Transportation Occupations

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2019 Workforce
5.92M
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Average Age
45.6
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Average Salary
$46,555
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Average Male Salary
$49,211
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Average Female Salary
$31,512
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Transportation Occupations are most often employed by the Truck transportation industry. The average yearly wage for Transportation Occupations was $46,555 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Transportation Occupations by wage are Education, Training, & Library Occupations, Community & Social Service Occupations, and Construction & Extraction Occupations.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Transportation Occupations are Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, Minot City PUMA, ND, and Middle Rio Grande Development Council PUMA, TX. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Transportation Occupations are Cedar Hill & Duncanville Cities PUMA, TX, Elizabeth City PUMA, NJ, and Middle Rio Grande Development Council PUMA, TX.

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 Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing. Transportation Occupations are paid most in Cobb County (Northeast) PUMA, GA but are relatively concentrated in Cedar Hill & Duncanville Cities PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$46,555
AVERAGE SALARY
± $476

In 2019, Transportation Occupations earned an average of $46,555, $8,969 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Construction & Extraction Occupations make somewhat more than Transportation Occupations while Education, Training, & Library 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

0.405
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Transportation Occupations had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.405, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Transportation Occupations

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

5.92M
2019 Workforce
± 58,536
2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 1.38%

The number of people employed as Transportation Occupations has been growing at a rate of 2%, from 5,799,213 people in 2018 to 5,915,105 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Transportation Occupations employed by various industries. Truck transportation employs the largest share of Transportation Occupations at  20.7%, followed by Bus service & urban transit with 6.39% and Taxi & limousine service with 6.35%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Transportation Occupations in the US. The average age of male Transportation Occupations in the workforce is 45.6 and of female Transportation Occupations is 45.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Transportation Occupations is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

5.03M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 54,129
888k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 23,063

85% 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)

56.3% of Transportation Occupations are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 17.6% 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

45.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.16
45.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.369

The median age of Transportation Occupations is 45.6, and Male employees are generally 0.273 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 degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree 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. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Transportation Occupations need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, and Troubleshooting.

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