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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 2014 and published in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Taxi Driver and Chauffeurs Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$37,470
75th Percentile Wage
$29,600
50th Percentile Wage
$23,210
25th Percentile Wage
$19,350
10th Percentile Wage
$17,470

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 $37,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $23,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,470. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 114% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Table 2. Salary Trend

YearAverage Annual SalaryGrowth (%)
2014 $23,210 1.62%
2013 $22,840 0.09%
2012 $22,820 0.26%
2011 $22,760 1.43%
2010 $22,440 -

Table 2 shows the salary trend for taxi drivers and chauffeurs from 2010 to 2014. We note that from 2010 to 2014 the average salary has increased by 3.43%. We note that in 2013 the average salary increased by 0.09%. We also note that the average annual wage had a very small growth of 0.26% in 2012 and a moderate growth of 1.43% in 2011.

Table 3. Average Salary of Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs vs. Related Jobs

Table 4. Taxi Driver and Chauffeurs Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of taxi drivers and chauffeurs in 16 major industry sectors are shown in Table 4. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for taxi drivers and chauffeurs occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $41,800. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $20,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$41,800
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$28,820
Construction
$27,880
Educational Services
$27,570
Manufacturing
$25,510
Federal, State, and Local Government
$25,320
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$24,410
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$24,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,690
Transportation and Warehousing
$23,550
Health Care and Social Assistance
$23,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,930
Wholesale Trade
$22,860
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,010
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$20,890
Retail Trade
$20,870

Table 5. 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 $17,730 to $30,060. The highest paying state for taxi drivers and chauffeurs is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $30,060. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $17,730. 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
$30,060
Alaska
$29,180
Nevada
$29,110
New York
$27,450
Washington
$27,250
Virgin Islands
$26,870
Colorado
$26,760
New Jersey
$26,700
Connecticut
$26,340
Delaware
$25,700
California
$25,540
Massachusetts
$25,300
Hawaii
$24,320
Maryland
$24,250
Virginia
$24,130
Minnesota
$24,040
Rhode Island
$23,970
New Hampshire
$23,760
Vermont
$22,940
North Dakota
$22,890
Pennsylvania
$22,840
Utah
$22,800
Arizona
$22,680
South Dakota
$22,410
Kansas
$22,310
Illinois
$22,230
Nebraska
$22,130
Texas
$22,090
Iowa
$21,970
Oregon
$21,870
South Carolina
$21,790
Missouri
$21,770
North Carolina
$21,380
Florida
$21,220
Ohio
$21,220
Wisconsin
$21,220
Louisiana
$21,070
Tennessee
$21,020
Wyoming
$21,010
Indiana
$20,930
Maine
$20,850
Michigan
$20,830
Kentucky
$20,630
New Mexico
$19,880
Alabama
$19,870
Idaho
$19,870
Arkansas
$19,750
Montana
$19,740
Georgia
$19,460
Oklahoma
$19,370
West Virginia
$19,220
Mississippi
$18,530
Puerto Rico
$18,410
Guam
$17,730