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53-3054.00 - Taxi Drivers

Drive a motor vehicle to transport passengers on an unplanned basis and charge a fare, usually based on a meter.

Sample of reported job titles: Cab Driver, Taxi Cab Driver, Taxi Driver

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Job Zone  |  Credentials  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Collect fares or vouchers from passengers and make change or issue receipts as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with dispatchers by radio, telephone, or computer to exchange information and receive requests for passenger service. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Complete accident reports when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine fares based on trip distances and times, using taximeters and fee schedules, and announce fares to passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive taxicabs or privately owned vehicles to transport passengers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and ensure that passengers follow safety regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Notify dispatchers or company mechanics of vehicle problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform minor vehicle repairs, such as cleaning spark plugs, or take vehicles to mechanics for servicing. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform routine vehicle maintenance, such as regulating tire pressure and adding gasoline, oil, and water. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pick up passengers at prearranged locations, at taxi stands, or by cruising streets in high traffic areas. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide passengers with assistance entering and exiting vehicles and help them with any luggage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide passengers with information about the local area and points of interest or give advice on hotels and restaurants. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Report to taxicab services or garages to receive vehicle assignments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test vehicle equipment, such as lights, brakes, horns, or windshield wipers, to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Turn the taximeter on when passengers enter the cab and turn it off when they reach the final destination. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Vacuum and clean interiors and wash and polish exteriors of automobiles. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Actsoft Comet; Penchant Software dispatchOffice; TranWare Enterprise Suite See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Mobile location based services software — Digital Dispatch; Easy Dispatch; Piccolo Software PiccoloTaxi; TSS Wireless Fleet Management Suite (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Web page creation and editing software — Facebook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Alarm systems — Alarms See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automobiles or cars — Taxicabs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Distance meters — Taximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Global positioning system GPS receiver — Global positioning system GPS receivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Instant messaging platform — Text messaging equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lifts — Wheelchair lifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles — Sport utility vehicles SUVs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Location based messaging service platforms — Satellite linkup systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card processing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Minivans or vans — Vans See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Smartphones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Mobile data computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS receipt printers — Mobile electronic funds transfer point of sale EFTPOS printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Point of sale POS terminal — Mobile electronic funds transfer point of sale EFTPOS equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Security cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surveillance video or audio recorders — Closed-circuit TV cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thin client computers — Communications computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean vehicles or vehicle components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive passenger vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain vehicles in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide transportation information to passengers or customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist passengers during vehicle boarding. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate costs of goods or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect fares or payment from customers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Follow safety procedures for vehicle operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect motor vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare accident or incident reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Report vehicle or equipment malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.
Employment data for Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.
Industry data for Passenger Vehicle Drivers, Except Bus Drivers, Transit and Intercity.

Median wages (2020) $15.54 hourly, $32,320 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 707,400 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Much faster than average (15% or higher) Much faster than average (15% or higher)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 110,200
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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