Truck Driver Statistics in the US

The average employee age for truck drivers is 47 years. The truck driver workforce reached a whopping 1,441,014 in 2020!

Among truck drivers, we discovered that 9.1% of them are women, while 88.3% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among truck drivers is White, which makes up 65.5% of all truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 15.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity. Truck drivers are also more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, truck drivers are more likely to find a job in the transportation industry.

From where do we know all information about truck driver demographics? We analyzed 156,209 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.

Truck Driver Diversity

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

Truck Driver Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among truck drivers is White, which makes up 65.5% of all truck drivers. Comparatively, there are 15.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 13.0% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 65.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.9%
  • Black or African American, 13.0%
  • Asian, 3.5%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Truck Drivers

The chart below shows that 71.7% of truck drivers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 5.4% and French is the third-most popular at 4.9%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 71.7%
  • Carrier, 5.4%
  • French, 4.9%
  • Portuguese, 3.1%
  • Arabic, 2.4%
  • Other, 12.5%

Most Common Degree for Truck Driver

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for truck drivers. The most common degree for truck drivers is high school diploma. In fact, 32% of truck drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 11% and rounding it off is diploma with 9%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma degree, 32%
  • Associate degree, 11%
  • Diploma degree, 9%
  • Bachelors degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 41%

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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 truck drivers.

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

Truck Driver Gender Over Time

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

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

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 truck drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Truck Driver

By looking over 156,209 truck drivers resumes, we figured out that the average truck driver enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Truck Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of truck driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of 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 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%
Truck Driver88%9%
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
Truck Driver
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of 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 truck drivers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Tractor Operator6.56%
Truck Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
School Bus Aide7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Ship Dock8.85%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%

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

male-income
Male Income
$58,769
female-income
Female Income
$51,885

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
$62,794
$60,143
$57,493
$54,842
$52,191
$49,540
$46,890
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

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$51,657
Bachelor's Degree$58,292
Some College/ Associate Degree$59,181
High School Diploma or Less$60,143

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
$66,117
$63,130
$60,143
$57,157
$54,170
$51,183
$48,196
$45,210
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Truck Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a truck driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of truck drivers is $65,004. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Truck Drivers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where 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 Truck Drivers Located?

By looking through more than 156,209 resumes, we found that the most popular places for truck drivers are TX, Dallas and TX, Houston.

Number of Truck Drivers

Where Are Truck Drivers In High Demand?

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

Jobs Openings

Truck Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ truck drivers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most truck drivers is the transportation industry.

What Percentage Of Truck Driver Jobs Are Remote?

0.1% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.9% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire 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 Truck Driver Work In

Employees with the truck driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most 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 truck drivers. Those industries include transportation, retail and manufacturing.

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Transportation

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Retail

Professional

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