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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

53-3054 Taxi Drivers

Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on an unplanned basis and charge a fare, usually based on a meter. Excludes “Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs” (53-3053).


National estimates for Taxi Drivers
Industry profile for Taxi Drivers
Geographic profile for Taxi Drivers

National estimates for Taxi Drivers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Taxi Drivers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
13,950 4.0 % $ 14.45 $ 30,050 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Taxi Drivers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.10 $ 11.51 $ 14.09 $ 16.16 $ 18.59
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,010 $ 23,950 $ 29,310 $ 33,620 $ 38,670


Industry profile for Taxi Drivers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Taxi Drivers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Taxi Drivers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Taxi Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Taxi and Limousine Service 9,960 23.43 $ 14.67 $ 30,510
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 660 0.78 $ 12.98 $ 26,990
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 470 0.15 $ 16.69 $ 34,710
Management of Companies and Enterprises 340 0.01 $ 13.19 $ 27,430
Other Personal Services 310 0.10 $ 10.42 $ 21,670

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Taxi Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Taxi and Limousine Service 9,960 23.43 $ 14.67 $ 30,510
Other Support Activities for Transportation 270 0.81 $ 15.61 $ 32,470
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 660 0.78 $ 12.98 $ 26,990
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 470 0.15 $ 16.69 $ 34,710
Other Personal Services 310 0.10 $ 10.42 $ 21,670

Top paying industries for Taxi Drivers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 470 0.15 $ 16.69 $ 34,710
Individual and Family Services (8) (8) $ 16.52 $ 34,360
Other Support Activities for Transportation 270 0.81 $ 15.61 $ 32,470
Taxi and Limousine Service 9,960 23.43 $ 14.67 $ 30,510
Employment Services 110 (7) $ 14.33 $ 29,800


Geographic profile for Taxi Drivers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Taxi Drivers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Taxi Drivers, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of taxi drivers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Taxi Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 2,610 2.02 20.44 $ 15.03 $ 31,270
Wisconsin 1,290 0.47 4.72 $ 12.46 $ 25,920
New York 1,160 0.13 1.35 $ 15.87 $ 33,010
California 1,150 0.07 0.70 $ 15.71 $ 32,680
North Carolina 910 0.21 2.08 $ 13.28 $ 27,620


Map of location quotient of taxi drivers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Taxi Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 2,610 2.02 20.44 $ 15.03 $ 31,270
Wisconsin 1,290 0.47 4.72 $ 12.46 $ 25,920
Maine 150 0.24 2.47 $ 14.71 $ 30,600
Montana 100 0.22 2.18 $ 10.35 $ 21,520
North Carolina 910 0.21 2.08 $ 13.28 $ 27,620


Map of annual mean wages of taxi drivers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Taxi Drivers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 30 0.11 1.14 $ 21.45 $ 44,620
New Jersey 250 0.07 0.66 $ 17.06 $ 35,490
Washington 200 0.06 0.63 $ 17.04 $ 35,450
Maryland 400 0.16 1.59 $ 16.95 $ 35,250
Massachusetts 310 0.09 0.93 $ 16.08 $ 33,450



Map of employment of taxi drivers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Taxi Drivers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,550 2.77 27.99 $ 15.09 $ 31,400
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 850 0.10 0.99 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 560 0.23 2.28 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 390 0.15 1.48 $ 14.35 $ 29,840
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 370 0.47 4.76 $ 13.82 $ 28,740
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.25 2.49 $ 16.75 $ 34,830
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 0.96 $ 16.12 $ 33,520
Madison, WI 200 0.53 5.34 $ 13.89 $ 28,890
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 180 0.14 1.46 $ 13.91 $ 28,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 140 0.02 0.24 $ 16.18 $ 33,650


Map of location quotient of taxi drivers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Taxi Drivers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,550 2.77 27.99 $ 15.09 $ 31,400
Fond du Lac, WI 50 1.11 11.16 $ 11.64 $ 24,200
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 70 1.03 10.36 $ 11.51 $ 23,940
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.78 7.89 $ 13.57 $ 28,230
Madison, WI 200 0.53 5.34 $ 13.89 $ 28,890
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 370 0.47 4.76 $ 13.82 $ 28,740
Wausau, WI 30 0.47 4.71 $ 12.95 $ 26,940
Eugene, OR 60 0.39 3.91 $ 14.43 $ 30,020
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 50 0.33 3.32 $ 12.85 $ 26,720
Utica-Rome, NY 30 0.28 2.82 $ 14.29 $ 29,730


Map of annual mean wages of taxi drivers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Taxi Drivers:

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 850 0.10 0.99 $ 17.22 $ 35,820
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 310 0.25 2.49 $ 16.75 $ 34,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 140 0.02 0.24 $ 16.18 $ 33,650
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 250 0.10 0.96 $ 16.12 $ 33,520
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.25 2.53 $ 15.31 $ 31,840
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 1.71 $ 15.16 $ 31,540
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 2,550 2.77 27.99 $ 15.09 $ 31,400
Pittsburgh, PA 130 0.12 1.24 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 560 0.23 2.28 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Eugene, OR 60 0.39 3.91 $ 14.43 $ 30,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Taxi Drivers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.85 8.60 $ 11.69 $ 24,320
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 5.84 $ 10.90 $ 22,670
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 4.26 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 4.98 $ 13.78 $ 28,650
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.29 2.95 $ 12.59 $ 26,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Taxi Drivers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 0.85 8.60 $ 11.69 $ 24,320
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 5.84 $ 10.90 $ 22,670
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 4.98 $ 13.78 $ 28,650
East Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.43 4.34 $ 10.07 $ 20,940
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 4.27 $ 11.59 $ 24,120

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Taxi Drivers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 3.49 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 0.42 4.26 $ 14.46 $ 30,080
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 2.09 $ 13.95 $ 29,020
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.49 4.98 $ 13.78 $ 28,650
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 2.94 $ 13.20 $ 27,460


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022