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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 BLS in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Transportation and Material Moving Occupations in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
90th Percentile Wage
$57,440
75th Percentile Wage
$41,530
50th Percentile Wage
$29,530
25th Percentile Wage
$21,330
10th Percentile Wage
$18,120

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 $57,440. The median annual salary is $29,530. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,120.

Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

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 $19,800 to $122,340. The highest paid transportation and material moving occupations are air traffic controllers with a median annual salary of $122,340. The lowest paid transportation and material moving occupations in the United States are parking lot attendants with a median annual salary of $19,800. For more salary information about a specific transportation and material moving profession, use the links in the table.

Occupation Group Median Annual Salary
Air Traffic Controllers
$122,340
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$118,140
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
$103,390
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
$101,460
Commercial Pilots
$75,620
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$72,340
Air Transportation Workers
$70,060
Transportation Inspectors
$69,170
Ship Engineers
$68,100
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$68,080
Subway and Streetcar Operators
$62,130
Other Rail Transportation Workers
$59,480
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
$56,280
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
$55,000
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$54,930
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$54,770
Locomotive Engineers
$54,500
Rail Transportation Workers
$54,380
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
$53,400
Water Transportation Workers
$53,130
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$52,360
Crane and Tower Operators
$50,720
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers
$50,660
Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators
$50,290
Airfield Operations Specialists
$49,180
Bridge and Lock Tenders
$48,120
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
$47,760
Pumping Station Operators
$47,570
Wellhead Pumpers
$47,340
Locomotive Firers
$46,740
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
$46,690
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
$43,880
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
$43,500
Traffic Technicians
$43,430
Flight Attendants
$42,290
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
$41,180
Dredge Operators
$40,950
Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators
$40,650
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
$39,830
Hoist and Winch Operators
$39,580
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$39,520
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$39,100
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$37,470
Motorboat Operators
$37,120
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$35,330
Other Transportation Workers
$33,790
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
$33,660
Motor Vehicle Operators
$33,590
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
$31,340
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
$31,220
Other Material Moving Workers
$30,830
Bus Drivers
$30,220
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$29,570
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
$29,290
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$28,910
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
$28,850
Material Moving Workers
$24,790
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
$24,430
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$24,080
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
$23,380
Laborers and Material Movers
$23,380
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$23,210
Driver/Sales Workers
$22,250
Other Transportation Workers
$22,130
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
$20,900
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
$20,670
Packers and Packagers
$20,330
Parking Lot Attendants
$19,800