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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Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018
Sep.
2018

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

498.3 491.6 (p)495.3 (p)500.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

449.4 389.2 (p)389.5  

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2017

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

13,680

Bus drivers, school

202,980

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

70,520

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

19,230

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

80,870

(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
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May
2018
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$19.00 $19.10 $19.18 (p)$19.25

Average weekly hours

35.3 34.9 35.2 (p)35.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

Data series Back
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May
2018
Jun.
2018
Jul.
2018
Aug.
2018

Average hourly earnings

$17.68 $17.78 $17.78 (p)$17.88

Average weekly hours

35.5 35.3 35.4 (p)35.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2017
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

22.60 22.92 47,000 47,670

Bus drivers, school

15.49 16.07 32,230 33,420

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

16.89 17.65 35,120 36,710

Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

15.54 16.67 32,320 34,680

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs

12.22 13.42 25,420 27,910

(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 2013 2014 2015 2016

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

76 76 64 81

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

Data series 2016

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

Total recordable cases

4.6

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

3.1

Cases involving days away from work

2.3

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

0.8

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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2nd quarter
2017
3rd quarter
2017
4th quarter
2017
1st quarter
2018

Number of establishments

Private industry

20,537 20,607 20,601 (p)20,557

Local government

1,701 1,696 1,693 (p)1,696

State government

61 60 61 (p)61

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: October 19, 2018