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Transportation, Distribution & Logistics career cluster, in The United States

occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Air Traffic Controllers53-2021.00EClong OJT-0.2927,000$64,930$118,430
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors53-1011.00ERwork exp.2.036,300$30,170$50,830
Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3011.00RCI1,2 year0.63123,800$35,190$55,690
Airfield Operations Specialists53-2022.00ECRlong OJT0.846,900$26,420$50,270
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers53-2011.00RCIBachelor0.6470,800$66,970$128,760
Automotive Body and Related Repairers49-3021.00Rlong OJT1.84152,900$22,530$41,840
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers49-3022.00RCElong OJT2.518,100$20,590$33,580
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics49-3023.00RI1,2 year1.72723,400$20,810$39,060
Avionics Technicians49-2091.00RIC1,2 year0.6918,600$39,150$55,440
Bicycle Repairers49-3091.00RCImod. OJT3.769,900$17,560$25,250
Bridge and Lock Tenders53-6011.00RCEshort OJT*3,500$24,530$43,300
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists49-3031.00RC1,2 year1.45242,200$26,820$43,660
Bus Drivers, School or Special Client53-3022.00RCshort OJT1.2460,900$17,610$29,150
Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity53-3021.00RSmod. OJT1.48186,300$21,320$38,470
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels53-5021.00ERCwork exp.2.0436,100$31,610$73,760
Cargo and Freight Agents43-5011.00CERmod. OJT2.9382,200$23,920$42,310
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment53-7061.00RCshort OJT1.94310,600$16,640$22,620
Commercial Divers49-9092.00Rmod. OJT1.623,800$30,110$54,750
Commercial Pilots53-2012.00RIE1,2 year2.1232,700$38,520$80,140
Conveyor Operators and Tenders53-7011.00RCshort OJT1.1536,300$20,600$31,360
Couriers and Messengers43-5021.00RCEshort OJT1.26116,200$17,650$27,020
Crane and Tower Operators53-7021.00RCImod. OJT1.5740,100$29,200$50,610
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance43-5032.00CREmod. OJT1.86185,200$21,430$38,450
Dredge Operators53-7031.00Rmod. OJT1.482,100$23,440$43,120
First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand53-1021.00ERCwork exp.2.72167,400$27,980$47,180
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators53-1031.00ECRwork exp.1.43198,700$31,590$55,430
Flight Attendants53-2031.00ESClong OJT-0.0290,500$27,240$42,340
Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators53-7071.00RCmod. OJT-1.014,500$33,170$51,840
Gas Plant Operators51-8092.00RClong OJT-0.6513,700$40,800$61,090
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers53-3032.00RCmod. OJT2.061,604,800$25,110$40,360
Hoist and Winch Operators53-7041.00RECmod. OJT0.652,800$25,090$47,710
Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators53-7051.00RCshort OJT1.18522,200$20,390$32,090
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand53-7062.00Rshort OJT1.542,068,200$17,300$26,410
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers53-3033.00RCshort OJT1.47856,000$18,190$33,940
Locomotive Engineers53-4011.00RCwork exp.0.4438,700$37,520$54,830
Locomotive Firers53-4012.00RCwork exp.-0.511,100$38,860$48,550
Machine Feeders and Offbearers53-7063.00RCshort OJT0.01119,400$18,200$28,680
Material Moving Workers, all other53-7199.00Rmod. OJT1.1429,800$19,550$41,040
Mine Shuttle Car Operators53-7111.00Rshort OJT-0.623,100$41,620$51,310
Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines49-3042.00RC1,2 year1.62124,600$31,070$47,140
Motor Vehicle Operators, all other53-3099.00Rshort OJT1.1164,600$17,150$31,510
Motorboat Mechanics and Service Technicians49-3051.00RCIlong OJT2.0620,800$21,530$37,140
Motorboat Operators53-5022.00RCEmod. OJT1.493,100$18,800$38,560
Motorcycle Mechanics49-3052.00Rlong OJT2.3618,000$21,030$34,910
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers51-8093.00RClong OJT-1.444,200$38,820$60,730
Power Plant Operators51-8013.00RClong OJT-0.2540,500$41,460$65,080
Rail Car Repairers49-3043.00RCIlong OJT1.6921,700$28,680$47,430
Rail Transportation Workers, all other53-4099.00Rmod. OJT*3,100$30,180$54,930
Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers53-4013.00RCIwork exp.-0.365,600$28,510$43,450
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators47-4061.00Rmod. OJT0.1915,000$30,500$46,200
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators53-4021.00RCwork exp.-0.4221,700$29,360$50,260
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters53-4031.00ERCwork exp.0.4740,800$39,970$56,770
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians49-3092.00RIClong OJT2.239,900$21,770$36,120
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors53-7081.00RCshort OJT2.02139,900$18,770$35,230
Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas47-5012.00RECmod. OJT0.7222,500$30,990$56,540
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Sailors and Marine Oilers53-5011.00RCshort OJT2.1333,400$22,170$39,760
Ship Engineers53-5031.00RCE1,2 year1.810,100$40,370$75,480
Signal and Track Switch Repairers49-9097.00RCmod. OJT-0.27,100$38,520$55,390
Subway and Streetcar Operators53-4041.00RC*0.986,500$38,960$58,220
Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders53-7121.00RCmod. OJT0.2110,400$23,900$46,400
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs53-3041.00REshort OJT1.96239,900$17,050$25,140
Tire Repairers and Changers49-3093.00RCshort OJT1.8599,000$17,350$25,440
Traffic Technicians53-6041.00RIEshort OJT1.126,900$24,790$42,480
Transportation Inspectors53-6051.00RCIwork exp.1.4427,400$31,760$66,470
Transportation Workers, all other53-6099.00RCshort OJT1.3233,400$19,420$34,330
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers11-3071.00ECwork exp.198,600$48,050$88,920
occupation SOC code interests minimum education growth outlook current workers salary entry salary all
Wellhead Pumpers53-7073.00RCImod. OJT0.4615,100$26,930$46,140

