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List of Taxi Driver Salaries

By Edited Mar 26, 2014 0 0

Taxi Drivers

Salaries Listed by State

Becoming a taxi driver may not seem like the most lucrative profession (and it’s not), but you may be in a tight spot right now. Becoming a taxi driver is quite easy and it pays the bills. If you are on the other side of the coin, you may just love to drive and be of service to people in a hurry. This career could be perfect for you. And if it is, then you’ll be quite successful at it.

I’ve always wondered what it took to become a taxi driver. I really enjoy driving and being able to get to a destination in a hurry. But I never took the time to research how to become a taxi driver, or even what the average taxi salary is, until recently. And I hope to be able to share this information (and more) with you in this article.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Taxi drivers are located within cities and transport passengers for a certain amount of pay (plus any tips that are given). If you’ve ever been in a large city, you know how to hire a taxi driver. Here are a few ways:

  • Wave them down with your hand
  • Whistle to one driving by
  • Call one by phone
  • Ask a hotel assistant to hire you a taxi
  • Walk outside an airport terminal

Some taxi companies allow you to take your taxi home and work on an as-needed schedule. Others keep your taxi at the local garage for pickup at the beginning of your shift. The taxi driver must be thoroughly knowledgeable about all of the different streets and shortcuts throughout the city. This is a job for somebody who knows his/her own town.

BECOME A TAXI DRIVER

Becoming a taxi driver is quite simple. There are no educational requirements such as a college degree or training program. Although you must be at least 21 years old, have a superb driving record, and be in good health. Depending upon which state you live in, you will need to get either a chauffeur’s license or a taxi operation license. And you’ll need to renew your license each year. But that’s it! Now go get hired.

TAXI DRIVER SALARY

If you’re thinking that taxi driver’s make minimum wage, then you’d be wrong. They don’t make millions either. On average taxi drivers earn $23,930 annually. This data (and the following) is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You may be interested in seeing which states pay the most for taxi drivers. Following is a list of taxi driver salaries by state.

Alabama

Hourly: $9.43

Salary: $19,610

Alaska

Hourly: $11.93

Salary: $24,820

Arizona

Hourly: $11.24

Salary: $23,380

Arkansas

Hourly: $8.93

Salary: $18,570

California

Hourly: $12.47

Salary: $25,930

Colorado

Hourly: $11.60

Salary: $24,130

Connecticut

Hourly: $14.93

Salary: $31,050

Delaware

Hourly: $11.83

Salary: $24,600

District of Columbia

Hourly: $15.37

Salary: $31,960

Florida

Hourly: $10.63

Salary: $22,110

Georgia

Hourly: $9.51

Salary: $19,780

Guam

Hourly: $8.13

Salary: $16,910

Hawaii

Hourly: $12.74

Salary: $26,510

Idaho

Hourly: $9.82

Salary: $20,440

Illinois

Hourly: $12.12

Salary: $25,210

Indiana

Hourly: $10.25

Salary: $21,320

Iowa

Hourly: $10.41

Salary: $21,660

Kansas

Hourly: $10.64

Salary: $22,140

Kentucky

Hourly: $8.87

Salary: $18,450

Louisiana

Hourly: $10.84

Salary: $22,540

Maine

Hourly: $9.59

Salary: $19,950

Maryland

Hourly: $12.32

Salary: $25,620

Massachusetts

Hourly: $13.12

Salary: $27,280

Michigan

Hourly: $10.29

Salary: $21,400

Minnesota

Hourly: $11.47

Salary: $23,850

Mississippi

Hourly: $9.58

Salary: $19,920

Missouri

Hourly: $10.91

Salary: $22,690

Montana

Hourly: $9.97

Salary: $20,740

Nebraska

Hourly: $9.76

Salary: $20,310

Nevada

Hourly: $14.16

Salary: $29,460

New Hampshire

Hourly: $10.99

Salary: $22,850

New Jersey

Hourly: $12.51

Salary: $26,020

New Mexico

Hourly: $10.49

Salary: $21,820

New York

Hourly: $12.79

Salary: $26,610

North Carolina

Hourly: $10.51

Salary: $21,860

North Dakota

Hourly: $9.23

Salary: $19,190

Ohio

Hourly: $9.86

Salary: $20,510

Oklahoma

Hourly: $9.19

Salary: $19,120

Oregon

Hourly: $11.40

Salary: $23,720

Pennsylvania

Hourly: $10.95

Salary: $22,770

Puerto Rico

Hourly: $9.11

Salary: $18,940

Rhode Island

Hourly: $11.79

Salary: $24,520

South Carolina

Hourly: $9.27

Salary: $19,280

South Dakota

Hourly: $10.23

Salary: $21,270

Tennessee

Hourly: $9.45

Salary: $19,650

Texas

Hourly: $10.08

Salary: $20,970

Utah

Hourly: $11.60

Salary: $24,120

Vermont

Hourly: $11.01

Salary: $22,910

Virgin Islands

Hourly: $12.54

Salary: $26,070

Virginia

Hourly: $11.00

Salary: $22,870

Washington

Hourly: $12.35

Salary: $25,690

West Virginia

Hourly: $8.91

Salary: $18,530

Wisconsin

Hourly: $10.25

Salary: $21,320

Wyoming

Hourly: $10.58

Salary: $22,010

CONCLUSION

So if you enjoy driving around cities, like small talk, and can get places in a hurry, then you’d really enjoy this job. If not, there are other professions that may interest you more. Here’s a list of a few that might peak your curiosity:

1.    General Manager

2.    Paramedic

3.    IT Manager

4.    CEO

5.    Advertising Manager

Good luck in your search for the best vocation for you!

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