Vehicle Operator Statistics and Facts in the US

Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for vehicle operators 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 53,270 vehicle operators currently employed in the United States.
  • 18.6% of all vehicle operators are women, while only 77.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed vehicle operator is 56 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of vehicle operators is White (65.1%), followed by Black or African American (14.9%) and Hispanic or Latino (14.0%).
  • The majority of vehicle operators are located in TX, Fort Hood and NY, New York.
  • Vehicle operators are paid an average annual salary of $61,871.
  • Vehicle operators average starting salary is $26,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 93% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid vehicle operators earn as much as $145,000 or more.
  • 14% of all vehicle operators are LGBT.
  • Vehicle operators are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Vehicle Operator Statistics By Gender

Among vehicle operators, 18.6% of them are women compared to 77.2% which are men.

Job Title
  • Male, 77.2%
  • Female, 18.6%
  • Unknown, 4.2%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Male
77.2%
Female
18.6%
Unknown
4.2%

Gender Pay Gap For Vehicle Operator

Women Earn 93¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$57,719
female-income
Female Income
$53,399

Vehicle Operator Male to Female Ratio

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%
Vehicle Operator77%19%
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
Vehicle Operator
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Vehicle Operator Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among vehicle operators is White, which makes up 65.1% of all vehicle operators. Comparatively, there are 14.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 14.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 65.1%
  • Black or African American, 14.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 14.0%
  • Asian, 3.0%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.4%
Job Title
Vehicle Operator RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
65.1%
Black or African American
14.9%
Hispanic or Latino
14.0%
Asian
3.0%
Unknown
1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native
1.4%

Vehicle Operator Wage Gap By Race

Black or african american vehicle operators have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Unknown vehicle operators have the lowest average salary at $53,924.
$57,000
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
$53,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$53,924
White$56,438
Black or African American$56,680
Asian$56,069
Hispanic or Latino$54,685

Average Age of a Vehicle Operator

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

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Hispanic or Latino
53
46
White
64
57
Black or African American
59
50
American Indian and Alaska Native
55
Asian
56

Vehicle Operator Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of vehicle operator employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of vehicle operators is 40+ years old, which represents 87% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Vehicle Operator YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
5%
30-40 years
8%
40+ years
87%

Types of Vehicle Operator Degree Levels

The most common degree for vehicle operators is high school diploma 33% of vehicle operators earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 28% and rounding it off is associate degree with 27%.

Job Title
  • High School Diploma, 33%
  • Bachelors, 28%
  • Associate, 27%
  • Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 6%
Job Title
Vehicle Operator DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
High School Diploma
33%
Bachelors
28%
Associate
27%
Diploma
6%
Other Degrees
6%

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Vehicle Operator Wage Gap By Education

Vehicle operators with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $58,349 annually. With a High School Diploma degree, vehicle operators earn a median annual income of $57,719 compared to $57,078 for vehicle operators with an Associate degree.
$61,000
$59,000
$57,000
$55,000
$53,000
$51,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
High School Diploma or Less$57,719
Master's Degree$58,349
Bachelor's Degree$52,203
Some College/ Associate Degree$57,078

Vehicle Operator Employment Statistics

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

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
7%
50 - 100 employees
4%
100 - 500 employees
11%
500 - 1,000 employees
11%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
38%
> 10,000 employees
29%

The Types Of Companies Vehicle Operator Work In

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

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
5%
Public
29%
Private
53%
Government
13%

Top Industries Hiring Vehicle Operators

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

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Transportation

Fortune 500

Manufacturing

Technology

Government

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Transportation
19%
Fortune 500
11%
Manufacturing
8%
Technology
8%
Government
7%
Professional
6%
Health Care
5%
Hospitality
4%
Insurance
4%
Education
4%
Finance
3%
Automotive
3%
Construction
3%
Retail
3%
Non Profits
3%
Media
2%
Internet
2%
Utilities
2%
Start-up
1%
Real Estate
1%
Energy
1%

Vehicle Operator Turnover And Employment Statistics

The Average Number of Years That Vehicle Operator Stay in a Job

By looking over 3,833 vehicle operators resumes, we figured out that the average vehicle operator enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 28%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
14%
1-2 years
28%
3-4 years
24%
5-7 years
17%
8-10 years
6%
11+ years
11%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Vehicle Operators 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 vehicle operators.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
Forklift Operator And Receiver6.56%
Tank Wagon Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Taxi Driver Supervisor7.91%
Switchman8.61%
Palletizer8.85%
Vehicle Operator13.50%

ProfessionascdescPercentages of LGBT ascdesc
Forklift Operator And Receiver
6.56%
Tank Wagon Driver
6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist
7.72%
Taxi Driver Supervisor
7.91%
Switchman
8.61%
Palletizer
8.85%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Vehicle Operators

The most common foreign language among vehicle operators is Spanish at 45.9%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Russian at 9.8% and French is the third-most popular at 8.2%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 45.9%
  • Russian, 9.8%
  • French, 8.2%
  • Carrier, 4.9%
  • Japanese, 3.3%
  • Other, 27.9%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
45.9%
Russian
9.8%
French
8.2%
Carrier
4.9%
Japanese
3.3%
Other
27.9%

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Where Do Vehicle Operators Earn The Most?

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

Average Salary

Where Are Vehicle Operators Located?

By looking through more than 3,833 resumes, we found that the most popular places for vehicle operators are TX, Fort Hood and NY, New York.

Number of Vehicle Operators