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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. Table 2 compares the median salaries across 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 2018 [1].

Table 1. Salary of Transportation and Material Moving Occupations in the United States (2017 Survey)

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,860
25th Percentile Wage
$23,630
50th Percentile Wage
$31,600
75th Percentile Wage
$44,310
90th Percentile Wage
$60,420

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 $60,420. The median annual salary is $31,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,860.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of transportation and material moving occupations from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$31,600
2.75% 8.35%
2016
$30,730
2.08% -
2015
$30,090
1.86% -
2014
$29,530
1.46% -
2013
$29,100
0.48% -
2012
$28,960
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Table 2. Compare Salaries of All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations (2017 Survey)

Table 2 shows the median annual wage for each Transportation and Material Moving Occupations in the United States. Note that the median annual salaries vary considerably among transportation and material moving professions, ranging from $22,810 to $137,330. The highest-paid transportation and material moving occupations are airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers with a median annual salary of $137,330. The lowest-paid transportation and material moving occupations in the United States are parking lot attendants with a median annual salary of $22,810. 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
$137,330
Air Traffic Controllers
$124,540
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers
$111,930
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists
$96,980
Commercial Pilots
$78,740
Ship Engineers
$73,110
Air Transportation Workers
$72,310
Transportation Inspectors
$72,140
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$70,920
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators
$68,930
Subway and Streetcar Operators
$66,420
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
$62,810
Locomotive Engineers
$60,990
Rail Transportation Workers
$60,390
Locomotive Firers
$60,360
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$60,300
Locomotive Engineers and Operators
$59,810
Other Rail Transportation Workers
$58,690
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$57,270
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$57,260
Mine Shuttle Car Operators
$56,890
Water Transportation Workers
$55,590
First-line supervisors of transportation moving workers
$53,810
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers
$53,700
Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators
$52,420
Airfield Operations Specialists
$52,360
Wellhead Pumpers
$52,260
Crane and Tower Operators
$52,200
Flight Attendants
$50,500
Pumping Station Operators
$50,250
Bridge and Lock Tenders
$50,240
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
$50,150
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
$48,150
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers
$47,230
Traffic Technicians
$45,670
Motorboat Operators
$44,600
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
$43,500
Dredge Operators
$43,230
Hoist and Winch Operators
$43,210
Dredge, Excavating, and Loading Machine Operators
$42,950
Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators
$42,500
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
$42,480
Transit and Intercity Bus Drivers
$40,780
Sailors and Marine Oilers
$40,730
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers
$37,610
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders
$36,860
Other Transportation Workers
$36,760
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
$36,160
Motor Vehicle Operators
$35,910
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
$33,630
Bus Drivers
$33,010
Conveyor Operators and Tenders
$32,300
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
$31,450
School or Special Client Bus Drivers
$31,060
Other Material Moving Workers
$29,610
Machine Feeders and Offbearers
$28,510
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
$27,830
Material Moving Workers
$27,320
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers
$27,040
Other Motor Vehicle Operators
$26,640
Laborers and Material Movers
$25,680
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
$24,880
Other Transportation Workers
$24,480
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants
$24,260
Driver/Sales Workers
$24,040
Packers and Packagers
$23,430
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants
$23,390
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment
$23,360
Parking Lot Attendants
$22,810