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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2013
Jan.
2014
Feb.
2014
Mar.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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453.5 450.4 (P) 451.7 (P) 454.2

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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431.5 423.5 (P) 423.8  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

11,680

Bus drivers, school

192,410

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

66,230

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

16,430

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

75,180

(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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2013
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2013
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2014
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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$17.08 $17.08 $17.05 (P) $17.02

Average weekly hours

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32.5 32.4 31.7 (P) 31.3

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2013
Dec.
2013
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2014
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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$15.26 $15.30 $15.42 (P) $15.19

Average weekly hours

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32.4 32.3 31.7 (P) 31.2

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

$20.81 $21.05 $43,290 $43,790

Bus drivers, school

$14.47 $14.92 $30,090 $31,020

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

$14.52 $15.65 $30,200 $32,560

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

$13.92 $15.25 $28,950 $31,730

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

$11.29 $12.49 $23,480 $25,980

(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 2009 2010 2011 2012

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

68 70 76 (P) 65

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

 

Total recordable cases

5.0 5.3 4.7 5.1

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

3.1 3.4 2.9 3.4

Cases involving days away from work

2.2 2.5 2.1 2.5

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.9 0.9 0.8 0.9

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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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2012
1st quarter
2013
2nd quarter
2013
3rd quarter
2013

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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19,289 (P) 19,412 (P) 19,534 (P) 19,645

Local government

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1,612 (P) 1,616 (P) 1,627 (P) 1,628

State government

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55 (P) 55 (P) 54 (P) 54

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: April 15, 2014