A Driving Instructor earns an average wage of $14.69 per hour.
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$24,886 - $56,702
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$25K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,398
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$10.14 - $20.33
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,886 - $56,702  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $1,976  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,584 - $49,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $20.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$18.12 - $36.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$101.37 - $1,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,584 - $49,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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Job Description for Driving Instructor

Driving instructors train people of different skill levels on how to correctly and safely operate vehicles. Instructors mainly work in vehicles with people who are either earning their license for the first time or those who have decided to make a career out of commercial driving (such as commercial truck drivers). Driving instructors cover a wide range of topics, including driver safety, traffic laws, and defensive driving tactics.

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Driving Instructor Tasks

  • Instruct, mentor, & tutor new drivers in the classroom and on the road.
  • Create an evaluation rubric and utilize it to fairly and accurately assess driver skills
  • Develop training materials and instruction modules designed to adequately prepare new drivers for real-life driving situations.

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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Driving Instructor Reviews

What is it like working as a Driving Instructor?

Driving Instructor in Modesto:
"California driving instructor."
Pros: Variety of travel. Interesting people. Independent working environment. 1-1 teaching. Problem solving. Adaptation to unexpected license. Great management proactive. Proper vehicle safety measures /maintenance.
Cons: Pay could be better as it is semi hazardous. Easier access to continuing education or ce credit.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Driving Instructor in Napa:
"Be very nice and patient."
Make your job fun, be nice and patient and encourage your students to keep trying. If they don't get it, show them different ways like some people learn by a simple drawing, or maybe they need to physically see you do it first. Always be aware of the other cars around you. Be ready for all ages, personalities , even ones that don't speak English , I find that very challenging, but I still get the point across and my students love me and I am the most requested instructor in town. I'm wanting to maybe work for DMV examiner for the benefits, sitting in a car for 40 hrs a week can put a lot of stress on your back and legs.

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Experience Affects Driving Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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