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Taxi Driver and Chauffeurs Salary Information

The salary statistics of taxi drivers and chauffeurs are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of taxi drivers and chauffeurs within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The taxi drivers and chauffeurs 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. Taxi Driver and Chauffeurs Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,750
25th Percentile Wage
$21,130
50th Percentile Wage
$24,880
75th Percentile Wage
$31,210
90th Percentile Wage
$39,380

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for taxi drivers and chauffeurs. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) taxi drivers and chauffeurs is $39,380. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,750. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 110% 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 taxi drivers and chauffeurs from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$24,880
2.33% 8.28%
2016
$24,300
3.25% -
2015
$23,510
1.28% -
2014
$23,210
1.59% -
2013
$22,840
0.09% -
2012
$22,820
- -

Table 2. Taxi Driver and Chauffeurs Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of taxi drivers and chauffeurs in 17 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 taxi drivers and chauffeurs occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $38,910. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $22,720).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$38,910
Information
$38,000
Manufacturing
$29,260
Educational Services
$28,090
Construction
$27,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$26,870
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$26,560
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,740
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,610
Transportation and Warehousing
$25,480
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,280
Health Care and Social Assistance
$25,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,080
Wholesale Trade
$24,270
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,810
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,150
Retail Trade
$22,720

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs by States

From the above tables we note that not only taxi drivers and chauffeurs salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of taxi drivers and chauffeurs in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,670 to $34,130. The highest paying state for taxi drivers and chauffeurs is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $34,130. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,670. For more salary information of taxi drivers and chauffeurs profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$34,130
New York
$28,940
California
$28,620
Massachusetts
$28,180
Washington
$28,160
Virgin Islands
$27,700
Hawaii
$27,550
Minnesota
$27,140
North Dakota
$27,110
Colorado
$27,100
New Jersey
$26,970
Nevada
$26,370
Virginia
$26,220
Maryland
$26,130
Alaska
$25,950
Connecticut
$25,910
Delaware
$25,130
Illinois
$25,050
Oregon
$25,050
Rhode Island
$24,620
South Dakota
$24,490
Texas
$24,380
Maine
$24,370
New Mexico
$24,260
Vermont
$24,010
Pennsylvania
$23,980
Wyoming
$23,850
Florida
$23,700
Missouri
$23,690
New Hampshire
$23,630
North Carolina
$23,610
Montana
$23,590
Arizona
$23,400
Utah
$23,280
Iowa
$23,040
Nebraska
$23,030
Michigan
$22,480
Kansas
$22,240
Wisconsin
$22,080
Tennessee
$22,000
Indiana
$21,860
South Carolina
$21,770
Louisiana
$21,650
Ohio
$21,610
Alabama
$21,550
Arkansas
$21,130
Kentucky
$21,010
Oklahoma
$20,900
Georgia
$20,390
Idaho
$20,250
West Virginia
$19,740
Guam
$19,610
Mississippi
$19,330
Puerto Rico
$18,670



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