18,490 0.575%
West Virginia 3,670 $11.03 $22,950 0.536%
Oklahoma 6,910 $10.82 $22,500 0.486%
Oregon 7,310 $12.04 $25,040 0.470%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Maine 1,630 $14.84 $30,860 0.274%
New York 12,290 $14.12 $29,360 0.149%
New Hampshire 1,590 $14.03 $29,180 0.259%
Massachusetts 6,890 $13.89 $28,890 0.220%
Alaska 1,000 $13.51 $28,090 0.341%

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
Missoula, MT MSA 840 $10.77 $22,410 1.538%
Terre Haute, IN MSA 770 $7.94 $16,510 1.183%
Hamilton-Middletown, OH PMSA 1,480 $8.72 $18,140 1.133%
Billings, MT MSA 670 $9.69 $20,150 0.931%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 550 $11.60 $24,130 0.888%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jackson, MI MSA 100 $19.86 $41,300 0.175%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 370 $19.46 $40,470 0.185%
Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 150 $19.08 $39,690 0.129%
Bellingham, WA MSA 160 $17.50 $36,410 0.224%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 1,380 $17.07 $35,500 0.218%

About May 2004 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.

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Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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