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Taxi drivers and chauffeurs earned a median of $10.97 an hour, or $22,820 per year, in 2012. The highest-paid drivers made $37,200, while the lowest-paid brought home $17,050. A steady gig driving people in the financial investment and motion picture and video industries can bring in as much as $50,000 per year, but these jobs are hard to come by. New York City and Las Vegas have the highest levels of employment in this occupation, and the pay is good in those cities – around $15 or $16 an hour, on average. However, the two highest-paying metropolitan areas for taxi drivers and chauffeurs are Nassau, N.Y., and Elizabethtown, Ky., which pay close to $17 an hour.

Job Salary Year
2004 $22,310.00
2006 $22,920.00
2008 $24,420.00
2010 $25,560.00
2012 $25,140.00

Average Taxi Driver and Chauffeur Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs earned an average of $12.09 an hour, or $25,140 a year, in 2012. That’s about $8,800 less than what delivery truck drivers took home ($33,940), and roughly $13,300 less than bus drivers ($38,470). But taxi drivers make more than some other social service occupations on our list, including restaurant cooks ($23,300) and maids ($21,820).

Job Name Salary
Bus Driver $36,660.00
Delivery Truck Driver $29,390.00
Taxi Driver and Chauffeur $22,820.00
Restaurant Cook $22,030.00
Maid and Housekeeper $19,570.00

Best Paying Cities for Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs

The highest paid in the taxi driver and chauffeur profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Elizabethtown, Ky., and New York City. The Tacoma, Wash. area also pays well, as does the city of Olympia, Wash.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $35,520 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a taxi driver and chauffeur working in Nassau, N.Y. is $35,520, which is $12,700 more than the average pay in the profession.

Elizabethtown, Ky.

Average Salary: $35,010 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a taxi driver and chauffeur working in Elizabethtown, Ky. is $35,010, which is $12,190 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $34,060 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a taxi driver and chauffeur working in New York City is $34,060, which is $11,240 more than the average pay in the profession.

Tacoma, Wash.

Average Salary: $33,730 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a taxi driver and chauffeur working in Tacoma, Wash. is $33,730, which is $10,910 more than the average pay in the profession.

Olympia, Wash.

Average Salary: $32,800 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a taxi driver and chauffeur working in Olympia, Wash. is $32,800, which is $9,980 more than the average pay in the profession.

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