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Motor Vehicle Operator Salary Information

The salary statistics of motor vehicle operators are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of motor vehicle operators in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of motor vehicle operators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The motor vehicle operators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Motor Vehicle Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$58,020
75th Percentile Wage
$44,750
50th Percentile Wage
$33,590
25th Percentile Wage
$24,250
10th Percentile Wage
$18,780

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for motor vehicle operators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) motor vehicle operators is $58,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $33,590. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,780. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 208% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Average Salary of Motor Vehicle Operators vs. Related Jobs

Table 3. Motor Vehicle Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of motor vehicle operators in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 3. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for motor vehicle operators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $41,820. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $18,800).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$41,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$39,310
Mining
$39,310
Transportation and Warehousing
$37,970
Construction
$36,680
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$35,660
Manufacturing
$35,340
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$34,670
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$34,410
Wholesale Trade
$33,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$33,260
Finance and Insurance
$31,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$28,730
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$28,040
Information
$27,860
Educational Services
$27,490
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,470
Retail Trade
$24,640
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,860
Accommodation and Food Services
$18,800

Table 4. Salaries of Motor Vehicle Operator Related Occupations

The average annual salary of motor vehicle operator related occupations at the national level is given in Table 4. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$39,520
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$37,470
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$35,330
Bus Drivers
$30,220
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$29,570
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$28,910
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
$28,850
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$24,080
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$23,210
Driver/Sales Workers
$22,250

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