Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (Major Group)

This major group comprises the following occupations: Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors ; First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand ; First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators ; Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers ; Commercial Pilots ; Air Traffic Controllers ; Airfield Operations Specialists ; Flight Attendants ; Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians ; Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity ; Bus Drivers, School or Special Client ; Driver/Sales Workers ; Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers ; Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers ; Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs ; Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other ; Locomotive Engineers ; Locomotive Firers ; Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers ; Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators ; Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters ; Subway and Streetcar Operators ; Rail Transportation Workers, All Other ; Sailors and Marine Oilers ; Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels ; Motorboat Operators ; Ship Engineers ; Bridge and Lock Tenders ; Parking Lot Attendants ; Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants ; Traffic Technicians ; Transportation Inspectors ; Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants ; Transportation Workers, All Other ; Conveyor Operators and Tenders ; Crane and Tower Operators ; Dredge Operators ; Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators ; Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining ; Hoist and Winch Operators ; Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators ; Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment ; Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand ; Machine Feeders and Offbearers ; Packers and Packagers, Hand ; Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators ; Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers ; Wellhead Pumpers ; Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors ; Mine Shuttle Car Operators ; Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders ; Material Moving Workers, All Other


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this major group:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
8,547,980 0.3 % $15.70 $32,660 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.36 $9.89 $13.66 $18.95 $25.63
Annual Wage (2) $17,400 $20,580 $28,400 $39,410 $53,320


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Freight Trucking 665,560 76.99 $19.30 $40,140
Employment Services 508,790 19.08 $11.15 $23,190
Warehousing and Storage 367,860 57.56 $15.44 $32,120
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 332,290 69.26 $19.60 $40,770
Local Government (OES Designation) 322,010 5.76 $18.52 $38,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
School and Employee Bus Transportation 172,260 86.05 $14.23 $29,610
General Freight Trucking 665,560 76.99 $19.30 $40,140
Charter Bus Industry 23,920 76.95 $14.11 $29,340
Inland Water Transportation 18,990 76.04 $24.37 $50,690
Urban Transit Systems 30,110 75.52 $15.85 $32,970

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 56,630 2.78 $38.42 $79,920
Scheduled Air Transportation 179,070 43.67 $31.54 $65,600
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 19,930 48.71 $29.71 $61,790
Postal Service 13,640 2.02 $28.66 $59,600
Technical and Trade Schools 5,300 3.43 $27.19 $56,550


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 893,650 63.82 0.95 $16.16 $33,620
Texas 675,880 66.99 1.00 $15.30 $31,820
New York 435,750 52.22 0.78 $17.88 $37,200
Illinois 433,260 78.37 1.17 $16.19 $33,670
Pennsylvania 392,900 71.65 1.07 $15.74 $32,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee 232,970 90.67 1.35 $14.54 $30,240
Arkansas 102,870 90.59 1.35 $14.24 $29,610
Kentucky 149,710 87.24 1.30 $16.21 $33,710
Indiana 235,040 86.26 1.28 $15.32 $31,870
Nebraska 77,660 86.13 1.28 $15.87 $33,010




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,980 77.84 1.16 $21.09 $43,860
District of Columbia 16,260 25.43 0.38 $18.76 $39,010
Wyoming 22,060 81.73 1.22 $18.17 $37,800
Hawaii 37,110 64.92 0.97 $17.99 $37,420
New York 435,750 52.22 0.78 $17.88 $37,200

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 276,030 77.93 1.16 $16.57 $34,460
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 264,920 53.17 0.79 $18.71 $38,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 262,700 68.81 1.02 $15.72 $32,690
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 173,110 69.30 1.03 $16.89 $35,130
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 169,790 77.15 1.15 $16.29 $33,880
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 134,920 67.40 1.00 $14.89 $30,970
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 108,130 94.78 1.41 $15.57 $32,400
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 103,000 57.08 0.85 $16.70 $34,740
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 102,720 61.02 0.91 $16.79 $34,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 98,040 42.83 0.64 $17.70 $36,820




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 13,840 153.21 2.28 $21.84 $45,430
Longview, WA 4,330 128.10 1.91 $19.77 $41,120
Joplin, MO 9,470 127.61 1.90 $18.09 $37,620
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 73,920 126.11 1.88 $15.41 $32,050
Dalton, GA 7,480 118.00 1.75 $12.71 $26,440
Fort Smith, AR-OK 13,280 115.42 1.72 $15.80 $32,870
Morristown, TN 4,920 114.88 1.71 $14.59 $30,340
Yakima, WA 9,060 114.62 1.70 $13.40 $27,870
Stockton, CA 21,890 110.34 1.64 $17.28 $35,940
Janesville, WI 6,480 108.31 1.61 $14.87 $30,920