Driving Instructor Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (120 percent) of final income for Driving Instructors. That final number averages out to $32K across the industry. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.04 per hour, and the top verges on $20.59. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Driving Instructors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly one-fourth, and approximately one-sixth earn vision coverage. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Driving Instructors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,062 - $59,327
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$59K
MEDIAN: $40,978
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$10.04 - $20.59
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,062 - $59,327  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
Profit Sharing
$21,500  
Commission
$38,323  
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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$21,152 - $50,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $20.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
   
Commission
$38,323  
Profit Sharing
$21,500  
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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$21,152 - $50,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $30K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Driving Instructor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $41K on average.

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
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

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 37 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 25%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 17%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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