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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

Data series Back
data
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020
Apr.
2020

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

507.5 508.2 (p)503.3 (p)318.0

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

476.2 479.4 (p)475.6  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2019

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

15,500

Bus drivers, school

280,760

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

75,860

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

18,840

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

280,760

(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

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$20.55 $20.45 $20.53 (p)$20.69

Average weekly hours

34.8 34.3 34.7 (p)33.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
data
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Feb.
2020
Mar.
2020

Average hourly earnings

$18.98 $18.92 $18.96 (p)$18.84

Average weekly hours

34.5 34.0 34.5 (p)33.6

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2019
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

23.54 24.06 48,960 50,040

Bus drivers, school

15.90 16.76 33,080 34,860

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

17.83 18.67 37,090 38,830

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

16.60 17.66 34,530 36,720

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

15.90 16.76 33,080 34,860

(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 2015 2016 2017 2018

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

64 81 73 66

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

Data series 2018

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

Total recordable cases

4.0

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

2.5

Cases involving days away from work

1.9

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.6

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

Data series Back
data
4th quarter
2018
1st quarter
2019
2nd quarter
2019
3rd quarter
2019

Number of establishments

Private industry

20,766 (p)20,591 (p)20,721 (p)20,851

Local government

1,699 (p)1,706 (p)1,709 (p)1,714

State government

64 (p)64 (p)64 (p)64

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: May 28, 2020