Driver/sales workers & truck drivers

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Total Workforce

3.39M

Average Age

45

Estimated Job Growth

4.96%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$41,937

Average Male Salary

$42,991

Average Female Salary

$27,608

About

Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are most often employed by the Truck transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers was $41,937 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Driver/sales workers & truck drivers by wage are Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers, Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants, and Medical records & health information technicians.

Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are part of the Transportation Occupations, along with Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Air traffic controllers & airfield operations specialists, Flight attendants, Ambulance drivers & attendants, except emergency medical technicians, Bus drivers, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Taxi drivers & chauffeurs, Motor vehicle operators, all other, Locomotive engineers & operators, Railroad conductors & yardmasters, Subway, streetcar, & other rail transportation workers, Ship & boat captains & operators, Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, Parking lot attendants, Automotive & watercraft service attendants-, Transportation inspectors, Transportation attendants, except flight attendants, Miscellaneous transportation workers, including bridge & lock tenders & traffic technicians, Crane & tower operators, and Dredge, excavating, & loading machine operators

The top 3 locations that employ the most Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are Clayton County (North)Forest Park City PUMA, GA, Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, and Newton & Rockdale Counties PUMA, GA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are Caldwell & Nampa (South & West) Cities PUMA, ID, Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, and Victorville & Adelanto Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Driver/sales workers & truck drivers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Truck transportation is the industry that employs the most Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, by average wage, is Prefabricated wood buildings & mobile homes. Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are paid most in Fort Worth (Northwest) & Saginaw Cities PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Caldwell & Nampa (South & West) Cities PUMA, ID.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$41,937

AVERAGE SALARY

± $462

In 2017, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers earned an average of $41,937, $10,128 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, & blending workers make somewhat more than Driver/sales workers & truck drivers while Miscellaneous life, physical, & social science technicians, including social science research assistants make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Driver/sales workers & truck drivers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.359

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.359, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, by number of employees, are Truck transportation, Restaurants & Food Services, and Construction.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, by average wage, are Prefabricated wood buildings & mobile homes, Petroleum refining, and Motion pictures & video industries.

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Industries by Share

3.39M

2017 Workforce

± 44,657

1.21%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 1.85%

The number of people employed as Driver/sales workers & truck drivers has been growing at a rate of 1.21%, from 3,345,540 people in 2016 to 3,386,114 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers employed by various industries. Truck transportation employs the largest share of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers at  33.5%, followed by Restaurants & Food Services with 6.84% and Construction with 5.72%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Driver/sales workers & truck drivers in the US. The average age of male Driver/sales workers & truck drivers in the workforce is 45.3 and of female Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is 41.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is White.

Gender Composition

3.15M

MALE WORKFORCE

± 43,135

232k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 11,816

93.1% of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

72.8% of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 15.5% of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers.

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Age by Gender

45.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.191

41.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.713

The median age of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is 45, and Male employees are generally 3.43 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is Business but a relatively high number of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers hold a major in Theology.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Driver/sales workers & truck drivers need many skills, but most especially Operation and Control. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Driver/sales workers & truck drivers need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Operation and Control.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are expected to see a growth of 4.96% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

4.96%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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