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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

GenderPercentages
Male91.6%
Female8.4%

Gender Pay Gap For Truck Driver

Women Earn 87¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$60,073
female-income
Female Income
$51,982

Truck Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the Truck Driver position over time.

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

Truck Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201093.14%6.86%
201192.93%7.07%
201292.32%7.68%
201392.03%7.97%
201491.75%8.25%
201591.85%8.15%
201691.59%8.41%
201791.42%8.58%
201890.44%9.56%
201990.61%9.39%

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%
Truck Driver92%8%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%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 RacePercentages
White65.5%
Hispanic or Latino16.7%
Black or African American12.1%
Asian2.9%
Unknown1.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.9%

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.

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

Truck Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201068.84%11.50%2.30%14.91%
201168.47%11.88%2.32%14.80%
201267.76%12.03%2.47%15.14%
201367.84%11.57%2.39%15.66%
201467.57%12.01%2.57%15.31%
201566.66%12.35%2.61%15.77%
201665.87%11.98%2.71%16.64%
201765.66%12.11%2.73%16.81%
201865.17%12.15%3.03%16.82%
201965.55%12.12%2.85%16.72%

Truck Driver Wage Gap By Race

White Truck Drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown Truck Drivers have the lowest average salary at $54,982.
$57,000
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$54,982
White$56,980
Black or African American$55,260
Asian$56,329
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.

Male
Female

Truck Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4846
Unknown4544.5
Asian45.551
Hispanic or Latino4644.5
White5152
American Indian and Alaska Native4953

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.

20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Truck Driver Age

Truck Driver YearsPercentages
20-30 years8%
30-40 years17%
40+ years75%

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 DegreePercentages
High School Diploma48%
Associate16%
Diploma13%
Bachelors11%
Other Degrees12%

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Truck Driver Wage Gap By Education

Truck Drivers with a High School Diploma degree earn more than those without, at $60,073 annually. With a Associate degree, Truck Drivers earn a median annual income of $60,013 compared to $58,450 for Truck Drivers with an Bachelors degree.
$61,000
$60,000
$59,000
$58,000
High School Diploma or Less
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$60,073
Bachelor's Degree$58,450
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.

Company Size

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

> 10,000

Truck Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees14%
500 - 1,000 employees18%
1,000 - 10,000 employees39%
> 10,000 employees23%

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.

Public

Private

Government

Truck Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Public28%
Private71%
Government1%

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.

Transportation

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Retail

Construction

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

YearTruck Driver Unemployment Rate
201010.33%
20118.73%
20127.76%
20136.88%
20145.54%
20154.98%
20164.17%
20174.08%
20183.68%
20193.45%

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

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Truck Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year34%
1-2 years30%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years13%
8-10 years4%
11+ years7%

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 TitleLGBTJob Openings
Truck Driver3.40%
Lot Attendant3.71%54,664
Motor Vehicle Operator4.86%21,459
Tour Bus Driver5.67%43,063
Bus Aide5.69%46,218
Taxi Cab Driver7.09%64,095
Ship Steward15.05%42,650

Truck Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Lot Attendant3.71%54,664
Motor Vehicle Operator4.86%21,459
Tour Bus Driver5.67%43,063
Bus Aide5.69%46,218
Taxi Cab Driver7.09%64,095
Ship Steward15.05%42,650

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

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish71.8%
Carrier5.5%
French4.9%
Portuguese3.1%
Arabic2.4%
Other12.3%

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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 $75,974. 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 Demographics FAQs

What percentage of Truck Drivers are female?

9.4% of truck drivers are female in the United States. This is -0.2 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female truck drivers has increased by 2.5 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 135,455 female truck drivers in the U.S. and 1,305,559 male truck drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,441,014 people with the specific job title of truck driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

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