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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$47,900
75th Percentile Wage
$38,810
50th Percentile Wage
$31,340
25th Percentile Wage
$25,190
10th Percentile Wage
$21,010

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 $47,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $31,340. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $21,010. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 127% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $31,340 1.99%
2013 $30,730 1.69%
2012 $30,220 0.70%
2011 $30,010 0.77%
2010 $29,780 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for industrial truck and tractor operators from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 5.24%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 1.69%. We also note that the average annual wage had a small growth of 0.70% in 2012 and a small growth of 0.77% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators vs. Related Jobs

OccupationAverage Wage
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
$31,340
Laborers and Material Movers
$23,380
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
$20,670
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
$24,430
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
$29,290
Packers and Packagers
$20,330
Pumping Station Operators
$47,570

Table 4. 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 4. 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 $62,400. The lowest paying sector is the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector (annual salary $25,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$62,400
Educational Services
$38,780
Mining
$37,640
Accommodation and Food Services
$37,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$37,070
Construction
$34,630
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$33,540
Transportation and Warehousing
$32,770
Health Care and Social Assistance
$32,720
Manufacturing
$32,540
Wholesale Trade
$32,000
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$31,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$30,860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$30,320
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,190
Information
$29,870
Retail Trade
$27,470
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$26,520
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$25,870

Table 5. 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 $18,680 to $51,120. The highest paying state for industrial truck and tractor operators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $51,120. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,680. 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
$51,120
Alaska
$46,060
Hawaii
$39,100
Massachusetts
$37,140
Washington
$37,070
North Dakota
$36,970
Wyoming
$36,160
Rhode Island
$36,140
Guam
$36,120
Maryland
$35,390
Minnesota
$34,920
Pennsylvania
$34,900
California
$34,660
New Hampshire
$34,620
New York
$34,570
Nevada
$34,340
Oregon
$34,270
Vermont
$34,200
Connecticut
$34,100
Utah
$33,960
Delaware
$33,550
Colorado
$33,200
Indiana
$32,870
West Virginia
$32,750
Wisconsin
$32,650
Virginia
$32,020
Montana
$31,930
Louisiana
$31,870
Ohio
$31,800
New Jersey
$31,630
Iowa
$31,590
Maine
$31,400
Michigan
$30,830
Arizona
$30,820
South Dakota
$30,820
Idaho
$30,800
Oklahoma
$30,760
Kansas
$30,750
Missouri
$30,490
Nebraska
$30,480
Florida
$30,410
Kentucky
$29,810
Illinois
$29,780
North Carolina
$29,270
South Carolina
$28,800
Georgia
$28,740
New Mexico
$28,410
Tennessee
$27,900
Arkansas
$27,880
Alabama
$27,850
Texas
$27,830
Mississippi
$26,680
Virgin Islands
$22,450
Puerto Rico
$18,680