Driver/sales workers & truck drivers

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2019 Workforce
3.51M
Average Age
45.3
Average Salary
$44,622
Average Male Salary
$45,850
Average Female Salary
$29,278

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 $44,622 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Driver/sales workers & truck drivers by wage are Home appliance repairers, Medical records specialists, and Mental health counselors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, Middle Rio Grande Development Council PUMA, TX, and Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral, Hampshire & Morgan Counties PUMA, WV. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are Cedar Hill & Duncanville Cities PUMA, TX, Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, and Middle Rio Grande Development Council PUMA, TX.

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 Computer Systems Design. Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are paid most in Fort Worth (Northwest) & Saginaw Cities PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Cedar Hill & Duncanville Cities PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$44,622
AVERAGE SALARY
± $463

In 2019, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers earned an average of $44,622, $10,902 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Medical records specialists make somewhat more than Driver/sales workers & truck drivers while Home appliance repairers 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

0.357
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.357, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 Couriers & messengers.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, by average wage, are Computer Systems Design, Broadcasting (except internet), and Labor unions.

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Industries by Share

3.51M
2019 Workforce
± 45,486
0.168%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.83%

The number of people employed as Driver/sales workers & truck drivers has been growing at a rate of 0.168%, from 3,507,967 people in 2018 to 3,513,854 people in 2019.

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  34.1%, followed by Restaurants & Food Services with 6.62% and Couriers & messengers with 6.07%.

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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 45.5 and of female Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is 41.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.25M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 43,807
260k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,517

92.6% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

56.9% of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.4% of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

45.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.193
41.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.696

The median age of Driver/sales workers & truck drivers is 45.3, and Male employees are generally 3.62 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 Active Listening and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Driver/sales workers & truck drivers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Negotiation, and Persuasion.

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