Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for professional truck drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 689,930 professional truck drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 15.7% of all professional truck drivers are women, while 84.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed professional truck driver is 47 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of professional truck drivers is White (58.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (17.9%), Black or African American (14.4%) and Unknown (4.7%).
  • In 2021, women earned 90% of what men earned.
  • 4% of all professional truck drivers are LGBT.
  • Professional truck drivers are 79% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Professional Truck Driver Statistics By Gender

15.7% of professional truck drivers are women and 84.3% of professional truck drivers are men.

  • Male, 84.3%
  • Female, 15.7%

Professional Truck Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male84.3%
Female15.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Professional Truck Driver

Women Earn 90¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$47,307
female-income
Female Income
$42,348

Professional Truck Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the professional truck driver position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Professional Truck Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201088.21%11.79%
201187.87%12.13%
201286.88%13.12%
201386.41%13.59%
201485.95%14.05%
201586.11%13.89%
201685.70%14.30%
201785.44%14.56%
201883.89%16.11%
201984.16%15.84%
202084.43%15.57%
202184.31%15.69%

Professional Truck Driver Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, diesel truck driver and tank wagon driver have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Bus Matron11%89%
Bus Escort18%82%
Bus Monitor19%81%
Professional Truck Driver84%16%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

Professional Truck Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among professional truck drivers is White, which makes up 58.5% of all professional truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 17.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 14.4% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 58.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.9%
  • Black or African American, 14.4%
  • Unknown, 4.7%
  • Asian, 3.7%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Professional Truck Driver Race

Professional Truck Driver RacePercentages
White58.5%
Hispanic or Latino17.9%
Black or African American14.4%
Unknown4.7%
Asian3.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Professional Truck Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among professional truck drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Professional Truck Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.53%13.11%2.57%14.17%
201167.16%13.49%2.59%14.06%
201266.45%13.64%2.74%14.40%
201366.53%13.17%2.65%14.92%
201466.26%13.62%2.84%14.57%
201565.34%13.95%2.88%15.03%
201664.56%13.59%2.97%15.90%
201764.35%13.71%3.00%16.07%
201863.85%13.76%3.29%16.08%
201964.24%13.73%3.12%15.98%
202061.46%13.71%3.35%16.27%
202158.51%14.40%3.70%17.88%

Professional Truck Driver Wage Gap By Race

White professional truck drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian professional truck drivers have the lowest average salary at $46,933.
$48,000
$47,000
$46,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$47,406
White$47,799
Black or African American$47,092
Asian$46,933
Hispanic or Latino$47,309

Average Age of a Professional Truck Driver

We determined the average age of professional truck drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Professional Truck Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4944
Unknown4639.5
Asian4643
Hispanic or Latino4543
White5148
American Indian and Alaska Native49.547

Professional Truck Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of professional truck driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of professional truck drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Professional Truck Driver Age

Professional Truck Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years72%
30-40 years19%
20-30 years9%

Types of Professional Truck Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for professional truck drivers is high school diploma 32% of professional truck drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 21% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 20%.

  • High School Diploma, 32%
  • Associate, 21%
  • Bachelors, 20%
  • Diploma, 12%
  • Other Degrees, 15%

Professional Truck Drivers By Education

Professional Truck Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma32%
Associate21%
Bachelors20%
Diploma12%
Other Degrees15%

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Professional Truck Driver Wage Gap By Education

Professional truck drivers with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $49,765 annually. With a Bachelors degree, professional truck drivers earn a median annual income of $49,232 compared to $48,810 for professional truck drivers with an High School Diploma degree.
$51,000
$49,000
$47,000
$45,000
$43,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$48,810
Master's Degree$44,687
Bachelor's Degree$49,232
Some College/ Associate Degree$49,765

Professional Truck Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where professional truck drivers work. We found most professional truck drivers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most professional truck drivers is the transportation industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire professional truck drivers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Professional Truck Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees5%
50 - 100 employees15%
100 - 500 employees26%
500 - 1,000 employees14%
1,000 - 10,000 employees24%
> 10,000 employees16%

The Types Of Companies Professional Truck Driver Work In

Employees with the professional truck driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most professional truck drivers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Professional Truck Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public19%
Private79%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Professional Truck Drivers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ professional truck drivers. Those industries include transportation, manufacturing and retail.

