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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Motor Vehicle Operator Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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 $59,610. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $34,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,430. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 206% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of motor vehicle operators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

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 $45,020. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $19,470).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Transportation and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Finance and Insurance
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Accommodation and Food Services

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
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
Bus Drivers
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
Driver/Sales Workers


Highest paying industries for motor vehicle operators.