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Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of industrial truck and tractor operators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of industrial truck and tractor operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The industrial truck and tractor operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,570
25th Percentile Wage
$26,800
50th Percentile Wage
$32,460
75th Percentile Wage
$39,750
90th Percentile Wage
$48,850

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for industrial truck and tractor operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) industrial truck and tractor operators is $48,850. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $32,460. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,570. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 116% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of industrial truck and tractor operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201632,4601.14%6.90%
201532,0902.34%-
201431,3401.95%-
201330,7301.66%-
201230,220--

Table 2. Industrial Truck and Tractor Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of industrial truck and tractor operators in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for industrial truck and tractor operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $59,850. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $25,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$59,850
Construction
$37,690
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,620
Educational Services
$37,510
Accommodation and Food Services
$37,240
Mining
$35,990
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$35,460
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$33,730
Manufacturing
$33,640
Retail Trade
$33,350
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,770
Wholesale Trade
$32,610
Information
$31,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,610
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,590
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$30,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$30,240
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,060
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$25,590

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators by States

From the above tables we note that not only industrial truck and tractor operators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of industrial truck and tractor operators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,960 to $52,380. The highest paying state for industrial truck and tractor operators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $52,380. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,960. For more salary information of industrial truck and tractor operators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$52,380
Alaska
$48,780
Hawaii
$44,590
North Dakota
$39,180
Maryland
$38,460
Washington
$38,370
New Hampshire
$38,100
Minnesota
$37,090
Nevada
$36,990
New York
$36,830
Connecticut
$36,660
Rhode Island
$36,580
Oregon
$36,450
Massachusetts
$36,150
Vermont
$35,990
Pennsylvania
$35,930
Delaware
$35,220
Wyoming
$35,220
Wisconsin
$34,710
West Virginia
$34,230
Virginia
$34,220
Kansas
$34,200
Colorado
$34,170
California
$33,610
Idaho
$33,450
Louisiana
$33,440
Maine
$33,420
New Mexico
$33,340
New Jersey
$33,150
Montana
$33,060
Iowa
$33,040
Utah
$32,570
Arizona
$32,340
Illinois
$32,210
Indiana
$32,190
Missouri
$32,160
Ohio
$32,130
Florida
$31,840
South Dakota
$31,840
Oklahoma
$31,400
Michigan
$31,350
Nebraska
$31,340
North Carolina
$30,660
South Carolina
$30,490
Kentucky
$30,180
Georgia
$30,150
Alabama
$30,010
Tennessee
$29,700
Texas
$29,650
Guam
$29,040
Arkansas
$28,810
Mississippi
$28,350
Puerto Rico
$18,960


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