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Distinct Groups (52): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes530000.htm
Employment: 9,731,790
Mean Hourly Wage: $17.34
Mean Annual Wage: $36,070
Largest Employment Category—Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand—2,587,900
Smallest Employment CategoryLocomotive Firers—1,210
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Transportation and Material Moving occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 52 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Of these 52 job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Ambulance Drivers and Attendants (excluding Emergency Medical Technicians) Rapid Growth Video
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants Rapid Growth Video
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment Rapid Growth Video
Flight Attendants  Rapid Growth Video
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Numerous Job Openings Video
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Numerous Job Openings Video
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Numerous Job Openings Video
Motor Vehicle Operators Rapid Growth Video
Packers and Packagers, Hand Numerous Job Openings Video
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers Rapid Growth Video
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Rapid Growth Video
Wellhead Pumpers Rapid Growth Video

Fast Facts: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 9,731,790 are employed in this occupational group earn the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $36,070.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Transportation and Material Moving group’s mean hourly wage of $17.34, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $36,070.

Did you know? The Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area is runner-up – including metro and nonmetro areas – for both the top paying and the highest concentration categories for this occupation with a 138.73 per 1,000 jobs ratio and an annual mean wage of $53,390, representing a major premium over the occupation’s overall mean of $36,070. The metro area of Anchorage, AK is the top paying at $55,760 and Houma-Thibodaux, LA has the highest concentration of jobs with a 140.23 per 1,000 jobs ratio.

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1.    Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers (81,520) $152,770
2.    Air Traffic Controllers (23,240) $118,200
3.    Commercial Pilots (38,980) $86,260
4.    Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels (36,720) $81,520
5.    Ship Engineers (9,750) $74,120
6.    Transportation Inspectors (27,430) $72,650
7.    Locomotive Firers (1,210) $63,750
8.    Subway and Streetcar Operators (12,350) $62,380
9.    Locomotive Engineers (39,900) $61,020
10.  First-Line Supervisors of Transportation & Material-Moving Machine & Vehicle Operators (202,760)  $59,800
11.  Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators (3,890) $59,620
12.  Rail Transportation Workers, All Other (4,470) $59,480
13.  Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters (42,880) $58,220
14.  Mine Shuttle Car Operators (1,590) $56,370
15.  Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators (19,860) $55,320
16.  Crane and Tower Operators (45,020) $55,280
17.  Airfield Operations Specialists (8,760) $52,380
18.  Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers (4,530) $52,320
19.  Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors (7,460) $51,900
20.  Flight Attendants (113,390) $51,620
21.  Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining (2,550) $51,260
22.  First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand (183,620) $50,160
23.  Wellhead Pumpers (11,610) $50,730
24.  Hoist and Winch Operators (2,960) $50,020
25.  Traffic Technicians (6,410) $48,650
26.  Bridge and Lock Tenders (3,510) $46,680
27.  Dredge Operators (1,760) $46,530
28.  Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers (12,030) $46,270
29.  Sailors and Marine Oilers (32,530) $46,170
30.  Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators (48,320) $45,230
31.  Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (1,704,520) $43,590
32.  Motorboat Operators (3,290) $43,340
33.  Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity (169,680) $41,780
34.  Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders (10,920) $39,590
35.  Transportation Workers, All Other (37,660) $38,740
36.  Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors (114,680) $37,690
37.  Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers (858,710) $34,790
38.  Material Moving Workers, All Other (23,880) $34,540
39.  Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators (542,750) $34,260
40.  Conveyor Operators and Tenders (28,590) $33,870
41.  Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other (53,680) $32,930
42.  Bus Drivers, School or Special Client (515,020) $31,110
43.  Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants (18,410) $31,080
44.  Machine Feeders and Offbearers (88,070) $30,490
45.  Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand (2,587,900) $28,720
46.  Driver/Sales Workers (426,310) $28,440
47.  Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (188,860) $26,790
48.  Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians (17,300) $25,600
49.  Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment (348,770) $24,660
50.  Packers and Packagers, Hand (705,660) $24,430
51.  Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants (109,790) $24,280


What's Hot

What’s Hot: This is the planes, trains and automobiles group. The commercial airline industry lives in ‘rarified air’ as Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers (with a mean annual wage of $152,770, Air Traffic Controllers ($118,200) and Commercial Pilots ($86,260) hold the top three spots on this group’s Best Paid list. Clearly, the skies are friendly to this group. Interestingly, occupations related to ships are clustered in the 4th and 5th spots, followed by trains (at #6, 7 & 9) comprising most of the remaining Best Paid top ten.

What’s Not: Automobile-related occupations apparently hold less weight (both literally and figuratively) as Parking Lot Attendants (at $23,250) and Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants ($24,280) hold the first two positions on the Least Paid list. Similar to the undervalued Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics with a MAW of $36,110 in the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group, Ambulance Drivers and Attendants (excluding Emergency Medical Technicians) come in at $25,600. In addition, Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs are at $26,790 and Bus Drivers, School, who are entrusted with the safety of the country’s most valuable resource have a mean annual wage of $31,110. In a 2008 comment about the relative low pay of taxi drivers we flippantly noted “try getting around New York without them.” A lot has changed since then, as taxi drivers in places like New York City unexpectedly face an even more daunting threat to their occupational well-being these days with the advent of ride-sharing behemoths like Uber and Lyft.   

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Transportation and Material Moving occupational group are:

California (1,051,380 workers)
Texas (837,900)
Florida (501,290)
New York (484,920)
Illinois (473,430)

States with the highest concentration of jobs are:

Tennessee (95.38 per 1,000 jobs)
Kentucky (94.34)
North Dakota (93.02)
Arkansas (87.35)
Indiana (86.47)

The top paying States for this occupation are below. This list covers a lot of distance.

Alaska ($52,460 annual mean wage)
Hawaii ($44,830)
North Dakota ($44,670)
District of Columbia ($43,950)
Wyoming ($43,650)