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Salary of Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

The average annual salary of transportation and material moving occupations is shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare the median salaries of all transportation and material moving occupations in the United States. The transportation and material moving occupations salary statistics are from the national compensation survey published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Transportation and Material Moving Occupations in the United States (2016 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,150
25th Percentile Wage
$22,680
50th Percentile Wage
$30,730
75th Percentile Wage
$43,170
90th Percentile Wage
$59,270

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for transportation and material moving occupations. The salary is shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) transportation and material moving occupations is $59,270. The median annual salary is $30,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,150.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of transportation and material moving occupations from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201630,7302.08%5.76%
201530,0901.86%-
201429,5301.46%-
201329,1000.48%-
201228,960--

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (2016 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage of all transportation and material moving occupations in the United States. We note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among transportation and material moving professions and range from $21,730 to $127,820. The highest paid transportation and material moving occupations are airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers with a median annual salary of $127,820. The lowest paid transportation and material moving occupations in the United States are parking lot attendants with a median annual salary of $21,730. For more salary information about a specific transportation and material moving profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$127,820
Air Traffic Controllers
$122,410
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
$105,720
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
$96,870
Commercial Pilots
$77,200
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$72,680
Transportation Inspectors
$72,220
Air Transportation Workers
$71,510
Ship Engineers
$70,570
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$69,650
Subway and Streetcar Operators
$64,680
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
$60,470
Other Rail Transportation Workers
$60,420
Locomotive Firers
$58,230
Rail Transportation Workers
$57,740
Locomotive Engineers
$57,670
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$57,480
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$57,270
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
$57,130
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$56,570
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
$56,450
Water Transportation Workers
$54,870
Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators
$53,420
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers
$52,250
Crane and Tower Operators
$52,170
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
$50,470
Wellhead Pumpers
$49,610
Bridge and Lock Tenders
$49,090
Airfield Operations Specialists
$48,910
Pumping Station Operators
$48,840
Flight Attendants
$48,500
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
$47,360
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
$47,230
Traffic Technicians
$45,150
Hoist and Winch Operators
$42,530
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
$42,470
Dredge Operators
$42,420
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$42,060
Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators
$41,600
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$41,340
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
$41,030
Motorboat Operators
$40,210
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$39,790
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$36,670
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
$35,770
Other Transportation Workers
$35,660
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
$35,270
Motor Vehicle Operators
$34,980
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
$32,460
Bus Drivers
$31,920
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
$31,410
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$30,580
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
$30,150
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
$28,410
Other Material Moving Workers
$28,370
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$27,150
Material Moving Workers
$26,240
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
$26,060
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
$25,980
Laborers and Material Movers
$24,720
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$24,300
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$23,850
Other Transportation Workers
$23,560
Driver/Sales Workers
$22,830
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
$22,420
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
$22,220
Packers and Packagers
$22,130
Parking Lot Attendants
$21,730