Transportation Occupations

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Total Workforce
5.8M
Average Age
45.5
Average Salary
$45,208
Average Male Salary
$47,501
Average Female Salary
$31,974

About

Transportation Occupations are most often employed by the Truck transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Transportation Occupations was $45,208 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Transportation Occupations by wage are Community & Social Service Occupations, Education, Training, & Library Occupations, and Production Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Transportation Occupations are Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY, Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, and Jackson Heights & North Corona PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Transportation Occupations are Hialeah City (North Central) PUMA, FL, Ector CountyOdessa City PUMA, TX, and Sampson & Duplin Counties PUMA, NC.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Transportation Occupations and on wages and locations for those in the field. Truck transportation is the industry that employs the most Transportation Occupations, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Transportation Occupations, by average wage, is Business, professional, political, & similar organizations. Transportation Occupations are paid most in Cobb County (Northeast) PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Hialeah City (North Central) PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$45,208
AVERAGE SALARY
± $457

In 2018, Transportation Occupations earned an average of $45,208, $8,680 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Community & Social Service Occupations make somewhat more than Transportation Occupations while Production Occupations make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Transportation Occupations as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.408
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Transportation Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.408, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Transportation Occupations (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Transportation Occupations.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Transportation Occupations.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Transportation Occupations, by number of employees, are Truck transportation, Bus service & urban transit, and Taxi & limousine service.

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Industries by Share

5.8M
2018 Workforce
± 57,965
3.56%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.38%

The number of people employed as Transportation Occupations has been growing at a rate of 3.56%, from 5,599,802 people in 2017 to 5,799,213 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Transportation Occupations employed by various industries. Truck transportation employs the largest share of Transportation Occupations at  20.6%, followed by Bus service & urban transit with 6.2% and Taxi & limousine service with 5.94%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Transportation Occupations in the US. The average age of male Transportation Occupations in the workforce is 45.5 and of female Transportation Occupations is 45.3, and the most common race/ethnicity for Transportation Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

4.94M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 53,673
856k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 22,656

85.2% of Transportation Occupations are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Transportation Occupations.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Transportation Occupations
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

57% of Transportation Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.9% of Transportation Occupations, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Transportation Occupations.

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Age by Gender

45.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.158
45.3
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.367

The median age of Transportation Occupations is 45.5, and Male employees are generally 0.163 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Transportation Occupations from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Transportation Occupations is Business but a relatively high number of Transportation Occupations hold a major in Transportation.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Transportation Occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Transportation Occupations need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Transportation Occupations need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Operation and Control.

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