Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs
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Overview
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Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on a planned or scheduled basis. May collect a fare. Includes nonemergency medical transporters and hearse drivers.
Titles for this career often contain these words
DriverCarBusSpecialShuttleTaxiChauffeurMotorCabCourtesyVanEscortFuneralCoachSchoolEducationAirportAutoBicycleMonitorCampusCDLCommercialDriversLicenseCorporateCrewDeliveryDriveAwayFlagHackHackerHearseJeepLimoLimousineLiveryLyftPoolNewPatientTransportationPedicabRehabilitationRentalDelivererRickshawOperatorClientNeedsTaxicabTowBarTransporterUtilityWorkerWideLoad
Education
Only 17% of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer shuttle drivers and chauffeurs have bachelor's degrees than 62% of other careeers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most passenger vehicle drivers, except bus drivers, transit and intercity earn.
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Gender
Women account for 16% of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs -- that's a smaller percentage than 71% of other jobs.
Gender of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For shuttle drivers and chauffeurs, the median men's salary was 20% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 46% of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs are minority, and 51% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (51%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Context: workers are union members
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (80%)
  • Consequence of Error (64%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (57%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (55%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (53%)
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (47%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (43%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do shuttle drivers and chauffeurs earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Bus, taxi, and other drivers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $45K$32K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire shuttle drivers and chauffeurs.
Employers of Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs (ACS)
Private for-profit (57.8%)
Private not-for-profit (3.6%)
Local government (3.9%)
State government (1.4%)
Federal government (1.3%)
Self-employed incorporated (7.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (24.6%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$27K$27K$30K$30K$26K$34K$34K$42K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$31K$0$10,000$20,000$30,000$40,000$50,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs and gender

With 16% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 71% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
Men (84%)
Women (16%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs tops that, with the median salary for men 20% higher than the median salary for women.

$24K$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 60% of other jobs.

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We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority shuttle drivers and chauffeurs than for 98% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
White (46% )
Black (28% )
Asian (13% )
Other (8% )
Multiracial (3% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs by nativity
$27K$29K$0$20K$40K$60KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 26% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 79% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time shuttle drivers and chauffeurs is shown following.

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Pathways to this career
Education attained by shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), shuttle drivers and chauffeurs typically hold a .

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as shuttle drivers and chauffeurs as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

Most employers prefer drivers to have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

All bus drivers must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Some new bus drivers can earn their CDL during on-the-job training. The qualifications for getting one vary by state but generally include passing both knowledge and driving tests. States have the right not to issue a license to someone who has had a CDL suspended by another state.

Drivers can get endorsements for a CDL that reflect their ability to drive a special type of vehicle. All bus drivers must have a passenger (P) endorsement, and school bus drivers must also have a school bus (S) endorsement. Getting the P and S endorsements requires additional knowledge and driving tests administered by a certified examiner.

Many states require all bus drivers to be 18 years of age or older and those who drive across state lines to be at least 21 years old.

Federal regulations require interstate bus drivers to pass a physical exam every 2 years and to submit to random testing for drug or alcohol abuse while on duty. Most states impose similar regulations. Bus drivers can have their CDL suspended if they are convicted of a felony involving the use of a motor vehicle or of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other actions also can result in a suspension after multiple violations. A list of violations is available from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Most bus drivers are required to undergo background checks before they are hired.

Education attained by shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs? Below we see the distribution of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs salaries based on the education attained.

$25K$27K$30K$29K$29K$29K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (14%)High School (36%)Some College (25%)Associate's/Cert. (8%)Bachelor's Degree (14%)Master's Degree (3%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Bachelor's
Graduate
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

What jobs will most shuttle drivers and chauffeurs hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list? For shuttle drivers and chauffeurs, there isn't a lot of action in this chart! This isn't a career that invites much moving around.

Bus, taxi, and other driversDriver/sales workers and truck drivers
Lateral job transitions for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 2 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as shuttle drivers and chauffeurs as well as 1% of respondents after working as shuttle drivers and chauffeurs. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as shuttle drivers and chauffeurs? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of shuttle drivers and chauffeurs surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most shuttle drivers and chauffeurs? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as shuttle drivers and chauffeurs. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where shuttle drivers and chauffeurs earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for shuttle drivers and chauffeurs.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Shuttle Drivers and Chauffeurs (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which shuttle drivers and chauffeurs earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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