Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2006

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)
941,590 0.7 % $13.23 $27,520 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.47 $9.31 $12.17 $16.16 $21.23
Annual Wage (2) $15,540 $19,370 $25,300 $33,620 $44,160

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers 150,360 $18.06 $37,560
General Freight Trucking 40,650 $15.37 $31,980
Building Material and Supplies Dealers 38,820 $11.93 $24,810
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores 38,080 $8.92 $18,550
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 37,580 $13.33 $27,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Performing Arts Companies 90 $25.02 $52,050
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 410 $23.65 $49,190
Support Activities for Water Transportation 150 $21.77 $45,270
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) $21.75 $45,240
Postal Service 2,880 $21.15 $43,990

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Louisiana 15,740 $11.02 $22,910 0.886%
Utah 9,980 $11.94 $24,830 0.867%
Georgia 34,600 $12.75 $26,520 0.865%
Mississippi 9,530 $12.48 $25,950 0.856%
Maryland 20,990 $13.50 $28,070 0.829%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 1,790 $15.86 $32,990 0.589%
Massachusetts 19,510 $15.36 $31,950 0.615%
District of Columbia 1,280 $14.94 $31,060 0.210%
Connecticut 11,840 $14.82 $30,820 0.714%
Michigan 31,850 $14.73 $30,640 0.742%

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lakeland, FL 2,880 $12.83 $26,690 1.335%
Decatur, IL 730 $13.32 $27,710 1.329%
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 1,060 $10.03 $20,870 1.228%
Grand Junction, CO 670 $11.74 $24,430 1.199%
St. George, UT 600 $11.91 $24,770 1.197%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Fairbanks, AK 160 $17.84 $37,100 0.432%
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 920 $17.15 $35,660 0.773%
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 800 $17.06 $35,470 0.899%
Barnstable Town, MA 790 $16.96 $35,280 0.797%
Ann Arbor, MI 1,230 $16.88 $35,100 0.622%

About May 2006 National, State, Metropolitan, and nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: December 6, 2007

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