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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
10,244,260 0.3 % $18.41 $38,290 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.94 $11.87 $15.74 $21.96 $29.75
Annual Wage (2) $20,670 $24,700 $32,730 $45,670 $61,870


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 1,122,020 75.97 $21.62 $44,970
Employment Services 890,660 24.32 $13.45 $27,980
Warehousing and Storage 725,670 63.34 $17.70 $36,810
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 535,310 85.55 $20.29 $42,200
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4244 and 4248 only) 385,920 39.30 $18.60 $38,690

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 535,310 85.55 $20.29 $42,200
School and Employee Bus Transportation 171,250 79.20 $17.23 $35,830
Inland Water Transportation 20,070 77.21 $31.59 $65,700
Charter Bus Industry 22,560 76.68 $16.21 $33,710
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 80,520 76.52 $15.13 $31,470

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) 50,350 2.51 $43.60 $90,690
Scheduled Air Transportation 266,950 58.84 $41.90 $87,160
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 20,190 44.80 $38.56 $80,210
Technical and Trade Schools 5,470 4.06 $37.92 $78,880
Natural Gas Distribution 1,830 1.67 $33.32 $69,310


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 1,160,680 68.24 0.96 $19.01 $39,530
Texas 865,690 71.46 1.01 $19.12 $39,770
Florida 544,380 63.24 0.89 $17.60 $36,600
New York 515,160 54.89 0.78 $20.66 $42,960
Illinois 499,650 83.40 1.18 $19.02 $39,560




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 180,490 95.50 1.35 $17.79 $37,000
Tennessee 277,290 93.78 1.32 $16.83 $35,010
New Jersey 379,840 93.78 1.32 $18.30 $38,070
Mississippi 99,780 88.78 1.25 $16.01 $33,290
Indiana 269,730 88.49 1.25 $17.34 $36,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 22,570 71.58 1.01 $28.52 $59,320
District of Columbia 15,630 21.95 0.31 $22.92 $47,670
Hawaii 42,020 65.47 0.92 $22.81 $47,450
Wyoming 22,070 81.95 1.16 $22.17 $46,110
North Dakota 33,930 81.45 1.15 $21.77 $45,270





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 619,870 65.26 0.92 $20.42 $42,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 423,190 69.16 0.98 $18.95 $39,420
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 392,040 84.46 1.19 $19.26 $40,070
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 288,010 80.72 1.14 $20.82 $43,310
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 234,400 87.37 1.23 $18.05 $37,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 212,400 71.22 1.01 $19.66 $40,890
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 193,070 67.77 0.96 $18.02 $37,480
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 180,710 69.77 0.99 $19.44 $40,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 166,670 111.62 1.58 $18.03 $37,500
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 142,310 71.72 1.01 $23.17 $48,200