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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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

This major group comprises the following occupations: Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors ; First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors ; Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers ; Commercial Pilots ; Air Traffic Controllers ; Airfield Operations Specialists ; Flight Attendants ; Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians ; Driver/Sales Workers ; Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers ; Light Truck Drivers ; Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity ; Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity ; Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other ; Locomotive Engineers ; Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers ; Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers ; 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 Attendants ; Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants ; Traffic Technicians ; Transportation Inspectors ; Passenger Attendants ; Aircraft Service Attendants and Transportation Workers, All Other ; Conveyor Operators and Tenders ; Crane and Tower Operators ; Dredge Operators ; 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 ; Stockers and Order Fillers ; Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators ; Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers ; Wellhead Pumpers ; Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors ; 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)
12,532,030 0.3 % $18.23 $37,920 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.21 $12.12 $15.60 $21.45 $29.25
Annual Wage (2) $21,240 $25,220 $32,440 $44,610 $60,830


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)
Truck Transportation 1,159,580 76.21 $22.14 $46,060
Employment Services 954,800 25.94 $13.97 $29,060
Warehousing and Storage 882,880 72.71 $17.96 $37,350
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 725,960 24.94 $13.26 $27,580
General Merchandise Stores 662,640 21.17 $13.24 $27,530

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 597,090 85.19 $20.37 $42,370
Inland Water Transportation 21,610 80.55 $31.60 $65,730
School and Employee Bus Transportation 172,330 78.73 $18.04 $37,520
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 86,870 77.03 $15.78 $32,830
Truck Transportation 1,159,580 76.21 $22.14 $46,060

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 19,420 42.49 $43.55 $90,580
Scheduled Air Transportation 275,860 60.88 $42.45 $88,290
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 54,740 2.73 $41.68 $86,690
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 770 0.08 $38.09 $79,220
Technical and Trade Schools 6,330 4.66 $35.94 $74,760


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 1,453,200 83.60 0.98 $19.03 $39,570
Texas 1,049,310 84.41 0.99 $18.46 $38,400
Florida 708,190 80.53 0.94 $17.19 $35,760
New York 631,580 66.32 0.78 $20.51 $42,650
Illinois 611,700 101.51 1.19 $19.02 $39,570




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)
Kentucky 216,310 114.03 1.34 $17.85 $37,120
Tennessee 339,500 112.88 1.32 $16.84 $35,020
New Jersey 449,660 110.00 1.29 $18.28 $38,030
Mississippi 122,600 108.67 1.27 $16.05 $33,390
Arkansas 128,920 105.90 1.24 $16.61 $34,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 26,820 84.58 0.99 $27.73 $57,680
District of Columbia 17,530 24.23 0.28 $22.49 $46,780
Hawaii 51,190 80.54 0.94 $22.15 $46,070
Washington 263,330 79.35 0.93 $21.85 $45,440
Wyoming 25,730 94.14 1.10 $21.62 $44,960





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 753,170 78.01 0.91 $20.29 $42,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 528,480 84.70 0.99 $18.98 $39,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 478,700 102.36 1.20 $19.31 $40,160
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 347,580 95.05 1.11 $19.88 $41,360
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 271,270 98.87 1.16 $17.55 $36,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 258,690 84.75 0.99 $18.88 $39,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 234,890 81.66 0.96 $17.56 $36,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 231,580 87.64 1.03 $18.51 $38,500
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 207,620 134.96 1.58 $17.96 $37,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 178,230 72.10 0.84 $22.86 $47,560