Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
8,635,940 0.3 % $15.96 $33,200 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.52 $10.03 $13.83 $19.22 $26.37
Annual Wage (2) $17,730 $20,860 $28,760 $39,990 $54,860


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)
General Freight Trucking 692,610 77.24 $19.38 $40,310
Employment Services 554,170 18.78 $11.30 $23,510
Warehousing and Storage 377,000 58.35 $15.84 $32,940
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 334,250 69.91 $20.84 $43,360
Local Government (OES Designation) 312,270 5.65 $18.92 $39,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
School and Employee Bus Transportation 172,070 86.30 $14.64 $30,450
General Freight Trucking 692,610 77.24 $19.38 $40,310
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 64,150 76.73 $13.04 $27,130
Charter Bus Industry 23,580 75.82 $13.77 $28,640
Urban Transit Systems 32,050 75.05 $16.52 $34,360

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) 56,150 2.72 $39.65 $82,480
Scheduled Air Transportation 179,880 43.89 $32.00 $66,560
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 20,940 51.01 $29.85 $62,080
Postal Service 12,790 1.97 $29.03 $60,390
Technical and Trade Schools 5,800 3.69 $28.76 $59,830


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 890,750 63.45 0.94 $16.38 $34,070
Texas 697,440 67.68 1.01 $15.60 $32,440
New York 440,050 52.22 0.78 $18.31 $38,090
Illinois 439,130 78.78 1.17 $16.40 $34,110
Florida 405,270 56.67 0.84 $15.12 $31,440




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)
Arkansas 104,570 91.75 1.36 $14.66 $30,500
Tennessee 236,840 91.01 1.35 $14.94 $31,070
Kentucky 155,710 89.85 1.33 $16.38 $34,060
Indiana 240,840 87.32 1.30 $15.52 $32,290
Nebraska 78,920 87.24 1.30 $16.14 $33,570




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,810 76.03 1.13 $23.00 $47,830
District of Columbia 13,320 20.66 0.31 $19.68 $40,940
Wyoming 22,450 82.38 1.22 $19.39 $40,320
New York 440,050 52.22 0.78 $18.31 $38,090
Hawaii 37,430 64.84 0.96 $18.22 $37,890





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 283,130 79.02 1.17 $16.81 $34,970
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 270,480 70.75 1.05 $16.02 $33,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 266,880 52.72 0.78 $19.47 $40,490
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 176,980 69.36 1.03 $17.11 $35,580
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 172,900 77.60 1.15 $16.58 $34,480
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 141,070 68.99 1.02 $15.72 $32,700
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 106,850 62.90 0.93 $16.49 $34,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 104,220 91.26 1.36 $16.02 $33,320
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 100,980 55.63 0.83 $17.12 $35,610
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 96,860 56.60 0.84 $17.34 $36,070