Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation: NAICS 485

About the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector

The transit and ground passenger transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation subsector include a variety of passenger transportation activities, such as urban transit systems; chartered bus, school bus, and interurban bus transportation; and taxis. These activities are distinguished based primarily on such production process factors as vehicle types, routes, and schedules.

North American Industry Classification System

The transit and ground passenger transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Urban Transit Systems: NAICS 4851
  • Interurban and Rural Bus Transportation: NAICS 4852
  • Taxi and Limousine Service: NAICS 4853
  • School and Employee Bus Transportation: NAICS 4854
  • Charter Bus Industry: NAICS 4855
  • Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation: NAICS 4859

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in transit and ground passenger transportation. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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478.1 472.9 (P) 478.0 (P) 480.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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457.3 425.8 (P) 381.4  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2015

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

12,880

Bus drivers, school

203,200

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

66,070

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

18,800

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

79,450

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for transit and ground passenger transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in transit and ground passenger transportation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$17.64 $17.68 $18.05 (P) $18.21

Average weekly hours

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34.0 34.3 33.4 (P) 33.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$16.38 $16.46 $16.80 (P) $16.89

Average weekly hours

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34.6 34.7 33.5 (P) 33.7

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2015
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

21.42 21.90 44,550 45,550

Bus drivers, school

14.78 15.30 30,750 31,830

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

15.23 16.31 31,670 33,910

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

14.44 15.64 30,030 32,540

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

11.42 12.62 23,760 26,260

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in transit and ground passenger transportation. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2011 2012 2013 2014

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

76 71 76 76

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

Data series 2014

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

4.6

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

3.2

Cases involving days away from work

2.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in transit and ground passenger transportation.

Establishments

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2016

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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20,027 20,161 20,232 (P) 20,331

Local government

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1,676 1,680 1,685 (P) 1,688

State government

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53 53 54 (P) 60

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: September 28, 2016