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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 ; 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)
9,978,390 0.3 % $17.82 $37,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.55 $11.36 $15.19 $21.31 $29.05
Annual Wage (2) $19,860 $23,630 $31,600 $44,310 $60,420


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 1,101,070 76.05 $21.16 $44,010
Employment Services 842,150 23.44 $12.97 $26,970
Warehousing and Storage 630,420 62.65 $17.09 $35,540
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 511,250 85.90 $19.84 $41,270
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 368,530 38.97 $18.08 $37,610

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 511,250 85.90 $19.84 $41,270
School and Employee Bus Transportation 171,960 80.02 $16.47 $34,250
Charter Bus Industry 23,460 78.34 $15.96 $33,200
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 81,090 76.21 $14.49 $30,140
Truck Transportation 1,101,070 76.05 $21.16 $44,010

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50,450 2.49 $43.06 $89,560
Scheduled Air Transportation 254,020 57.92 $39.98 $83,160
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 19,590 44.51 $37.54 $78,080
Technical and Trade Schools 5,420 4.05 $36.56 $76,030
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 23,170 64.18 $33.29 $69,250


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 1,120,230 67.10 0.96 $18.26 $37,970
Texas 852,610 71.70 1.02 $18.58 $38,640
Florida 525,490 62.42 0.89 $16.89 $35,130
New York 502,440 54.57 0.78 $19.88 $41,350
Illinois 479,920 80.96 1.16 $18.17 $37,800




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 174,810 93.16 1.33 $17.46 $36,320
Tennessee 270,020 92.61 1.32 $16.26 $33,810
New Jersey 354,270 88.40 1.26 $17.93 $37,300
North Dakota 36,740 88.18 1.26 $21.67 $45,080
Arkansas 105,670 88.05 1.26 $15.92 $33,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,550 74.02 1.06 $27.04 $56,240
Hawaii 40,950 64.69 0.92 $22.44 $46,680
District of Columbia 14,970 21.14 0.30 $22.08 $45,920
North Dakota 36,740 88.18 1.26 $21.67 $45,080
Wyoming 22,180 82.77 1.18 $21.60 $44,930



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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 408,420 61.01 0.87 $19.70 $40,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 324,250 73.18 1.05 $18.30 $38,060
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 294,560 80.43 1.15 $18.75 $39,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 217,440 83.01 1.19 $17.50 $36,390
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 212,210 72.44 1.03 $19.78 $41,130
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 189,390 76.01 1.09 $18.23 $37,920
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 155,890 108.62 1.55 $17.49 $36,380
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 120,890 61.06 0.87 $18.64 $38,770
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 116,710 70.85 1.01 $22.68 $47,170
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 116,440 60.26 0.86 $19.48 $40,530