Transportation & Material Moving

Employment of transportation and material moving occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding 634,300 new jobs. Material moving workers are expected to be needed to move materials in nearly all sectors of the economy. Additionally, the economy depends on truck drivers to transport freight and keep supply chains moving.

The median annual wage for transportation and material moving occupations was $31,600 in May 2017, below the median for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Airline and Commercial Pilots$111,930
Air Traffic ControllersAssociate's degree$124,540
Bus DriversHigh school diploma or equivalent$33,010
Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$29,250
Flight AttendantsHigh school diploma or equivalent$50,500
Hand Laborers and Material MoversNo formal educational credential$25,870
Heavy and Tractor-trailer Truck DriversPostsecondary nondegree award$42,480
Material Moving Machine Operators$34,830
Railroad WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$59,780
Taxi Drivers, Ride-Hailing Drivers, and ChauffeursNo formal educational credential$24,880
Water Transportation Workers$55,590
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, on the Internet at