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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Quick Facts : Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs*
2010 Median Pay$22,440
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012239,900
Job Outlook20% (Faster than average)
Employment Change47,000


Taxi drivers and chauffeurs drive people to and from the places they need to go, such as homes, workplaces, airports, and shopping centers. They must know their way around a city to take both residents and visitors to their destinations.

What Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs Do

  • Keep both the inside and outside of their car clean
  • Pick up passengers and listen to where they want to go
  • Help passengers when loading and unloading their luggage
  • Collect fares, including allowed extra charges
  • Keep a record of miles traveled

Work Environment

Driving for long periods of time, especially in heavy traffic, can be stressful for taxi drivers and chauffeurs. In 2010, 31 percent of taxi drivers and chauffeurs were self-employed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of taxi drivers and chauffeurs is projected to grow 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 with the increase in demand for taxi drivers.
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Pay

The average salary of taxi drivers and chauffeurs was $22,440 in May 2010.
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Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

22440

Transportation Occupations

46690.7692

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs*
Percent Change in Employment

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

19.5915

Transportation Occupations

10.4212869818394

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

Most taxi and limousine companies provide their new drivers with a short period of on-the-job training. This training usually takes from 1 day to 2 weeks, depending on the company and the location. Some municipalities require training by law.
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