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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,250
25th Percentile Wage
$20,490
50th Percentile Wage
$24,300
75th Percentile Wage
$30,450
90th Percentile Wage
$38,500

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 $38,500. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,300. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,250. We 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of taxi drivers and chauffeurs from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,3003.25%6.09%
201523,5101.28%-
201423,2101.59%-
201322,8400.09%-
201222,820--

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 information sector with an annual salary $38,000. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $22,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$38,000
Finance and Insurance
$37,440
Construction
$30,710
Manufacturing
$28,910
Educational Services
$27,860
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,200
Federal, State, and Local Government
$27,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,770
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$25,010
Transportation and Warehousing
$24,810
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,710
Health Care and Social Assistance
$24,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$23,990
Wholesale Trade
$23,960
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$22,680
Accommodation and Food Services
$22,510
Retail Trade
$22,120

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 $18,610 to $30,110. The highest paying state for taxi drivers and chauffeurs is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $30,110. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,610. 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
$30,110
Alaska
$28,500
Connecticut
$27,960
Nevada
$27,810
Virgin Islands
$27,700
New Jersey
$27,570
New York
$27,290
Colorado
$27,240
Minnesota
$26,810
California
$26,270
Virginia
$26,270
Massachusetts
$26,180
Maryland
$26,140
Washington
$25,120
Oregon
$25,100
Illinois
$24,870
Delaware
$24,690
Hawaii
$24,680
North Dakota
$24,530
Texas
$24,030
Pennsylvania
$23,750
Wyoming
$23,750
Utah
$23,660
Maine
$23,640
Rhode Island
$23,570
Vermont
$23,360
Nebraska
$23,190
North Carolina
$23,170
South Dakota
$23,170
New Hampshire
$23,160
Florida
$22,640
New Mexico
$22,540
Missouri
$22,430
Iowa
$22,410
Arizona
$22,400
Wisconsin
$22,030
Michigan
$21,980
Indiana
$21,950
Louisiana
$21,470
Alabama
$21,450
Tennessee
$21,400
Kansas
$21,060
South Carolina
$21,050
Arkansas
$20,570
Kentucky
$20,440
Ohio
$20,420
Georgia
$20,380
Idaho
$20,270
Oklahoma
$20,040
Montana
$19,970
West Virginia
$19,650
Guam
$19,090
Mississippi
$18,910
Puerto Rico
$18,610


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