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Footnotes


SOC Codes

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system classifies all careers and assigns a unique number to each. This SOC number can be used to follow up with other career databases.


Career Interests

Interests are the likes and dislikes of people who work in each career. Matching your interests can help you find a career that will be more satisfying and rewarding for you than occupations that do not meet your interests. Knowing your work interests can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you want to explore.

People and work environments can be classified into these six different groups:

Take an Career Interest Assessment to discover your interests.


Minimum Postsecondary Education Required

Minimum education is the usual minimum level of postsecondary (after high school) education required for each career.

Some careers have on-the-job training (OJT), which means that you go straight to the job and learn while you work.

Some careers require further education after high school before starting the career.


Growth Outlook

Growth outlook is the projected growth of the number of career openings per year from 2010 to 2020. High growth means that the number of openings are increasing, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is good. Low growth means that there may not be any openings, so the likelihood of getting a job in this career is not very good.

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Number of Current Workers

Current workers is the number of people in The United States in 2010 who were full-time and part-time employees, workers on paid vacation or other type of paid leave, workers assigned temporarily to other units and paid owners, officers and staff of incorporated firms. This excludes proprietors, owners and partners of unincorporated firms, unpaid family workers, workers on unpaid leave and contractors and temporary agency employees not on the company payroll.


Average Entry-Level Salaries

Salary entry is the estimated average salary for all entry-level (first-year) workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the annual 10th percentile wage.

Salary includes straight time, gross pay, exclusive of premium pay. Base rate, cost-of-living allowances, tips, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay, commissions, production bonuses and on-call pay are included. Excluded is back pay, jury duty pay, overtime pay, severance pay, shift differentials, non-production bonuses and tuition reimbursements.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


Average Salaries

Salary all is the estimated average salary for all workers in this occupation in The United States in 2012. Technically it is the mean annual wage.

Salaries over $187,200 are sometimes shown as >$187,200 rather than the actual salary.


This research was compiled, analyzed, and posted by Emil Barnabas.

The data come from multiple data tables from the US Department of Labor. Blanks in this table represent missing data, some due to confidentiality because of small numbers of workers in an occupation.




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