Average Driving Instructors in the United States make around $14.66 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a fifth collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 64 percent of Driving Instructors are male. Job satisfaction for Driving Instructors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$25,081 - $56,087
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MEDIAN: $41,580
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$10.16 - $20.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,081 - $56,087  
   
Bonus
$101.37 - $1,976  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$21,652 - $49,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $20.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$14.70 - $36.43  
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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$21,652 - $49,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 223

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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

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

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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 Driving Instructors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. Driving Instructors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Driving Instructors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $41K.

Driving Instructor Reviews

Q: 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.

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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Key Stats for Driving Instructor

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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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 28 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 72%
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