Highest-Paying Driving Jobs
Many people enjoy being on the road, whether in a small town, large city, wide open spaces, or within the confines of a race track. If you are one of those individuals who loves to drive, here are some job possibilities that pay well.
|Job Title||Median Salary||Job Growth (2014-2024)*|
|Light Truck or Delivery Service Driver||$30,580 (2016)*||3%|
|Private Chauffeur||$53,833 (2017)**||13% (for all taxi drivers and chauffeurs)|
|Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer||$59,680 (2016)*||5%|
|Transit and Intercity Bus Driver||$39,790 (2016)*||6%|
|Race Car Driver||$47,710 (2016)*||6% (for all athletes and sports competitors)|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), **PayScale.com
Highest-Paying Driving Jobs Information
Light Truck or Delivery Service Driver
If you have ever had to sign for a package at your door, you have an idea of what delivery service drivers do. They deliver packages to homes and businesses. To become a delivery service driver, you need a high-school diploma or equivalent, a driver's license, and a clean driving record. The salaries can range widely, depending on the industry they are in; for example, couriers and messengers enjoyed a median salary of $46,610 in 2016, according to the BLS.
Private chauffeurs drive people to a variety of places for travel, special events, and everyday living. Chauffeurs are often well-paid and may be employed by just one client or could have many different clients, such as found while working with a limousine service. Strong customer service skills are important in these positions. Many states and local municipalities require a license to become a private chauffeur.
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer
Most law enforcement positions involve driving, and police and sheriff's patrol officers often spend a great deal of time patrolling their jurisdictions. These positions can pay well and usually offer free uniforms and many other benefits, as well. Officers must have at least a high school diploma. Some agencies require a college degree or some college coursework.
Transit and Intercity Bus Driver
Transit bus drivers transport passengers within a city or region on a bus route with many stops, while intercity bus drivers move passengers between towns and may even cross state lines. A high school diploma and commercial driver's license are required. Bus drivers also participate in on-the-job training programs. Per the BLS in 2016, the highest paid bus driving jobs were with the government or were related to sports and performing arts companies.
Race Car Driver
These drivers guide their cars around a track or course as quickly as possible, while moving past competitors and keeping others from passing them. In addition to driving, they are usually required to make public promotional appearances, as well. Although the median salary for a race car driver is under $48,000, there is a potential for much higher earnings for successful drivers. To be a race car driver, there is no formal education required, but exceptional driving skills are paramount.