What’s Hot: This is the planes, trains and automobiles group. The commercial airline industry lives in ‘rarified air’ as Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers (with a mean annual wage of $152,770, Air Traffic Controllers ($118,200) and Commercial Pilots ($86,260) hold the top three spots on this group’s Best Paid list. Clearly, the skies are friendly to this group. Interestingly, occupations related to ships are clustered in the 4th and 5th spots, followed by trains (at #6, 7 & 9) comprising most of the remaining Best Paid top ten.
What’s Not: Automobile-related occupations apparently hold less weight (both literally and figuratively) as Parking Lot Attendants (at $23,250) and Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants ($24,280) hold the first two positions on the Least Paid list. Similar to the undervalued Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics with a MAW of $36,110 in the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical group, Ambulance Drivers and Attendants (excluding Emergency Medical Technicians) come in at $25,600. In addition, Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs are at $26,790 and Bus Drivers, School, who are entrusted with the safety of the country’s most valuable resource have a mean annual wage of $31,110. In a 2008 comment about the relative low pay of taxi drivers we flippantly noted “try getting around New York without them.” A lot has changed since then, as taxi drivers in places like New York City unexpectedly face an even more daunting threat to their occupational well-being these days with the advent of ride-sharing behemoths like Uber and Lyft.
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.