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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Motor Vehicle Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,990
25th Percentile Wage
$26,060
50th Percentile Wage
$35,910
75th Percentile Wage
$47,710
90th Percentile Wage
$60,790

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 $60,790. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $35,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,990. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 204% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of motor vehicle operators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$35,910
2.59% 8.66%
2016
$34,980
2.32% -
2015
$34,170
1.70% -
2014
$33,590
1.73% -
2013
$33,010
0.64% -
2012
$32,800
- -

Table 2. Motor Vehicle Operator Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of motor vehicle operators in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. 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 $42,550. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $20,190).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$42,550
Mining
$42,080
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,270
Transportation and Warehousing
$40,760
Construction
$39,570
Manufacturing
$37,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$37,350
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$36,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,180
Wholesale Trade
$36,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$34,760
Finance and Insurance
$34,300
Information
$32,910
Educational Services
$30,470
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$30,250
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$30,010
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$29,660
Retail Trade
$26,070
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,450
Accommodation and Food Services
$20,190

Table 3. 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 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$53,270
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$38,020
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$37,610
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$37,230
Driver/Sales Workers
$35,710
Bus Drivers
$33,010
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
$30,820
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$20,810
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$20,560
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$18,680



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