Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
9,005,120 0.3 % $16.28 $33,860 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this major group:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.59 $10.10 $13.99 $19.60 $27.08
Annual Wage (2) $17,860 $21,010 $29,100 $40,760 $56,320


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 725,030 77.26 $19.87 $41,340
Employment Services 698,510 21.31 $11.33 $23,560
Warehousing and Storage 422,890 59.75 $16.08 $33,440
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 369,250 77.26 $20.54 $42,710
Specialized Freight Trucking 321,810 75.00 $18.66 $38,800

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 168,740 84.05 $15.23 $31,680
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 369,250 77.26 $20.54 $42,710
General Freight Trucking 725,030 77.26 $19.87 $41,340
Charter Bus Industry 23,170 76.94 $14.21 $29,560
Other Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation 67,880 75.96 $13.14 $27,330

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) 52,030 2.59 $41.87 $87,080
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 19,900 51.95 $33.76 $70,230
Scheduled Air Transportation 207,080 49.91 $33.28 $69,230
Technical and Trade Schools 5,290 3.56 $31.72 $65,980
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 17,560 44.32 $29.33 $61,010


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 946,900 64.35 0.95 $16.44 $34,200
Texas 760,120 69.65 1.03 $15.91 $33,090
Illinois 458,260 80.33 1.18 $16.70 $34,730
New York 450,110 52.12 0.77 $18.81 $39,130
Florida 444,900 59.69 0.88 $15.11 $31,430




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 40,760 96.38 1.42 $19.36 $40,270
Tennessee 253,860 94.02 1.38 $15.20 $31,610
Arkansas 105,120 91.20 1.34 $14.61 $30,390
Kentucky 160,990 90.30 1.33 $16.24 $33,770
Indiana 248,440 87.04 1.28 $15.85 $32,960




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 23,990 74.33 1.09 $25.52 $53,090
Wyoming 23,700 84.99 1.25 $20.56 $42,770
District of Columbia 12,510 18.80 0.28 $19.49 $40,530
North Dakota 40,760 96.38 1.42 $19.36 $40,270
New York 450,110 52.12 0.77 $18.81 $39,130





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 300,350 81.16 1.20 $17.05 $35,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 287,320 72.28 1.06 $16.34 $33,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 278,290 53.09 0.78 $19.70 $40,980
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 200,530 72.72 1.07 $17.66 $36,740
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 185,280 80.28 1.18 $17.99 $37,430
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 150,620 70.07 1.03 $15.68 $32,620
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 115,650 96.26 1.42 $16.32 $33,930
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 108,620 60.98 0.90 $17.09 $35,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 100,340 54.53 0.80 $16.58 $34,490
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 98,440 54.95 0.81 $18.08 $37,610