Driving Instructor Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Driving Instructors. The median take-home amount in this area is around $32K, and on average, 120 percent of that final number comes from commissions. Compensation ranges from $10.04 per hour on the lower end to $20.59 on the higher end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. About one in four enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and close to one-sixth get vision benefits. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Driving Instructors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. 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. Driving Instructors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. 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
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Experienced
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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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