Transportation

Manufacturing

Construction

Retail

Fortune 500

Professional Truck Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

Professional Truck Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of professional truck drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Professional Truck Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearProfessional Truck Driver Unemployment Rate
201010.33%
20118.73%
20127.76%
20136.88%
20145.54%
20154.98%
20164.17%
20174.08%
20183.68%
20193.45%
20205.26%
20215.44%

The Average Number of Years That Professional Truck Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 3,431 professional truck drivers resumes, we figured out that the average professional truck driver enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 40%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Professional Truck Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year40%
1-2 years27%
3-4 years10%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years4%
11+ years5%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Professional Truck Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to professional truck drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Starting Gate Driver1.73%6,045
Professional Truck Driver3.95%-
Flag Car Driver6.17%123,836
Charter Driver8.69%44,652
Bus Driver Supervisor8.77%9,472

Professional Truck Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Starting Gate Driver1.73%6,045
Flag Car Driver6.17%123,836
Charter Driver8.69%44,652
Bus Driver Supervisor8.77%9,472

Foreign Languages Spoken By Professional Truck Drivers

The most common foreign language among professional truck drivers is Spanish at 75.0%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 6.3% and Kurdish is the third-most popular at 3.1%.

  • Spanish, 75.0%
  • Carrier, 6.3%
  • Kurdish, 3.1%
  • Portuguese, 3.1%
  • German, 3.1%
  • Other, 9.4%

Professional Truck Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish75.0%
Carrier6.3%
Kurdish3.1%
Portuguese3.1%
German3.1%
Other9.4%

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Professional Truck Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a professional truck driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of professional truck drivers is $59,915. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Professional Truck Drivers Earn The Most?

Professional truck drivers earn the most in Rhode Island, where the average professional truck driver salary is $63,325. The map here shows where professional truck drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Professional Truck Drivers?

By looking through more than 3,431 resumes, we found that the most popular places for professional truck drivers are Salt Lake City, UT and Omaha, NE.

Number of Professional Truck Drivers

Number Of Professional Truck Driver Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California22,291$53,099
2Texas20,692$54,718
3Illinois12,894$54,593
4Ohio12,079$54,747
5Pennsylvania11,252$54,964
6Indiana9,379$50,740
7Georgia8,922$53,564
8North Carolina7,868$52,904
9Missouri7,309$50,035
10Virginia7,194$56,089
11Tennessee6,868$53,740
12New York6,689$60,698
13Alabama6,291$50,440
14Kentucky6,270$53,421
15Michigan6,257$49,676
16South Carolina5,778$51,638
17Wisconsin5,400$53,289
18Florida5,115$46,370
19Maryland5,109$59,472
20Iowa5,044$50,389
21Minnesota5,006$53,264
22Kansas4,651$49,406
23Oklahoma4,148$56,101
24Louisiana4,119$51,060
25New Jersey3,676$59,615
26Arkansas3,665$49,687
27Arizona3,644$52,771
28Colorado3,245$53,059
29Mississippi3,204$49,513
30Washington3,164$55,978
31West Virginia3,159$50,411
32Massachusetts2,877$59,349
33Nebraska2,397$47,112
34Oregon2,326$52,537
35New Mexico1,972$47,427
36Connecticut1,849$61,555
37Utah1,750$50,912
38Delaware1,578$53,709
39Idaho1,221$49,762
40South Dakota1,218$52,430
41Nevada1,182$48,626
42North Dakota1,115$58,322
43Maine778$48,934
44New Hampshire686$56,252
45Rhode Island675$63,325
46Montana635$62,783
47Wyoming579$55,445
48Vermont542$56,005
49District of Columbia222$63,792
50Alaska141$56,518
51Hawaii116$57,519

Professional Truck Driver Demographics FAQs

How Many Professional Truck Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 689,930 Professional Truck Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Professional Truck Drivers Are Black?

14.4% of Professional Truck Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Professional Truck Drivers?

Most a are White, with 58.5% of Professional Truck Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 17.9% of Professional Truck Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 14.4% of Professional Truck Drivers are Black or African American, 4.7% of Professional Truck Drivers are Unknown, 3.7% of Professional Truck Drivers are Asian, and 0.8% of Professional Truck Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Professional Truck Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Professional Truck Driver jobs are male - dominated. 84% of Professional Truck Drivers are male, and 15% are female, so there are more male Professional Truck Drivers than female Professional Truck Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Professional Truck Driver?

The average Professional Truck Driver is 48 years old. 72% of Professional Truck Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 19% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 9% are between 20-30 years old

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