Transportation Careers Salaries
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Without transportation the economy would collapse. Automobiles, trains, airplanes, ships, buses, taxi cabs, and others, transportation keeps the nation going, which is why jobs are in abundance. Typically a person works for an actual business although some work independently. Using factors such as type of transportation career, experience, education, training, employer worked for, and geographic location, salary would vary.
These careers consist of transportation operations such as truck, bus, and cab drivers, train conductors, airplane pilots, ship captains and so on. For some operations jobs, only a high school diploma is needed whereas for others, a college diploma along with years of extensive training would be required. Salary for these transportation careers runs the gamut. For instance, driving a school bus or taxi cab might have a salary range of $25,000 to $35,000 a year whereas flying a plane or being a ship captain would consist of salary of $100,000 and more.
Transportation careers also involve employees who offer services to external customers. Ticket agents, baggage handlers, stewards and stewardesses, reservationists, and far collectors are perfect examples of people who work in the services field of transportation. Regarding salary, these workers typically earn anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 a year.
Transportation careers also involve administration on many different levels. Some of the more common roles include people working as clerks, schedulers, dispatchers, order takers, and others who perform duties behind the scenes. Depending on the exact type of administration role, education would be anything from a high school diploma to a college degree. While some positions require training some do not and for salary, the average a person makes is $30,000.
Several maintenance specialists are needed to keep vehicles and fleet in perfect working order. Most positions for these transportation careers require education and training through a vocational school or college however, some offer on-the-job training. With a wide range of positions and levels of expertise, salary could be anywhere from $15,000 to $55,000 a year.
Transportation careers involve management with an individual being responsible for delegating work, hiring/terminating employees, solving problems, and being the “go to” person. Most often, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management is needed no matter the area of transportation. The median salary for management is currently at $51,000.