Professional Truck Driver Statistics in the US

The average employee age for professional truck drivers is 47 years. The professional truck driver workforce reached a whopping 672,788 in 2020!

Among professional truck drivers, we discovered that 16.7% of them are women, while 80.0% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among professional truck drivers is White, which makes up 62.4% of all professional truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 14.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of professional truck drivers are located in UT, Salt Lake City and NE, Omaha.

Professional truck drivers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, professional truck drivers are more likely to find a job in the transportation industry. Looking at professional truck driver statistics, we found was that Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Alaska are where professional truck drivers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about professional truck driver demographics? We analyzed 3,431 professional truck drivers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Professional Truck Driver Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as professional truck drivers. Keep reading to find out what the results for professional truck drivers were.

Professional Truck Driver Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among professional truck drivers is White, which makes up 62.4% of all professional truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 14.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 62.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.0%
  • Black or African American, 14.1%
  • Asian, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Professional Truck Drivers

The chart below shows that 75.0% of professional truck drivers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 6.3% and Kurdish is the third-most popular at 3.1%.

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

Most Common Degree for Professional Truck Driver

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for professional truck drivers. The most common degree for professional truck drivers is high school diploma. In fact, 21% of professional truck drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 13% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 13%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 21%
  • Associate degree, 13%
  • Bachelors degree, 13%
  • Diploma degree, 8%
  • Other Degrees, 45%

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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 2008-2018 among professional truck drivers.

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

Professional Truck Driver Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
99%
97%
94%
92%
89%
87%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

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.

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Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Professional Truck Driver

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

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 73% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

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

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Bus Matron13%83%
School Bus Attendant18%75%
School Bus Aide20%77%
Professional Truck Driver80%17%
Wrecker Operator93%2%
Diesel Truck Driver95%2%
Tank Wagon Driver96%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Tank Wagon Driver
Diesel Truck Driver
Wrecker Operator
Professional Truck Driver
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

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.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Logistics Operator6.56%
Professional Truck Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Driver Medic7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Stacker8.85%
Assembly Line Driver13.50%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Professional Truck Driver?

male-income
Male Income
$67,229
female-income
Female Income
$61,560

Professional Truck Driver Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$70,530
$68,341
$66,152
$63,962
$61,773
$59,583
$57,394
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Professional Truck Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Master's Degree$61,372
Bachelor's Degree$66,846
Some College/ Associate Degree$67,566
High School Diploma or Less$68,341

Professional Truck Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$70,817
$68,341
$65,865
$63,388
$60,912
$58,436
$55,959
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

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 $78,843. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Professional Truck Drivers Earn The Most?

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

Where Are Professional Truck Drivers Located?

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

Number of Professional Truck Drivers

Where Are Professional Truck Drivers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country professional truck drivers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Professional Truck Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ professional truck drivers. We found that the most common company type is private. 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.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

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.

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Public

Private

Government

Industry Concentration

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, retail and manufacturing.

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Transportation

Retail

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Professional

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