Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
9,249,310 0.3 % $16.57 $34,460 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.71 $10.25 $14.20 $19.97 $27.62
Annual Wage (2) $18,120 $21,330 $29,530 $41,530 $57,440


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 765,630 22.16 $11.63 $24,190
General Freight Trucking 738,250 77.08 $20.26 $42,140
Warehousing and Storage 438,040 60.28 $16.17 $33,630
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 422,010 82.78 $19.82 $41,220
Specialized Freight Trucking 331,620 74.65 $19.11 $39,740

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 422,010 82.78 $19.82 $41,220
School and Employee Bus Transportation 169,410 82.58 $15.48 $32,210
General Freight Trucking 738,250 77.08 $20.26 $42,140
Charter Bus Industry 23,270 76.21 $14.44 $30,030
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 71,810 75.94 $13.10 $27,240

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) 51,090 2.58 $42.06 $87,480
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 19,720 52.27 $34.94 $72,670
Scheduled Air Transportation 211,850 52.03 $34.66 $72,100
Technical and Trade Schools 5,720 3.85 $32.26 $67,100
Inland Water Transportation 19,310 71.65 $29.11 $60,540


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 972,140 64.30 0.94 $16.82 $34,990
Texas 786,450 70.04 1.02 $16.34 $33,990
Illinois 473,880 82.19 1.20 $16.95 $35,260
Florida 463,740 60.50 0.88 $15.35 $31,930
New York 461,940 52.43 0.77 $18.77 $39,040



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)
North Dakota 44,450 100.92 1.47 $20.52 $42,680
Tennessee 265,860 96.69 1.41 $15.19 $31,590
Kentucky 171,800 95.02 1.39 $16.46 $34,240
Arkansas 104,030 89.77 1.31 $14.80 $30,790
Wyoming 24,850 87.92 1.28 $20.57 $42,790



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,740 73.05 1.07 $24.72 $51,420
Wyoming 24,850 87.92 1.28 $20.57 $42,790
North Dakota 44,450 100.92 1.47 $20.52 $42,680
Hawaii 40,000 65.29 0.95 $20.06 $41,720
District of Columbia 12,130 17.98 0.26 $19.86 $41,310




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 313,160 83.47 1.22 $17.26 $35,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 290,510 71.62 1.05 $16.71 $34,750
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 286,190 53.09 0.78 $19.32 $40,180
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 206,570 72.65 1.06 $18.39 $38,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 204,650 85.70 1.25 $17.83 $37,090
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 156,540 69.93 1.02 $15.68 $32,610
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 129,000 103.21 1.51 $16.63 $34,590
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 107,220 58.72 0.86 $17.38 $36,140
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 105,260 56.54 0.83 $16.77 $34,870
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 103,030 56.46 0.82 $18.62 $38,740