At-A-Glance

Median Pay*
$40,300.00 per year
Employment Change, 2017-2022*
390
Number of Jobs, 2016*
1970
Entry-Level Education
High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience
1 to 5 years
On-the-job Training
Short-term on-the-job training
Job Outlook, 2017-2022*
18.6 %

*Data is specific to the Southeast Texas region.

Job Outlook
Percent change in employment, projected 2017-2022
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
18.6%
All Occupations
18.26%
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the Targeted Occupations List for Southeast Texas
What Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Do
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks whose gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeds 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.
Work Environment
Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and attend a professional truck driving school. They must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Top Paying Industries for this Career
General freight trucking
Specialized freight trucking
Merchant wholesalers, nondurable goods
Similar Occupations
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers with similar occupations.
SOURCE:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition and ONETOnline