Driver Statistics in the US

The average employee age for drivers is 47 years. The driver workforce reached a whopping 2,224,619 in 2020!

Among drivers, we discovered that 17.1% of them are women, while 79.8% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among drivers is White, which makes up 63.8% of all drivers. Comparatively, there are 17.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of drivers are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Drivers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, drivers are more likely to find a job in the transportation industry. Looking at driver statistics, we found was that Oregon, California, Washington, Massachusetts and Montana are where drivers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about driver demographics? We analyzed 346,301 drivers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Driver Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as drivers. Keep reading to find out what the results for drivers were.

Driver Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among drivers is White, which makes up 63.8% of all drivers. Comparatively, there are 17.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 63.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 17.7%
  • Black or African American, 12.2%
  • Asian, 3.3%
  • Unknown, 2.1%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Drivers

The chart below shows that 71.2% of drivers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.8% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 3.8%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 71.2%
  • French, 6.8%
  • Arabic, 3.8%
  • Portuguese, 2.4%
  • Russian, 2.3%
  • Other, 13.5%

Most Common Degree for Driver

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for drivers. The most common degree for drivers is high school diploma. In fact, 49% of drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 14% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 14%.

Job Title
  • Certificate degree, 35%
  • High School Diploma degree, 30%
  • Bachelors degree, 12%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Other Degrees, 11%

Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the driver position over time.

Male
Female
99%
97%
94%
92%
89%
87%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Driver

By looking over 346,301 drivers resumes, we figured out that the average driver enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 32%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 73% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Drivers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, tank wagon driver and diesel truck driver have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Bus Matron13%83%
School Bus Attendant18%75%
School Bus Aide20%77%
Driver80%17%
Wrecker Operator93%2%
Diesel Truck Driver95%2%
Tank Wagon Driver96%4%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Tank Wagon Driver
Diesel Truck Driver
Wrecker Operator
Driver
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to drivers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Production Forklift Operator6.56%
Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Coach Operator7.91%
Warehouseman8.85%
Shipping Supervisor12.00%
Power Sweeper Operator13.50%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Driver?

male-income
Male Income
$28,081
female-income
Female Income
$25,258

Driver Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$29,732
$28,643
$27,555
$26,466
$25,378
$24,290
$23,201
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Master's Degree$25,235
Bachelor's Degree$27,881
Some College/ Associate Degree$28,244
High School Diploma or Less$28,643

Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$29,856
$28,643
$27,430
$26,217
$25,004
$23,791
$22,579
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of drivers is $37,074. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Drivers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Drivers Located?

By looking through more than 346,301 resumes, we found that the most popular places for drivers are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Drivers

Where Are Drivers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country drivers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ drivers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most drivers is the transportation industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire drivers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Driver Work In

Employees with the driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most drivers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

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Public

Private

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ drivers. Those industries include transportation, retail and manufacturing.

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Transportation

Retail

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Professional

Driver Jobs