Transportation and Warehousing: NAICS 48-49

About the Transportation and Warehousing sector

The transportation and warehousing sector is part of the trade, transportation, and utilities supersector.

The Transportation and Warehousing sector includes industries providing transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage for goods, scenic and sightseeing transportation, and support activities related to modes of transportation. Establishments in these industries use transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as a productive asset. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation. The modes of transportation are air, rail, water, road, and pipeline.

North American Industry Classification System

The transportation and warehousing sector consists of these subsectors:

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in transportation and warehousing. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment and Unemployment

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Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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4,613.1 4,634.2 (P) 4,642.7 (P) 4,644.6

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees (seasonally adjusted)

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3,990.3 4,006.9 (P) 4,013.1 (P) 4,008.4

Unemployment

 

Unemployment rate

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5.9% 6.9% 7.2% 6.0%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics, Current Population Survey

Union Membership and Representation

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Union membership and representation

 

Members of unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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20.5% 20.4% 19.9% 19.6%

Represented by unions (percent of wage and salary workers)

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21.6% 21.4% 21.0% 20.8%

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Dynamic Changes in Employment

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Dynamic changes in employment (in thousands)

 

Gross job gains

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207 219 226 283

Gross job losses

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236 210 209 204

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

68,090

Bus drivers, school

192,490

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

38,650

Sailors and marine oilers

20,950

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

922,190

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

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

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours, as well as weekly earnings by union membership status, are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in transportation and warehousing. This section also contains information on the average cost of benefits paid by employers, as well as recent rates of change in wages and total compensation.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$22.90 $22.86 (P) $22.89 (P) $22.92

Average weekly hours

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38.3 38.5 (P) 38.5 (P) 38.6

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$20.53 $20.45 (P) $20.58 (P) $20.59

Average weekly hours

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38.3 38.4 (P) 38.4 (P) 38.4

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Union Membership and Representation

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Median weekly earnings
2010 2011 2012 2013

Union membership and representation

 

Full-time workers

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$765 $763 $778 $777

Members of unions

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$934 $941 $948 $975

Represented by unions

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$928 $939 $934 $970

Nonunion

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$725 $726 $746 $732

(Source: Current Population Survey)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

(1) $- (1) $- $117,440 $131,800

Bus drivers, school

$14.47 $14.92 $30,090 $31,020

Railroad conductors and yardmasters

$27.06 $28.04 $56,280 $58,310

Sailors and marine oilers

$18.26 $19.69 $37,980 $40,960

Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer

$19.40 $20.19 $40,350 $42,000

Footnotes
(1) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Employer Compensation Costs

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2014

12-month percent change

 

Total compensation

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2.5% 2.3% 1.9% 2.6%

Wages and salaries

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2.2% 2.1% 1.9% 2.7%

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)



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Compensation component
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Percent of total compensation

Compensation costs

 

Total compensation

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35.94 100.0

Wages and salaries

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22.95 63.8

Total benefits

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12.99 36.2

Insurance

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4.22 11.7

Retirement

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1.85 5.2

(Source: Compensation Cost Trends)

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 transportation and warehousing. 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.

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Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

689 778 783 (P) 724

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

 

Total recordable cases

5.2      

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

3.6      

Cases involving days away from work

2.3      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.3      

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

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

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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Producer price index

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(P) 129.7 (P) 129.8 (P) 130.2 (P) 128.7

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.5% (P) 0.1% (P) 0.3% (P) -1.2%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments and the number of establishments experiencing job gains or job losses in transportation and warehousing.

Establishments

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Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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225,318 227,057 227,272 (P) 229,000

Local government

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2,771 2,784 2,780 (P) 2,803

State government

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536 534 533 (P) 533

Federal government

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29,714 29,613 29,560 (P) 29,494

Establishments with changes in employment (in thousands)

 

With job gains (seasonally adjusted)

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52 53 54  

With job losses (seasonally adjusted)

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52 52 51  

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Business Employment Dynamics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

The Editor's Desk

See industry studies in the subject matter index of The Editor's Desk (Current Edition).

Monthly Labor Review

See transportation in the Index of the Monthly Labor Review Online (Current Issue).

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 15, 2014