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Driving Instructor Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (125 percent on average) of overall compensation for Driving Instructors, and the median take-home for this group lies near $31K. Lower pay rates hover around $10.03 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.80. Most Driving Instructors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Close to a fourth receive medical and dental insurance and one in five get vision plans. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Driving Instructors who answered the questionnnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$24,747 - $57,284
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MEDIAN: $39,405
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$24,747 - $57,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
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$21,156 - $49,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 41
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Hourly Rate
$10.03 - $20.80  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.45  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
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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$21,156 - $49,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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 Driving Instructors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $30K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $32K. Driving Instructors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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.

Experience Affects Driving Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 26% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 20% employee benefits None: 73%