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Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers
Quick Facts : Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers*
2010 Median Pay$37,770
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,604,800
Job Outlook21% (Faster than average)
Employment Change330,100


Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. They deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds per gross vehicle weight (GVW).

What Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers Do

  • Report to a dispatcher any incidents encountered on the road
  • Inspect their trailer before and after the trip, and record any defects they find
  • Keep a log of their activities
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their truck, and associated equipment, clean and in good working order

Work Environment

Working as a long-haul truck driver is a major lifestyle choice, because these drivers can be away from home for days or weeks at a time. They spend much of this time alone.
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Job Outlook

Employment of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2020 because as the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase, and more truck drivers will be needed to keep supply chains moving.
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Pay

The average salary of heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers was $37,770 in May 2010.
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Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

37770

Transportation Occupations

46690.7692

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers*
Percent Change in Employment

Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

20.5695

Transportation Occupations

10.4212869818394

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck Drivers

Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers usually have a high school diploma and 2 years of related work experience. They must have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Qualifications for obtaining a CDL vary by state but generally include passing both a knowledge and driving test.
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