Taxi Drivers

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

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

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

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

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Technology Skills

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Occupational Requirements

Detailed Work Activities

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Experience Requirements

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, tellers, and dental laboratory technicians.
SVP Range
3 months to 1 year of preparation (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Training & Credentials

State training
Local training
Certifications
State licenses
Apprenticeships
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Workforce Characteristics

Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2021)
$14.09 hourly, $29,310 annual
State wages
Local wages
Employment (2021)
128,500 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Much faster than average (11% or higher)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
19,400
State trends

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

State job openings
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Sources of Additional Information

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