October 22, 2022

The Trucking Industry By-the-Numbers

As the engine of the U.S. economy, the trucking industry carries around 11 billion tons of freight per year, keeping goods moving and the supply chain humming.

Trucks hauled 10.23 billion tons of freight in 2020. Motor carriers collected 80.4% of total revenue earned by all transport modes. Total trucking industry employment is 7.8 million or one out of every 16 people working in the United States. Job categories in trucking include executives, managers, laborers, office and clerical workers, sales workers and other operatives, service workers and technicians, craft workers, and other professionals.

Trucking accounted for $732.3 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) in 2020. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks
with a total weight exceeding 26,000 pounds for the vehicle, passengers, and cargo.

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