Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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

This major group comprises the following occupations: Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors ; First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand ; First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators ; 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)
9,731,790 0.3 % $17.34 $36,070 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.21 $10.91 $14.78 $20.76 $28.50
Annual Wage (2) $19,150 $22,680 $30,730 $43,170 $59,270


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)
Employment Services 813,720 22.48 $12.46 $25,910
General Freight Trucking 769,280 77.06 $21.04 $43,760
Warehousing and Storage 564,350 62.10 $16.50 $34,310
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 481,860 85.65 $19.64 $40,850
Specialized Freight Trucking 330,410 72.85 $19.81 $41,210

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 481,860 85.65 $19.64 $40,850
School and Employee Bus Transportation 172,800 80.64 $15.86 $32,990
General Freight Trucking 769,280 77.06 $21.04 $43,760
Charter Bus Industry 22,240 76.50 $15.54 $32,330
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 79,880 75.84 $13.92 $28,960

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) 51,720 2.56 $41.97 $87,290
Scheduled Air Transportation 238,310 56.61 $39.01 $81,140
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 20,220 47.25 $36.69 $76,310
Technical and Trade Schools 6,010 4.35 $33.60 $69,890
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 22,590 57.17 $32.44 $67,480


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 1,051,380 65.85 0.95 $17.75 $36,920
Texas 837,900 71.34 1.03 $18.08 $37,600
Florida 501,290 60.97 0.88 $16.39 $34,090
New York 484,920 53.30 0.77 $19.24 $40,030
Illinois 473,430 80.19 1.16 $17.71 $36,840




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)
Tennessee 275,940 95.38 1.38 $15.73 $32,720
Kentucky 176,380 94.34 1.36 $17.17 $35,700
North Dakota 39,550 93.02 1.34 $21.47 $44,670
Arkansas 104,060 87.35 1.26 $15.54 $32,330
Indiana 258,650 86.47 1.25 $16.63 $34,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,510 72.68 1.05 $25.22 $52,460
Hawaii 41,830 66.17 0.95 $21.55 $44,830
North Dakota 39,550 93.02 1.34 $21.47 $44,670
District of Columbia 14,400 20.50 0.30 $21.13 $43,950
Wyoming 23,600 85.47 1.23 $20.98 $43,650





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 386,390 58.66 0.85 $19.05 $39,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 313,650 74.31 1.07 $17.52 $36,440
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 290,920 79.95 1.15 $18.24 $37,940
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 215,540 84.41 1.22 $16.99 $35,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX