Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for 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 1,441,014 Truck Drivers currently employed in the United States.
- 8.4% of all Truck Drivers are women, while 91.6% are men.
- The average age of an employed Truck Driver is 48 years old.
- The most common ethnicity of Truck Drivers is White (65.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (16.7%) and Black or African American (12.1%).
- The majority of Truck Drivers are located in TX, Dallas and TX, Houston.
- Truck Drivers are most in-demand in Cincinnati, OH.
- Truck Drivers are paid an average annual salary of $59,684.
- New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $72,462, the highest in the US.
- Truck Drivers average starting salary is $39,000.
- In 2021, women earned 87% of what men earned.
- The top 10% of highest-paid Truck Drivers earn as much as $89,000 or more.
- Kentucky is the best state for Truck Drivers to live.
- Truck Drivers are more likely to work at Private companies in comparison to Public companies.
Truck Driver Statistics By Gender
Among Truck Drivers, 8.4% of them are women compared to 91.6% which are men.
- Male, 91.6%
- Female, 8.4%
Truck Drivers By Gender
Gender Pay Gap For Truck Driver
Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Truck Driver Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the Truck Driver position over time.
Truck Driver Gender By Year
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.
|Tank Wagon Driver||99%||1%|
|Diesel Truck Driver||100%||0%|
Truck Driver Statistics By Race
The most common ethnicity among Truck Drivers is White, which makes up 65.5% of all Truck Drivers. Comparatively, there are 16.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.
- White, 65.5%
- Hispanic or Latino, 16.7%
- Black or African American, 12.1%
- Asian, 2.9%
- Unknown, 1.9%
- American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%
Truck Driver Race
|Truck Driver Race||Percentages|
|Hispanic or Latino||16.7%|
|Black or African American||12.1%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.9%|
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 Truck Drivers.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Truck Driver Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Truck Driver Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$55,260|
|Hispanic or Latino||$56,587|
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Average Age of a Truck Driver
We determined the average age of Truck Drivers based on ethnicity and gender.
Truck Driver Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||48||46|
|Hispanic or Latino||46||44.5|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||49||53|
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 75% of the population.
Truck Driver Age
|Truck Driver Years||Percentages|
Types of Truck Driver Degree Levels
The most common degree for Truck Drivers is High School Diploma 48% of Truck Drivers earn that degree. A close second is Associate Degree with 16% and rounding it off is Diploma with 13%.
- High School Diploma, 48%
- Associate, 16%
- Diploma, 13%
- Bachelors, 11%
- Other Degrees, 12%
Truck Drivers By Education
|Truck Driver Degree||Percentages|
|High School Diploma||48%|
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Truck Driver Wage Gap By Education
|High School Diploma or Less||$60,073|
|Some College/ Associate Degree||$60,013|
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.
We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire Truck Drivers.
< 50 employees
50 - 100 employees
100 - 500 employees
500 - 1,000 employees
1,000 - 10,000 employees
Truck Driver Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||4%|
|50 - 100 employees||2%|
|100 - 500 employees||14%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||18%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||39%|
|> 10,000 employees||23%|
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.
Truck Driver Jobs By Sector
Top Industries Hiring Truck Drivers
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, Manufacturing and Retail.
Truck Driver Jobs By Industry
Truck Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics
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
Truck Driver Unemployment Rate By Year
|Year||Truck Driver Unemployment Rate|
The Average Number of Years That Truck Driver Stay in a Job
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%.
Less than one year
Truck Driver Tenure
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||34%|
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.
|Job Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Motor Vehicle Operator||4.86%||21,459|
|Tour Bus Driver||5.67%||43,063|
|Taxi Cab Driver||7.09%||64,095|
Foreign Languages Spoken By Truck Drivers
The most common foreign language among Truck Drivers is Spanish at 71.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 5.5% and French is the third-most popular at 4.9%.
- Spanish, 71.8%
- Carrier, 5.5%
- French, 4.9%
- Portuguese, 3.1%
- Arabic, 2.4%
- Other, 12.3%
Truck Driver Languages Spoken