Driving Instructor Salary (United States)

Driving Instructors in the United States pull down an average of $14.52 per hour. Pay begins at $9.96 per hour on the low end and climbs to $20.46 near the top. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; 24 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 20 percent get vision insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Driving Instructors. The majority of Driving Instructors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Driving Instructor Salary (?
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$19,883 - $60,832
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MEDIAN: $38,716
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Driving Instructor Salary (?
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$9.96 - $20.46
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,883 - $60,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $587  
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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$20,879 - $47,981  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 37
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $20.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $587  
   
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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$20,879 - $47,981  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Driving Instructor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Driving Instructors, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. New Driving Instructors earn approximately $29K, only slightly increasing to $33K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $38K. Driving Instructors experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Experience Affects Driving Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%
Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$31,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 24% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 75%
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