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Careers in the USA: Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Quick Facts: Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

2012 Median Pay
$22,820 per year
$10.97 per hour

Entry-Level Education
Less than high school

Work Experience in a Related Occupation
None

On-the-job Training
Short-term on-the-job training

Number of Jobs, 2012
233,000

Job Outlook, 2012-22
16% (Faster than average)

Employment Change, 2012-22
36,200

What Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs Do
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs drive people to and from the places they need to go, such as airports, homes, shopping centers, and workplaces. They must know their way around a city in order to take both residents and visitors to their destinations.

Work Environment
About a quarter of taxi drivers and chauffeurs worked part time in 2012. About one in seven taxi drivers and chauffeurs had variable schedules. Work hours for these workers vary. Evening and weekend work is common.

How to Become a Taxi Driver or Chauffeur
Most taxi drivers and chauffeurs go through a brief training. Many states and local municipalities require them to get a taxi or limousine license. Although a high school diploma is not required, many taxi drivers and chauffeurs have one.

Pay
The median annual wage for taxi drivers and chauffeurs was $22,820 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
Employment of taxi drivers and chauffeurs is projected to grow 16 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will be affected by an increase in paratransit services.

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