Driving Instructor Salary

Total annual pay for Driving Instructors is approximately $32K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — 124 percent on average. Earnings sit near $10.09 per hour on the lower side but can approach $20.38 on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Driving Instructors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Driving Instructors is high. Nearly one in four get medical and dental insurance, and just under one-fifth get vision plans, too. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,369 - $57,317
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$27K
$40K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,262
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$10.09 - $20.38
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$27,369 - $57,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
Total Pay (?
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$21,212 - $47,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $20.38  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.54  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
   
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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$21,212 - $47,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 260
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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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $30K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. As Driving Instructors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $41K.

Driving Instructor Advice

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 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 32 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 25% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 74%
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