How Much Does the Average Cab Driver Make?

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How Much Does the Average Cab Driver Make?
Cab drivers transport people on demand. (Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Cab drivers, also know as taxi drivers, transport people from their homes to work and to restaurants, airports and other venues. They either work for themselves or for taxi service companies. Some use GPS or global positioning systems to find various locations. Others familiarise themselves with the cities in which they work. Cab drivers set mileage meters for each trip and charge customers by distance. Cab drivers' annual salaries include both weekly wages and tips.

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Annual Median Salary

Cab drivers earned annual median salaries of £14,586 per year in 2010, according to the latest available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 per cent of cab drivers earn median salaries between £12,005 and £18,512 per year. The top 10 per cent earned median salaries of at least £23,692. And the bottom 10 per cent earned £10,712 annually or less. The BLS included limo chauffeurs along with cab drivers in their data.

Average Regional Salaries

Cab drivers' salaries can vary widely in various regions of the country. For example, those in Maui/Kauai, Hawaii, earn the highest average salaries at £20,254 per year, according to the BLS. Drivers in northwestern Pennsylvania earned the second highest salaries at £20,228 per year. Cab drivers earned significantly less on average in Wisconsin and Nebraska. For example, cabbies in the west central part of Wisconsin made an average of £12,954 per year. They made £12,525 per year in the southwestern part of the state. In southeastern Nebraska, they earned average salaries of £12,532 annually.

Average Salary by State

Cab drivers earned their highest annual salaries in the District of Columbia at £22,938. Drivers in Nevada earned the second highest salaries at £20,293 per year. These workers earned £19,578 per year in Connecticut; £14,599 in Pennsylvania; £14,547 in Texas and £12,974 per year in North Dakota.

Average Salary by Metropolitan Area

Cab drivers tend to earn higher salaries in certain metropolitan areas. For example, those in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., metropolitan area earned the highest annual salaries at £24,037. Cabbies in the Peabody, Mass., area earned the second highest salaries at £21,034 per year. Cab drivers earned the lowest salaries in the Valdosta, Ga., area at £10,601. They made slightly more in the Johnstown, Pa., and Cheyenne, Wyo., areas at £12,122 and £12,915 per year, respectively.

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