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Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation: NAICS 487

About the Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation subsector

The scenic and sightseeing transportation subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation subsector utilize transportation equipment to provide recreation and entertainment. These activities have a production process distinct from passenger transportation carried out for the purpose of other types of for-hire transportation. This process does not emphasize efficient transportation; in fact, such activities often use obsolete vehicles, such as steam trains, to provide some extra ambience. The activity is local in nature, usually involving a same-day return to the point of departure.

North American Industry Classification System

The scenic and sightseeing transportation subsector consists of these industry groups:

  • Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Land: NAICS 4871
  • Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Water: NAICS 4872
  • Scenic and Sightseeing Transportation, Other: NAICS 4879

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in scenic and sightseeing 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
Jul.
2022
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022

Employment (in thousands)

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

29.3 29.1 (p)30.4 (p)31.0

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2021

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

1,570

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

3,130

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

930

Sailors and marine oilers

1,380

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for scenic and sightseeing transportation.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Wages

This section presents data on recent hourly and annual wages for occupations commonly found in beverage and tobbaco product manufacturing.

Wages by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2021
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Bus drivers, transit and intercity

$16.89 $18.05 $35,130 $37,540

Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

$23.56 $27.02 $49,010 $56,210

Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

$14.41 $15.83 $29,970 $32,930

Sailors and marine oilers

$15.02 $17.12 $31,250 $35,610

(Source: Occupational Employment and Wage 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 scenic and sightseeing 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 2017 2018 2019 2020

Fatalities

Number of fatalities

7 11 8 7

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

Data series 2021

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

Total recordable cases

2.0

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

1.1

Cases involving days away from work

1.0

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

 

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 scenic and sightseeing transportation.

Establishments

Data series Back
data
2nd quarter
2021
3rd quarter
2021
4th quarter
2021
1st quarter
2022

Number of establishments

Private industry

3,463 3,500 3,512 (p)3,508

Local government

20 20 20 (p)20

State government

9 9 9 (p)9

Federal government

2 2 2 (p)2

Footnotes
(p) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

 

Data extracted on: November 22, 2022