Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
9,536,610 0.3 % $16.90 $35,160 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.98 $10.51 $14.47 $20.35 $28.01
Annual Wage (2) $18,670 $21,850 $30,090 $42,320 $58,260


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)
Employment Services 804,660 22.47 $12.00 $24,970
General Freight Trucking 759,220 76.99 $20.52 $42,680
Warehousing and Storage 493,870 61.09 $16.32 $33,940
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 457,010 84.51 $19.40 $40,350
Specialized Freight Trucking 337,530 73.94 $19.36 $40,270

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 457,010 84.51 $19.40 $40,350
School and Employee Bus Transportation 173,770 81.92 $15.72 $32,690
General Freight Trucking 759,220 76.99 $20.52 $42,680
Charter Bus Industry 23,230 76.01 $14.88 $30,960
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 75,000 75.90 $13.31 $27,680

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Depository Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $43.34 $90,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 51,410 2.59 $41.90 $87,140
Scheduled Air Transportation 229,470 55.38 $35.51 $73,870
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 21,000 53.47 $35.10 $73,000
Technical and Trade Schools 5,690 4.01 $32.16 $66,880


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 1,012,960 65.37 0.95 $17.15 $35,670
Texas 829,810 71.71 1.04 $17.29 $35,970
New York 479,670 53.39 0.77 $18.91 $39,330
Florida 477,530 60.25 0.87 $15.50 $32,240
Illinois 473,270 80.86 1.17 $17.59 $36,590



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)
North Dakota 45,900 102.51 1.48 $21.31 $44,320
Tennessee 272,860 96.96 1.40 $15.41 $32,060
Kentucky 175,560 95.50 1.38 $16.72 $34,790
Arkansas 104,980 89.25 1.29 $15.15 $31,520
Wyoming 25,330 89.23 1.29 $20.68 $43,020



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,370 71.41 1.03 $25.18 $52,370
North Dakota 45,900 102.51 1.48 $21.31 $44,320
Hawaii 39,980 64.49 0.93 $21.02 $43,730
Wyoming 25,330 89.23 1.29 $20.68 $43,020
District of Columbia 13,150 19.46 0.28 $20.50 $42,640




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 384,920 59.41 0.86 $18.67 $38,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 296,210 72.18 1.04 $16.86 $35,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 290,620 81.37 1.18 $18.19 $37,830
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 210,600 71.88 1.04 $19.06 $39,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 208,980 84.26 1.22 $16.98 $35,310
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 170,180 73.05 1.06 $16.40 $34,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 140,760 107.43 1.55 $16.82 $34,980
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 115,960 61.82 0.89 $17.31 $36,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 111,640 59.37 0.86 $18.33 $38,140
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 104,360 43.17 0.62 $19.90 $41,390