Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 2,350,464 drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 17.0% of all drivers are women, while 83.0% are men.
  • The average age of an employed driver is 47 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of drivers is White (58.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (19.9%), Black or African American (12.7%) and Unknown (4.6%).
  • Drivers are most in-demand in Phoenix, AZ.
  • Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $42,446, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 88% of what men earned.
  • Iowa is the best state for drivers to live.
  • Drivers are 71% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Driver Statistics By Gender

17.0% of drivers are women and 83.0% of drivers are men.

  • Male, 83.0%
  • Female, 17.0%

Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male83.0%
Female17.0%

Gender Pay Gap For Driver

Women Earn 88¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$33,863
female-income
Female Income
$29,689

Driver Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201087.14%12.86%
201186.77%13.23%
201285.71%14.29%
201385.21%14.79%
201484.72%15.28%
201584.89%15.11%
201684.44%15.56%
201784.16%15.84%
201882.51%17.49%
201982.80%17.20%
202083.09%16.91%
202182.96%17.04%

Driver Male to Female Ratio

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

Job TitleMaleFemale
Bus Matron11%89%
Bus Escort18%82%
Bus Monitor19%81%
Driver83%17%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among drivers is White, which makes up 58.5% of all drivers. Comparatively, there are 19.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.7% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 58.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 19.9%
  • Black or African American, 12.7%
  • Unknown, 4.6%
  • Asian, 3.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Driver Race

Driver RacePercentages
White58.5%
Hispanic or Latino19.9%
Black or African American12.7%
Unknown4.6%
Asian3.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among drivers.

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

Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.50%11.45%2.35%16.22%
201167.13%11.83%2.37%16.11%
201266.42%11.98%2.52%16.45%
201366.50%11.52%2.43%16.97%
201466.23%11.96%2.62%16.62%
201565.31%12.30%2.66%17.08%
201664.53%11.93%2.75%17.95%
201764.32%12.06%2.78%18.12%
201863.82%12.10%3.08%18.13%
201964.21%12.07%2.90%18.03%
202061.43%12.05%3.13%18.32%
202158.48%12.74%3.48%19.93%

Driver Wage Gap By Race

White drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian drivers have the lowest average salary at $33,549.
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$33,938
White$34,295
Black or African American$33,676
Asian$33,549
Hispanic or Latino$33,861

Average Age of a Driver

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

Male
Female

Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4944
Unknown4639.5
Asian4643
Hispanic or Latino4543
White5148
American Indian and Alaska Native49.547

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 72% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Driver Age

Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years72%
30-40 years19%
20-30 years9%

Types of Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for drivers is high school diploma 43% of drivers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 18% and rounding it off is associate degree with 17%.

  • High School Diploma, 43%
  • Bachelors, 18%
  • Associate, 17%
  • Diploma, 12%
  • Other Degrees, 10%

Drivers By Education

Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma43%
Bachelors18%
Associate17%
Diploma12%
Other Degrees10%

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Driver Wage Gap By Education

Drivers with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $35,761 annually. With a Bachelors degree, drivers earn a median annual income of $35,294 compared to $34,964 for drivers with an High School Diploma degree.
$37,000
$36,000
$35,000
$34,000
$33,000
$32,000
$31,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$34,964
Master's Degree$31,663
Bachelor's Degree$35,294
Some College/ Associate Degree$35,761

Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where drivers work. We found most drivers work for a private company. 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.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees4%
50 - 100 employees11%
100 - 500 employees17%
500 - 1,000 employees12%
1,000 - 10,000 employees33%
> 10,000 employees23%

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.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education2%
Public26%
Private71%
Government2%

Top Industries Hiring Drivers

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, manufacturing and professional.

Transportation

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Professional

Retail

Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

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

Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearDriver Unemployment Rate
201010.33%
20118.73%
20127.76%
20136.88%
20145.54%
20154.98%
20164.17%
20174.08%
20183.68%
20193.45%
20205.26%
20215.44%

The Average Number of Years That Driver Stay in a Job

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%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year32%
1-2 years29%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years16%
8-10 years4%
11+ years6%

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.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Motor Vehicle Operator1.73%27,666
Driver3.95%-
Wide Load Escort6.17%1,317
Transit Operator8.69%30,489
Bus Aide8.77%47,159

Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Motor Vehicle Operator1.73%27,666
Wide Load Escort6.17%1,317
Transit Operator8.69%30,489
Bus Aide8.77%47,159

Foreign Languages Spoken By Drivers

The most common foreign language among drivers is Spanish at 71.2%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.8% and Arabic is the third-most popular at 3.8%.

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

Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish71.2%
French6.8%
Arabic3.8%
Portuguese2.4%
Russian2.3%
Other13.5%

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Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of drivers is $42,891. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Drivers Earn The Most?

Drivers earn the most in Vermont, where the average driver salary is $42,781. 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

Which State Has The Most Drivers?

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

Number of Drivers

Number Of Driver Jobs By State

Where Are Drivers In High Demand?

Drivers are in high demand in Phoenix, AZ. There are currently 215 job openings for drivers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country drivers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Driver Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Drivers Are Female?

17.6% of drivers are female in the United States. This is -0.3 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female drivers has increased by 4.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 391,532 female drivers in the U.S. and 1,833,087 male drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 2,224,619 people with the specific job title of driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 2,350,464 Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Drivers Are Black?

12.7% of Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Drivers?

Most a are White, with 58.5% of Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 19.9% of Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 12.7% of Drivers are Black or African American, 4.6% of Drivers are Unknown, 3.5% of Drivers are Asian, and 0.8% of Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Driver jobs are male - dominated. 83% of Drivers are male, and 17% are female, so there are more male Drivers than female Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Driver?

The average Driver is 48 years old. 72% of Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 19% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 9% are between 20-30 years old

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